The Colorado Rockies have a few third base prospects that could factor into the major league club soon.
Elehuris Montero, acquired by the Colorado Rockies from the St. Louis Cardinals in February, was going to have to prove that the anomaly year in 2019 stayed in 2019. For Montero, he had a hamate injury that practically took all the power out of his bat in his first year in Double-A. However, in 2021 Elehuris Montero jumped right back on the ship, proving that his hitting capability went absolutely nowhere. Montero split time between Hartford and Albuquerque in 2021 and hit a combined .278 with 28 home runs.
He is currently playing third base but profiles as a first baseman when he arrives in Colorado, mainly due to defensive issues but he could break club with Colorado out of Spring Training.
Aaron Schunk was a two-way player out of the University of Georgia in 2019 and the Rockies picked him up in the 2nd round. Schunk came out swinging a hot bat in his pro career and had a down year in 2021 but there is still hope that Schunk could right the ship and show his true colors again. Aaron is listed as a third baseman but has begun to play second base, a position the Colorado Rockies lack depth at.
Colton Welker who made his major league debut in 2021, had a rather lackluster start to this year when he was suspended for 80 games due to failing a PED test. Welker, however, didn’t let that bump in his journey stop him and continued to work away from the club. He returned to Albuquerque in August and it was as if nothing changed. Welker came out swinging a red hot bat and that helped pave the way for the front office to make the call.
The Colorado Rockies do not have one of the strongest farm systems in baseball right now but they do have some pieces that could contribute to the team very soon. And there are even more guys that have shown development that will help them move up in the Rockies farm system and continuing to develop to get closer to the majors next season.