Colorado Rockies: 5 reasons for fans to be thankful this Thanksgiving

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies cheers after a defensive out in the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies cheers after a defensive out in the first inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team fields the ball against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL – JULY 09: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team fields the ball against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Behind Brendan Rodgers and company, the future is bright

Rodgers is currently listed as the sixth-best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.  A quick middle infielder who can hit for power and for average, he was drafted out of high school in 2015 as the number three pick behind Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman.

Last season, Rodgers split time between the High-A Lancaster JetHawks and the AA Hartford Yard Goats. Over that time, he hit .336 with 18 home runs and drove in 64 runs in 89 games.

Rodgers will be 21 until August of next season, so he’s still very young, but the Rockies organization as well as Rockies fans can’t wait for their chance to see him play at Coors Field.

Other young talented hitters abound in the Rockies system.  Rockies fans have seen glimpses of players like Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Ryan McMahon (55th overall according to MLB Pipeline). These players are only at the beginning of their careers and should continue to develop.

On the pitching side, Riley Pint is ranked 54th on MLB Pipeline. His ability to hit 102 MPH with his fastball combined with a plus change-up and strong power curve makes Pint one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

As a side note, Pint turned 20 earlier this month, so there’s plenty of room for growth.

Behind Pint, a long list of other talented pitchers await their turn to take aim at conquering Coors Field.

2017 was a good year, but Colorado might be even better in 2018, 2019, 2020, etc.

Next: Could the Rockies trade for a closer from New York?

So this Thanksgiving, Rockies fans can be thankful not just for a memorable season but also for the expectation that the future will be even better.

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