Colorado Rockies: Who are their top 6 minor league pitchers?

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Jul 8, 2020; Denver, Colorado, United States; Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Rolison (80) pitches during workouts at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 8, 2020; Denver, Colorado, United States; Colorado Rockies pitcher Ryan Rolison (80) pitches during workouts at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 1, 2021; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies Helcris Olivarez #73 poses during media day at at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2021; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies Helcris Olivarez #73 poses during media day at at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos via USA TODAY Sports /

#3 Will Ethridge 

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The right hander out of Ole Miss was a 5th round pick back in 2019 and has shown the Rockies organization that the University of Mississippi prides itself on aces of the future. Will has been dominating in all 6 of his starts in 2021. Carrying a 3-1 record with a 2.56 ERA and punching out 32 batters in 31 innings pitched and only allowing a total of 8 walks in his entire career, this is definitely a guy to watch coming up through the system.

#2 Chris McMahon #8 out of 30

If you asked Chris McMahon about being drafted in the second round, he’d tell you he was a little disappointed to not be a first round pick. But don’t let the title ‘Second Rounder’ deter you from the fact that he’s pitched like a first round player. In six starts, McMahon is 2-1 with a 4.36 era and 1.36 WHIP. He’s been a little shaky to start his career but has been better and better after every start.

#1 Helcris Olivarez #7 out of 30

It shouldn’t be a massive shock but the lefty signed in the 2016 international class has a ton of potential to become something great in the major leagues. He’s started off a bit slow in 2021 but has begun to look a little better.

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His current line of 1-4 with a 4.50 era isn’t something you’d expect in the “Best pitcher in the system aside from Ryan Rolison” however, I have faith that Helcris can ride through these minor bumps and get back to the level he’s shown to play at.

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