Colorado Rockies’ Farm System Ranked Eighth-Best in Baseball
The Colorado Rockies were a lot better in 2016 and players, the media and fans are even more optimistic for 2017. Arguably, the biggest contributor to the success in 2016 was the influx of youth on the roster. Jon Gray, Trevor Story, Tyler Anderson, David Dahl, Tony Wolters, and Carlos Estevez all were key contributors to a team remaining competitive throughout the summer.
Even with the recent promotions of these guys, the Rockies’ farm system is still stacked placing in the top 10 in MLB Pipeline’s preseason rankings.
This year, MLBPipeline.com ranked Colorado with the eighth-strongest farm system in Major League Baseball. You can check out the listing by clicking here. Colorado’s top 10 prospects (ranked by the site, in order from 1-10) were tabbed as Brendan Rodgers, Jeff Hoffman, Riley Pint, German Marquez, Raimel Tapia, Kyle Freeland, Ryan Castellani, Ryan McMahon, Antonio Senzantela and Peter Lambert.
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In terms of Colorado’s top 30 prospects, MLBPipeline.com breaks them down by position as well. Two are at catcher, one at first base, one at second base, three at shortstop, three at third base, four in the outfield, 11 right-handed pitchers and five southpaws.
Everyone knows that Coors Field is a tough place to pitch but sheerly by the number of options they have in the minor leagues it seems like the Rockies will find guys that are equal to the task. Having six of the 10 players on the top 10 list (and 16 of the 30 on the overall list) be pitchers certainly bodes well for Colorado’s future on the mound.
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Interestingly, the article includes a look back at the Rockies’ list of top ten prospects for the past seven years starting in 2011. The 2013 ranking is especially appropriate when considering this year when the top four prospects were David Dahl, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Chad Bettis.