There’s a few young guys that would need to be protected too.
13. Peter Lambert
Lambert struggled some in his freshman season in the majors in 2019 but the Rockies were a bit thin on the pitching front due to some injuries and struggles of others.
However, Lambert has been one of the Rockies’ top three prospects in recent years, and considering that he just turned 23, he has plenty of time to develop either in Albuquerque or in the majors.
14. Ben Bowden
He’s one of the Rockies top prospects entering 2020 and he has already played some at the Triple-A level.
He struggled after the promotion but he pitched really well at Hartford and the Rockies need relievers, and left-handed relievers in particular.
He’ll likely make his MLB debut in either 2020 or 2021 so the Rockies would protect him from the expansion draft.
15. Colton Welker
Welker is a bit closer to the major leagues that Vilade so he may be of more help in the near future for the Rockies infield.
He’s the Rockies third-best prospect heading into 2020 via MLB.com and he’s the 10th best third base prospect out there so if the Rockies wouldn’t protect him, he might be picked up by another team.