A look at the seasons put together by Colorado Rockies prospects Ezequiel Tovar and Adael Amador
9. Ezequiel Tovar, SS, A/A+: .287/.322/.475, 105 wRC+, 3.6 BB%, 12.2 K%, 15 HR, 24 SB
The first major riser of the list, Ezequiel Tovar was a highly regarded prospect out of Venezuela when he signed with the Rockies in 2017. Tovar joined the organization with slick defensive actions and smooth athleticism along with quick hands at the plate.
Despite the high pedigree, Tovar hit just .255 with 2 home runs over his first two pro seasons and looked like a glove-only player. Things changed in 2021.
The 6-foot Tovar finished 9th among Low-A West hitters in OPS. He was also 15th in stolen bases and home runs.
For a potentially elite defensive SS, the overall offensive upside is tantalizing. Tovar had a tough transition to Spokane but still managed to hold his own despite turning 20 just days before his promotion.
While he’s likely two years away from the bigs, Tovar has a chance to be the Rockies’ SS of the future. At the worst, he can be a game-changing defender with speed and quality contact skills.
10. Adael Amador, SS, ACL: .299/.394/.445, 122 wRC+, 13.5 BB%, 14.5 K%, 4 HR, 10 SB
Signed for a whopping 1.5 million in 2019, Adael Amador joins the Rockies organization with as much hype as any international prospect that’s come through the organization. In his pro debut, the Dominican SS lived up to the billing.
Standing just 6-foot, 160 pounds, Amador’s game doesn’t center around power. Instead the 18-year-old offers prodigious plate discipline and coordination at the plate, in the field, and on the basepaths. These skills were evidenced through his exceptional walk and strikeout totals as well as his double-digit stolen base count.
The fact that Amador smacked four long balls in roughly a third of a season’s worth of games is promising and leaves the door open for 15-20 home run power.
The second switch-hitter in the top 10, Amador has shades of Jose Ramirez in his game. If he can come anywhere close to Ramirez as a player, the Rockies will have a dynamic player on their hands.
Amador will likely join Benny Montgomery in Fresno next season for what would be yet another elite offense for the Grizzlies.