|1.||Drew Pomeranz, rhp|
|2.||Nolan Arenado, 3b|
|3.||Chad Bettis, rhp|
|4.||Wilin Rosario, c|
|5.||Tim Wheeler, of|
|6.||Trevor Story, ss/3b|
|7.||Tyler Anderson, lhp|
|8.||Kent Matthes, of|
|9.||Kyle Parker, of|
|10.||Josh Rutledge, ss|
Colorado Rockies' Prospects Report also is high on Drew Pomeranz, Nolan Arenado and Chad Bettis but sees more potential in Tim Wheeler than Wilin Rosario and is shocked to see Josh Rutledge ranked so low, below Trevor Story and Tyler Anderson especially.
Wheeler strikes out way too much but he is also a much more well rounded and dangerous hitter than Rosario, who either homers or K's. Wheeler piled up doubles and home runs, hit for a much higher average. He is, as previously written here, a better prospect than the talented and hyped Rosario.
Story is a solid prospect but he just completed rookie ball, with success. He's a fine prospect who must prove he can hit at higher levels. I did rank him no. 1 for his classification. I like him.
Anderson has not thrown a pitch yet for the system, was overvalued in the draft and was picked, negligently or recklessly (you pick), over prep hitter Josh Bell, drafted later by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Anderson should not yet be ranked, with no production in the system or the minors. He's not that kind of overwhelming, low-risk prospect.
Rutledge put up a torrid second half of the season, hitting way over .400 and showed real extra-base power. He looks, at worst, like a solid utility infielder who will have a long career (think Craig Counsell, with power) and could be, at best, a long-term hitting solution at second base, with Troy Tulowitzki owning shortstop for the foreseeable future. Don't sleep on Rutledge.
The Colorado Rockies' Prospects Report loves him.
Kent Matthes and Kyle Parker are also low on this list. I believe, for now, that Matthes' hit tool is legitimate and if healthy again, he will prove it. Parker had a very solid rookie season of above-average power and plus-production, even if in a hitter's park. He needs to defend the strike-zone better but he has big-league ability.
See the hitter and pitcher ranking tab on the top of this page for the CRPR's evaluation of prospects.
Projected 2015 starters
Jack Etkin, writing for Baseball America, lists his 2015 projected starters for the Rockies.
|First Base||Kent Matthes|
|Second Base||Trevor Story|
|Third Base||Nolan Arenado|
|Left Field||Tim Wheeler|
|Center Field||Dexter Fowler|
|Right Field||Carlos Gonzalez|
|No. 1 Starter||Drew Pomeranz|
|No. 2 Starter||Jhoulys Chacin|
|No. 3 Starter||Chad Bettis|
|No. 4 Starter||Alex White|
|No. 5 Starter||Tyler Anderson|
I personally agree with much on Etkin's list, his assessment from his research and interviews. While I believe Chad Bettis has tremendous upside and could pass Jhoulys Chacin as a pitcher, I'm content with ranking him as a no. 3 starter. Drew Pomeranz has no. 1 starter ability. Will be become that? That, I'm still unsure about. Optimistic but not sold. Alex White as a no. 4 sounds plausible. Don't forget Edwar Cabrera, who will be at Double-A next season as a challenger at the no. 5 spot. He at least has minor league production, Anderson doesn't yet.
Amongst the hitters, I'm not sold yet on Rosario, who's massive power potential is overshadowed in my opinion by his terrible inability to hit for average last year. He was solid if unspectacular in that area in 2010 but I want to see proof he can justify his place in a starting lineup on a daily basis offensively, in the minors, before thinking he's the next Johnny Bench or Mike Piazza (sans Piazza's defense).
Projecting Matthes at first base is creative and smart. He can hit. At least Etkin sees his value as a hitter, which other experts are overlooking.
Give me Josh Rutledge at second base, at least for now, over talented but still very green Trevor Story.
I also think Kyle Parker will push for an outfield spot or a trade.
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