Down on the farm: Colorado Rockies prospect recap at August’s end

Tyler Paddor
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Ryan Village #9 of the National League Futures Team bats against the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Ryan Village #9 of the National League Futures Team bats against the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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March 13, 2020; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Jacob Saunders (white jersey) from Denver and his family stand outside Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Saunders and family members drove from Colorado to attend a Colorado Rockies game today but Major League Baseball suspended the 2020 spring training season last night in response to the COVID-19 virus health emergency. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA Today Network
March 13, 2020; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Jacob Saunders (white jersey) from Denver and his family stand outside Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Saunders and family members drove from Colorado to attend a Colorado Rockies game today but Major League Baseball suspended the 2020 spring training season last night in response to the COVID-19 virus health emergency. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA Today Network /

Now, things get even more exciting. The Rockies Rookie-league affiliate in the Arizona Complex League is loaded with young talent, headlined by the 2021 draft class.

Arizona Complex League

Hitters:

Juan Guerrero: 27 PAs, .500/.519/.962, 266 wRC+, 3 2B, 3 HR, 1 BB, 3 K 🔥🔥🔥
Adael Amador: 30 PAs, .231/.286/.385, 72 wRC+, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K
Benny Montgomery: 16 PAs, .313/.313/.438, 90 wRC+, 1 3B, 0 BB, 4 K
Ben Sems: 21 PAs, .400/.476/.467, 149 wRC+, 1 2B, 3 BB, 4 K 🔥
Zach Kokoska: 10 PAs, .300/.300/.300, 59 wRC+, 0 BB, 2 K
Hunter Goodman: 19 PAs, .214/.368/.357, 99 wRC+, 2 BB, 4 K
Braxton Fulford: 14 PAs, .200/.429/.200, 102 wRC+, 4 BB, 5 K

Juan Guerrero is simply playing his way into Rockies’ top-30 lists. Combining a smooth swing and a quality approach with budding power, the sky is the limit for Guerrero.

Recently turned 18-year-old Adael Amador has slowed since a magnificent start to his pro-debut but he still flashes a lot of the tools you want in a young hitter.

Top 2021 draft pick Benny Montgomery seems to be finding his groove. He’s yet to homer or walk as a pro but he’s making consistent contact, an encouraging sign.

The rest of the prominent draft crop has fared well thus far. Ben Sems has been on fire recently while Zach Kokoska, Hunter Goodman, and Braxton Fulford were less impressive but their overall numbers are still good so far.

Pitchers:

Luis Amoroso: 3.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.48 FIP, 0 BB, 5 K
Cullen Kafka: 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB, 2 K
Joe Rock: 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 2 K
Mason Green: 2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 2 K
Tyler Ras: 1.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 4 K
McCade Brown: 2.0 IP, 13.50 ERA, 1 BB, 1 K
Evan Shawver: 1.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 0 K

Luis Amoroso deserves some attention. He’s dominated all season in the ACL.

Cullen Kafka, Joe Rock, Mason Green, Tyler Ras, McCade Brown, and Evan Shawver all debuted last week with mostly promising performances across the board. Keep an eye on this group as they accumulate more innings.

The Rockies Dominican Summer League teams feature some really premium talent, arguably the best group of players the club has ever had at the level.

Dominican Summer League

Hitters:

Adrian Pinto: 37 PAs, .517/.556/.966, 281 wRC+, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 4 K 🔥🔥🔥
Sandry Hernandez: 32 PAs, .407/.484/.481, 177 wRC+, 2 2B, 3 BB, 1 K 🔥
Fadriel Cruz: 32 PAs, .481/.563/.704, 244 wRC+, 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 BB, 4 K 🔥🔥🔥
Yanquiel Fernandez: 32 PAs, .276/.344/.448, 122 wRC+, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 3 K
Gerard Ramos: 24 PAs, .333/.417/.667, 191 wRC+, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 9 K 🔥

The 5’8″ Adrian Pinto is a force to be reckoned with. He doesn’t strike out much, draws a lot of walks, and has flashed a little bit of power to accompany his plus speed.

Sandry Hernandez and Fadriel Cruz join Pinto with astronomical production over the last couple weeks.

The highly-regarded Yanquiel Fernandez has remained consistent, displaying huge power without much swing and miss.

Gerard Ramos deserves some attention following a hot start to his season.

Pitchers:

Victor Juarez: 8.2 IP, 2.08 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 4 BB, 5 K
Jordy Vargas: 4.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 0 BB, 4 K
Wuardo Fernandez: 10.0 IP, 0.90 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 2 BB, 10 K
Angel Valencia: 6.1 IP, 1.42 ERA, 0.16 WHIP, 0 BB, 11 K 🔥

The DSL pitching has been remarkable. Victor Juarez pitched respectably though he failed to meet the sky-high bar he set for himself early in the year. He’s firmly on top-30 organizational prospect radar.

17-year-old Jordy Vargas, like Juarez, has been excellent this year and turned in another quality performance.

Finally, the duo of Wuardo Fernandez and Angel Valencia were stellar the last two weeks and have climbed the organizational ladder as players to be watching.

Next. The big compliment paid to this Rockies prospect. dark

Overall, the last two weeks held tons of encouraging performances from the Rockies’ top prospects. Tune back in for our next update early in September.

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