Colorado Rockies: David Dahl, German Marquez Named Prospects of the Year
Outfielder David Dahl and reliever turned starter German Marquez were named yesterday as the Colorado Rockies Prospects of the Year by MLBpipeline.com.
Dahl joined the Rockies on July 25, hit safely in his first 17 games (which tied a MLB record) and finished with a .315 batting average, with 12 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 63 games. His numbers would translate to 59 extra-base hits over a full season, per Thomas Harding of MLB.com:
"Dahl, the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2012 (10th overall), was named Colorado’s prospect player of the year thanks in part to his strong Minor League numbers. Dahl hit .278 with a .367 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage at Double-A Hartford, and sizzled in 16 games at Triple-A Albuquerque — hitting .484/.529/.887 with five home runs, six doubles and two triples in 62 at-bats."
Additionally, Marquez got better with each outing and finished the season as a starter. His outlook for 2017 looks very promising.
In 21 starts at Double-A Hartford, Marquez went 9-6 with a 2.85 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 135 2/3 innings. He struck out seven or more 10 times, and twice took hitless starts into the eighth inning. At Triple-A Albuquerque, Marquez went 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 31 innings.
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Marquez, the Rockies’ No. 5 prospect, struggled in his MLB debut, giving up three runs in 2 1/3 innings at San Diego in relief, something he didn’t do much in the minors. But he did not allow a run in his next two relief appearances (three innings) per Harding.
In his final start of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers, Marquez pitched six innings, allowing just two runs on six hits with just one walk and seven strikeouts in a no-decision (87 pitches, 56 for strikes).
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Both Dahl and Marquez will have important roles for the team in 2017. Getting some MLB experience in 2016 will do wonders for their development and is in the best interests of the organization.