20) Warming Bernabel, 3B, ACL/A: .312/.367/.516, 123 wRC+, 6.7 BB%, 14.4 K%, 7 HR, 9 SB
Like Fernandez, Warming Bernabel wasn’t a widely known Rockies prospect coming into the year and likely still isn’t. His midseason promotion to Fresno moved the needle on his recognition but his slow transition repealed some of that progress.
The recently turned 19-year-old obviously has some ardent supporters in the organization given his promotion over some of the older prospects in the ACL.
At the plate, the infielder’s hands clear the zone like lightning. His hands create high contact rates as well as quality bat speed, giving him the potential to hit for average and power.
Bernabel ran into some trouble in Low-A, though, as his contact-centric approach yielded too many ground balls (37.1 percent in ACL and 52.8 percent in Low-A). Still, he has quality upside as a versatile infielder. He’ll likely stay in Low-A to start the season, unless the Rockies see noticeable progression in the spring.
21) Juan Guerrero, 3B/OF, ACL: .318/.394/.500, 133 wRC+, 9.4 BB%, 17.0 K%, 4 HR, 9 SB
There was a back-and-forth about whether to place Bernabel or Guerrero higher. Ultimately, Bernabel’s younger age and Low-A promotion won out.
Still, Guerrero seems like the higher upside prospect. His swing and approach are advanced and there’s plenty of projectability remaining. Guerrero is an athletic player, too, who can steal some bags and play a solid corner outfield spot.
Watch out for him in full-season ball, where he’ll add to the richness in Fresno’s future lineup.