20. German Marquez
The 22-year-old right-hander showed his stuff in scattering three hits over eight innings against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field on May 10. That showed the kind of pitching that has Marquez with six wins this season and a bright future ahead of him.
19. Alexi Amarista
The Little Ninja. Sneaky pull pop. Versatility. There have been plenty of things associated with Amarista in his first year with the Rockies. He’s been good, but not spectacular. However, he’s one of Bud Black’s favorites to come off the bench when a change is needed on offense or defense.
He’s already played five positions this season for the Rockies and Black even teased that he could be Colorado’s position player to pitch if the need ever arose. Here’s hoping it doesn’t.
18. Jeff Hoffman
Hoffman bounced back and forth between Denver and Albuquerque for a while this season before finally landing as a key component of Colorado’s rotation. He’s now put together a 5-1 record and 4.15 ERA in 10 games (nine starts). The ERA is ballooned from a disastrous outing against Arizona on June 21 where he gave up nine runs in 3.2 innings.
He’s also gone 20.2 innings over his last three starts, giving Colorado quality length out of its starter.
17. Ryan Hanigan
He was the catcher for Kyle Freeland‘s near no-hitter on Sunday. He has given the Rockies a veteran presence behind the plate when perhaps their young pitching corps needed it the most. While he’s not doing anything spectacular at the plate (hitting .246 with two homers and nine RBI), he adds experience to a battery that needs just that.
He’s also leapfrogged (for now) Murphy and Garneau on the depth chart, so that says a lot about what Rockies management thinks about him and his importance to the team.
16. Raimel Tapia
Con mucho swagger, right? Colorado’s fastest player hits the All-Star break on a tear, hitting .323 for the season, including .379 in July. He provides a spark for the Rockies and has shown he can get on base and cause some damage when he gets there.