Keith Law of The Athletic recently released his list of both the top 100 prospects and his top 20 prospects for the Colorado Rockies recently (both require a subscription). Both lists are lists you should definitely check out, as you’ll get a look at some of the best prospects with the Rockies and in the sport, in general.
There will almost definitely be some that you will disagree with, especially in the top 100 list since there are more opportunities for disagreement.
For the Rockies, Law was, largely, in step with most of the baseball world in his key points.
- The Rockies don’t have a great farm system
- Their best prospects are in the lower minor leagues (team records indicate that too); and
- Their top draft picks in the last two seasons have been very good picks
One of those draft picks that he had a little bit low on his list was 2021 2nd round pick Jaden Hill … but Law put a caveat on his ranking.
Colorado Rockies pitching prospect Jaden Hill could be a great pitching prospect
Jaden Hill, 22, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of Louisiana State University last year and, currently, he is the #11 prospect on Keith Law’s list.
However, Hill is a bit of a risk. In his three years at the collegiate level, he made a combined 13 appearances (nine starts) with 51 1/3 innings. That was partially due to an elbow injury.
But Law believes that if he was healthy, Hill could have been a top-five overall draft pick last year or even a first overall pick. He cites Hill’s good frame (6-4, 234 pounds), his fastball that has touched 99 MPH, and his very good changeup as well.
Law ranked him lower because of the lack of pitching in college and the injury but he believes that if he is healthy for the entire 2022 season, he will be the Rockies best pitching prospect. Currently, Law has him ranked as the Rockies #4 pitching prospect.
Hill will likely begin his professional career in either Low-A Fresno or High-A Spokane in 2022.
Both teams will be must-watch teams in 2022, especially
when the MLB season is delayed as they may even better than they were last year, when the two teams combined to go 141-90, and have a .610 winning percentage, which is equivalent to a 99-63 team in a 162-game season.