2. (1st, #27) Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsberg High School, Pennsylvania
The second of Colorado’s first round picks, Nikorak has not had as smooth an ascent as Rodgers. Health is one of the major factors for this, as Nikorak had to have Tommy John surgery before the 2017 season, costing him all of that year and a good chunk of the next.
Nikorak started 2019 healthy, however he’s struggled so far this season in a relief role for Asheville in the A league. Nikorak isn’t on any top 100 lists, though MLB.com ranked him as the Rockies’ #28 prospect during the preseason.
3. (Collective Bargaining Pick A, #38) Tyler Nevin, 1B/3B, Poway High School, California
Nevin, the son of former #1 overall pick Phil, has been climbing the minor league ladder slowly but steadily. He is currently in his first season at Double-A Hartford where he’s hitting a middling .240/.361/.320 through 119 plate appearances.
While we’re still waiting for his father’s home run power to show itself, the younger Nevin did hit a blistering .426/.535/.593 in 71 PA during the Arizona Fall League. He also hit .328/.386/.503 in 417 plate appearances in Advanced-A ball Lancaster last season. He’s currently considered the Rockies’ #6 overall prospect according to MLB.com.