August 27, 2008 12:11 AM
It's been a decent season for Rockies prospects, with two rising to top 50, perhaps even top 25 status in the MLB, and several others showing encouraging progress. Two teams, Modesto and Asheville, will make the postseason. There is a somewhat disappointing lull forming between waves when it comes to position players after Dexter Fowler before the next star quality player comes along. Injuries to Hector Gomez and Chris Nelson this season plays a big part in that, as their developments have been sidetracked.
August 19, 2008 8:45 PM
Next week the minor league seasons wrap up for most of the Rockies affiliates, as does this blog (don't worry, I and my colleague Russ will continue prospect coverage throughout the offseason at Purple Row), so before I go I thought I'd give a general rundown of what happened with each team this season. I will break down the strengths and weaknesses of the Rockies current top prospects and rank them in player capsules next week to finish things off.
August 12, 2008 7:22 PM
Looking for movement in players statistics late in the minor league season can sometimes illuminate breakout candidates for the following year, or also highlight slumping players who have reached the limits of their endurance. This week I'm going to look at each of the four full season levels for players whose overall season lines are masking the talent levels that their second half lines indicate they may have risen to. In most of these cases, the players will typically be pretty good bets to emerge (or in a very prominent AAA case, re-emerge) as at least decent prospects for the Rockies in 2009.
August 5, 2008 6:11 PM
With less than a month of regular season play left in the minor leagues, August is a good time to start looking back on the progression made by players in the system. I'm going to start this week by trying to unearth a few of the under the radar prospects that for various reasons aren't as easy to pick out. First I will list five prospects in the system with legitimate major league starting caliber tools, and then I'll conclude by pointing out one more player from each level that could wind up playing an important bench role for the Rockies or another club, but for various reasons may never crack the mainstream national prospect radar.
July 29, 2008 6:55 PM
Knowing who's up and coming in the Rockies system will only give a partial picture of its strengths and weaknesses. In order to complete that picture, one needs to draw some comparisons to the systems of other teams. In this post I'm going to give a quick overview of the prospects of the other four NL West squads.
July 22, 2008 6:07 PM
Jhoulys Chacin has established himself as the top up and coming pitcher in the Rockies system this season, going 14-1 with a 1.89 ERA between stops at Asheville and Modesto. Last season, Chacin was good at Casper, but not nearly this good. It's clear that he's made a significant step forward.
July 15, 2008 6:19 PM
With typically only a 72 game schedule, statistics in the short season/rookie leagues can be more easily prone to misinterpretation than most full season leagues, as it will only take a relatively minor slump or an out of character hot streak for a month or two for a player to look a lot different from where their career arc will take them. On the Casper Ghosts right now, the Rockies have one intriguing example of a player who has come somewhat out of nowhere as far as prospect watchers are concerned to be putting some fantastic numbers as a 19 year old. The next question to ask with catcher Wilin Rosario would be: "Is he for real?" The answer, it seems, is most likely yes.
July 8, 2008 5:28 PM
Christopher Nelson was considered by many scouts to be the 2004 draft's top available high school athlete when the Rockies picked him with the ninth overall selection. While his initial season showed much promise, his career since then has shown just one more glimpse of that promise, his breakout season in Modesto in 2007. What exactly does this sort of performance foretell for this once promising prospect? Are there examples of major leaguers who have had similar delays in their development but still found success? The answers aren't all promising, but there is one recent example with a remarkably similar athlete to Nelson that should give Rockies fans some hope that Nelson still can play a significant role with the team.
July 1, 2008 4:57 PM
To evaluate catching prospects, one must weigh two distinct sets of data -- one for offense and one for defense -- and hope that the aggregate measures up to an MLB level player.
June 24, 2008 4:57 PM
With most of the full season leagues switching over to the second half it's a good time to take a step back and look at some of the frontrunners among our prospects and those that might have some catching up to do.