Brian Mundell, 1B, No.29 overall prospect
Being that Brian Mundell barely cracks the club’s top 30 prospects, it may seem odd that he finds himself on this list. However, there is a ton of potential for Mundell and his future in a Rockies uniform, especially when his primary position is a general position of weakness for the team.
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Mundell starred three years at Cal Poly before Colorado selected him in the seventh round of the 2015 June Amateur Draft. While at Cal Poly, Mundell improved his overall offensive output each subsequent year, finishing with a respectable .275/.367/.443 career line with a .810 OPS.
During his first season at Low-A Boise, Mundell appeared in 69 games and slashed .275/.355/.410 with four home runs and 36 RBI. As he had never previously been a big stolen base guy, Mundell did swipe seven bags in that time as well. The next season, at Class-A Asheville, Mundell performed exceptionally.
Over the course of 136 games, Mundell slashed .313/.383/.505 with 14 home runs and 83 RBI. He also posted a supreme .396 wOBA and 152 wRC+. Following his promotion to Double-A, Mundell posted a .274/.359/.387 line in 180 games. Surprisingly, Mundell worked an 11% walk rate and only 14.53% strikeout rate.
Presently at Triple-A, Mundell is slashing .351/.419/.584 with a .425 wOBA and 148 wRC+. While his strikeout rate has increased to 23.3%, his walk rate remains constant at 10.5%. The Rockies are weak at first base and need someone who can be a consistent option into the future. They may have found their guy.
The Rockies do not have a top five or even top ten farm system in baseball, however for what they do currently have its not half bad. Legitimate talent does exist in the ranks, and many under-the-radar names have the opportunity to be great, assuming that opportunity presents itself.
There are a few guys who are in the top five who could knock on the door for the Rockies next season, as is the case for a guy like Brian Mundell.
Assuming the brass can continue to move the team in a trajectory of success and can get their young players legitimate time, these three and more will have the best chance at breeding success at the highest level.