A third pitching prospect from the Yankees could also factor in to the Rockies rotation.
Albert Abreu, 25, is the Yankees #19 prospect but he could also factor into the rotation if the Rockies wanted. He is slightly further behind Schmidt and Garcia as he hasn’t pitched in Triple-A yet. However, with no minor league season in 2020, the Yankees did call on him to pitch in the majors for two relief appearances.
His best pitch is a fastball that sits around 98 but can top triple digits. His main problem is control, as in 2019 in Double-A, he walked nearly five batters per nine innings. MLB.com says his chances of making as a starter are “diminishing” but even so, he could provide the Rockies will a good bullpen arm, as long as he figures out the control issues.
Clint Frazier, 26, has never been given everyday playing time with the Yankees since they have the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton but when they are injured (and they are injured a ton), he has gotten some playing time. He has nearly three years of MLB service time but the Rockies would still get four years of control with him.
When he plays, he does really well at the plate. In the last two seasons, he has played in 108 games, and in those games, he has had a 162-game average of 30 home runs and 96 RBI (in other words, if he kept his play in the 108 games to a full 162, that’s what he would have averaged) with an OPS+ of 125. He has struggled a bit defensively, though.
The former top prospect (ranked as high as #24 overall by MLB.com before the 2017 season) is best as a corner outfielder and with the Rockies current outfield situation but with Charlie Blackmon getting older and the DH likely coming to the NL in 2022, the Rockies could easily use Frazier and Blackmon in a platoon between right field and DH.