Rockies' Prospects Report: Everyone knows Nolan Arenado is the Rockies' top prospect. How good can he be, as in what do you see his ceiling as and at the same time, what's his floor?
|Texas Rangers' All Star Michael Young|
RPR: Maybe offer a player comp for Arenado?
RPR: Drew Pomeranz - his fastball is respected, his curveball has been mentioned as a plus-pitch. Can he succeed and stay healthy finishing off curveballs at altitude with Denver his home address?
Mitchell: The break is not the same on pitches at that altitude so, for me, the key to his success is that he will have to refine his other secondary offerings if his curve fails him at home games. Jason Hammel is a guy who had a good curveball and saw it regress three straight season in Colorado, going from +14.1 runs his first year to -3.3 last year. The key for Pomeranz is to recognize when he "doesn't have it" and work off of his other pitches. I think he can succeed, though.
RPR:. One interviewee mentioned the names Steve Carlton and Jerry Reuss when discussing Pomeranz. I even think of a Cliff Lee-in development guy. Are those names all pie in the sky for Pomeranz or can be become an outstanding to elite pitcher, and for a team that plays at Coors?
|4-time All Star Mark Langston|
A fair ceiling and comparison from the past would be Mark Langston and one from the present would be Gio Gonzalez. And those comps are nothing to be ashamed of.
RPR:. Tim Wheeler had a bust-out season a year ago, exhibiting outstanding power. He also showed himself to be streaky going the wrong way at times and struck out a ton. Is he a quality MLB starter or far less, as in more low-level starting outfielder or a no. 4?
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RPR:. Chad Bettis has produced since drafted and was outstanding in the second half of 2011 (High-A Modesto). Is he someone who could be in Denver as soon as the second half of 2012 or will AA prove to be all he can handle for now? Do you see him as more no. 2/3 starter quality or a reliever?
RPR:. The Rockies have some bats with good power but they come with questions too. MLB starters or not down the road - Kyle Parker, Kent Matthes & Corey Dickerson?
Mitchell: I think Parker has the best chance thanks to his power bat and power arm. Matthes looks like the fourth outfielder but one with a very good bat. Dickerson is the furthest away and, although he put up crazy numbers in 2011, he has his home park to thank and only hit .193/.280/.363 away. His defense is below-average as well.
Mitchell: This season will be the ultimate test for Cabrera. If Cabrera can come close to what he did last season scouts cannot point to his "lack of stuff" and we have to take him seriously as a prospect and he could find himself in AAA by year's end. Rutledge still has time if he happens to take a step back and plays an up-the-middle position so there will be more patience with him. I bet Rutledge finishes the year in AA no matter what and Cabrera has to starts there and his results determine where he winds up.
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