By Spencer Impellizzeri @Spence_I on April 25, 2014
The Rockies have struggled over the past couple seasons, but they have taken advantage of that, loading up on top prospects from the draft. Nolan Arenado broke through last season and had a big impact with the big league club, and it looks like more players are on their way in the near future. Here's a look at the stocks of the top 5 Rockies prospects.
McMahon is tearing it up in his first full season as a professional. In just 18 games, McMahon has hit eight home runs and driven in 15 runs, while maintaining a .317 batting average. He has also drawn 12 walks and has an on base percentage of .425. Just 19 years old, the future looks bright for McMahon.
Herrera had a breakout year at the plate last season and saw his stock rise, but it has fallen after a slow start to 2014. Herrera has managed to hit just .264 at Class A Advanced this season, striking out 12 times opposed to just two walks. He is on pace to have an average year, and if he does he will fall down the Rockies' organizational depth chart.
Dahl has a rare blend of power and speed that is helping his stock soar. Dahl is only hitting .254 through 18 games, but he has hit four home runs and stolen four bases. He is on pace to hit more than 25 home runs and steal more than 25 bases this season, showing the potential to be a really special player.
Butler has put up some solid numbers so far this season and his stock has benefited because of it. Butler is 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts and has held batters to a .220 average. The Rockies will take it slow with him, but Butler has a big future in the starting rotation.
The Rockies first-round pick last year, Gray is the Rockies' big time prospect. While his numbers this season may not look great, as he is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA, they don't tell the whole story. Aside from a bad outing where Gray gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning, he has pitched well. Gray has allowed just one run in his last 11.2 innings pitched and happened to take the loss in the game he gave it up in.
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