Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com ranked the overall minor league systems of each of the 30 MLB teams and he ranked the Colorado Rockies system as second-worst in baseball.
The Colorado Rockies entered the 2019 season with one of the weaker farm systems in the game of baseball, as they were ranked 21st by MiLB.com before the start of the 2019 season. Entering 2020, though, they are ranked even worse, as Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com ranked the Rockies farm system as the second-worst in baseball. Only the Milwaukee Brewers were ranked lower.
The Rockies system is ranked lower heading into 2020 for a few reasons. First off, some other teams leapfrogged the Rockies. Entering 2019, the Red Sox and Cubs were ranked as the 29th and 30th farm systems in baseball but now, they are 27th and 22nd.
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Another reason, and the main reason, is that the Rockies’ top prospects did not play well in 2019 or were injured. Overall, on the top prospect list, infielder Brendan Rodgers slid from #10 to #29. That was partially due to his labrum surgery that cost him much of the 2019 season.
Ryan Castellani was injured for much of the season and when he wasn’t injured, he pitched to an ERA of 8.31 in 10 starts. Peter Lambert also graduated out of prospect status, which leaves Rodgers as the Rockies only Top 100 prospect.
The Rockies #2 prospect Ryan Rolison pitched to a 4.87 ERA in Advanced-A Lancaster and Riley Pint has, at least thus far, been one of the biggest draft busts in Colorado Rockies history due to numerous injuries and not knowing where the baseball is going (in 156 IP, he has had 124 BBs, 20 HBPs, and 55 wild pitches).
The overall breakdown by position players and pitchers, the Rockies were ranked 25th in position players and 27th in pitchers.
Given the crossroads that the Rockies major league roster seems to be at and the financial hardships that the Rockies have put themselves into a corner with, the farm system doesn’t look like that they will be helping the Rockies a ton in the near future, which is a big problem for Rockies fans.