After making the playoffs in 2018, the Colorado Rockies missed the playoffs in 2019. Colorado has one of the best offenses in baseball none the less, but they also have mediocre pitching.
The Rockies have the talent to make it to the playoffs in 2020 if there is an MLB season. Colorado has a decent farm system. The Colorado Rockies have had some guys recently come out of nowhere from the minor league ranks.
Colorado has had some good players recently come up from the minors. Who’s next in line to potentially help them out down the road none the less?
The top prospect in the Rockies farm system is second baseman/shortstop Brendan Rodgers. He was the third overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Rodgers only appeared in 25 games last season at the MLB level. He will see a lot more time at second base because Trevor Story is the starting shortstop none the less.
Brendan Rodgers’s batting average last season with Colorado was .224 with seven RBI’s, along with zero stolen bases. His on-base percentage was also .272. He did not go yard at all, but Rodgers will need to develop some power none the less in order to succeed in the majors.
In only 37 games with the Albuquerque Isotopes, his batting average was .350 with nine home runs and 21 RBI’s, along with zero stolen bases. Brendan Rodgers’s on-base percentage was .413.
The second-ranked prospect in Colorado’s farm system is left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison. He is currently in High-A with the Lancaster JetHawks. Rolison’s projected time to reach the majors is 2021, but it may be delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus.
He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Ryan Rolison knows how the keep his batters off-balanced, but he has a habit of walking a lot of batters none the less.
Rolison has a good fastball and some good offspeed pitches none the less. With two teams last season, his record was 8-8 with a 4.40 ERA. In 131 innings pitched, he gave up 137 hits and 73 runs. Ryan Rolison also walked 40 batters and struck out 132.
Colorado hopes he can become the ace for this franchise none the less down the road. They need some pitchers and they need to have some quality in them none the less.
The third best prospect in the Colorado Rockies farm system is first baseman Michael Toglia. He is the first baseman of the future for this franchise none the less.
Ian Desmond is not the answer at first base for Colorado long term. He has played more of second base and shortstop throughout his career. Michael Toglia is currently in shortened season A with the Boise Hawks.
He was the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Toglia is a switch hitter and he catches lefty none the less. Michael Toglia is a tremendous hitter none the less, but his defense could use some work.
In 41 games in the minors last season with Boise, Toglia’s batting average was .248 with nine home runs and 26 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. His on-base percentage was .369. He is projected to reach the major leagues in 2022 none the less.
The fourth-best prospect in the Colorado Rockies farm system is third baseman/outfielder Ryan Vilade. Vilade is currently in Double-A with the Hartford Yard Goats.
He is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Ryan Vilade was the 48th overall pick (second round) in the 2018 MLB Draft. Vilade is a good player. He will be more of an outfielder in the majors than at third base because of Nolan Arenado. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this baseball team none the less. It will be interesting to see if Ryan Vilade has the tools to be an everyday outfield none the less moving forward.
In 128 games last season with the Lancaster JetHawks, his batting average was .303 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI’s, along with 24 stolen bases. Vilade’s on-base percentage was .367. His offense is very good, but his defense will need work none the less moving forward. He would be a perfect designated hitter if he was playing in the American League none the less.
The fifth thru eighth-ranked prospects in the farm system is shortstop Terrin Vavra (#5 ranked Colorado Rockies prospect, according to MLB.com), third baseman Aaron Schunk (#6 ranked Colorado Rockies prospect, according to MLB.com), third baseman Colton Welker (#7 ranked Colorado Rockies prospect, according to MLB.com), and first baseman Grant Lavigne (#8 ranked Colorado Rockies prospect, according to MLB.com).
For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and search the players’ tab and the top prospects tab none the less.
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