Colorado Rockies 2014 Top 15 Prospects

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The Colorado Rockies farm system has some star power, and has guys that are future role players in the big leagues.  They have talent spread out through the low and high minors, so their system should be good for a number of years.  They have as good a combo of pitchers as any team at the top of their prospect list.

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Triple A: Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Pacific Coast League)
Double-A: Tulsa Drillers (Texas League)
High-A: Modesto Nuts (California League)
Low-A: Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic League)
Short-Season A: Tri-City Dust Devils (Northwest League)
Advanced Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (Pioneer League)
Complex-Rookie: DSL Rockies (Dominican Summer League)

#15

Julian Yan – OF
Date of Birth: November 27, 1991
Height/Weight: 6’2″/180 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent

2013 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2013 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- COL 86 343 316 33 66 15 4 7 35 18 11 18 113 .209 .264 .348 .612 110 4 6 2 1 0
2013 21 Asheville SALL A COL 53 210 189 22 39 12 1 5 20 12 9 14 64 .206 .279 .360 .639 68 1 5 2 0 0
2013 21 Tri-City NORW A- COL 33 133 127 11 27 3 3 2 15 6 2 4 49 .213 .241 .331 .571 42 3 1 0 1 0
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Generated 1/23/2014.

Analysis: After spending two years at both the Dominican Summer League and the Pioneer League, Yan finally got his first taste of full season A ball in 2013.  He has a cannon of an arm, and a very high upside in both bat skill and power.  Despite having five years of pro ball under his belt, he is still very raw.  He has the ability to play right field in the big leagues today, if he didn’t have to hit.  If he can find a way to turn his tools into results at the plate, he could be really good, he just has a lot of work still to do.

2014 Prognosis: The Rockies may move Yan up to Modesto, not because he has earned it, but because they don’t want him to repeat a level yet again.  He needs to start making consistent contact, and the California League is a good place to find the bat.

#14

Cristhian Adames – SS
Date of Birth: July 26, 1991
Height/Weight: 6’/160 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent

2013 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2013 21 Tulsa TL AA COL 107 446 389 45 104 19 2 3 36 13 7 34 78 .267 .331 .350 .681 136 11 4 17 2 0
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Analysis: Adames will probably top out as a defensive focused utility infielder, but he has hit reasonably well in his six years of pro ball.  He has decent range, an above average arm, and a solid glove, but his offense just isn’t there.  He is not a fast baserunner, and has shown little-to-no power.

2014 Prognosis: Since Adames has been in the organization for six years, he was moved to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.  He will get a good look during big league camp this spring, but should spend most the year at Triple-A with a chance of a late season big league debut.

#13

Jayson Aquino – LHP
Date of Birth: November 22, 1992
Height/Weight: 6’1″/170 lbs.
Acquired: International Free Agent

2013 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- COL 0 10 .000 4.34 15 14 0 0 0 0 87.0 87 48 42 5 26 0 73 5 1 2 365 1.299 9.0 0.5 2.7 7.6 2.81
2013 20 Tri-City NORW A- COL 0 1 .000 3.13 4 4 0 0 0 0 23.0 21 8 8 1 5 0 16 1 0 0 93 1.130 8.2 0.4 2.0 6.3 3.20
2013 20 Asheville SALL A COL 0 9 .000 4.78 11 10 0 0 0 0 64.0 66 40 34 4 21 0 57 4 1 2 272 1.359 9.3 0.6 3.0 8.0 2.71
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Generated 1/23/2014.

Analysis: Aquino does not have a big fastball, but his curve and change are impressive.  His motion is very repeatable leading to a professional K/BB ratio nearing 5/1.  It did take him nearly three years to advance out of the Dominican Summer League and make his debut in the states, plus his numbers from 2013 don’t look great, especially his 0-10 record, but he does project to be a potential number five starter.

2014 Prognosis: It seems Aquino is working on becoming a better pitcher, and not focusing on his stats, but that said, a season in the California League could kill his value.  I like Aquino to start off in Low-A with a late season bump to Double-A in 2014.

#12

Tyler Matzek – LHP
Date of Birth: October 19, 1990
Height/Weight: 6’3″/210 lbs.
Acquired: 2009, 1st round (11th overall)

2013 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2013 22 Tulsa TL AA COL 8 9 .471 3.79 26 26 0 0 0 0 142.1 147 67 60 13 76 0 95 5 2 5 627 1.567 9.3 0.8 4.8 6.0 1.25
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Generated 1/23/2014.

Analysis: Once ranked as high as the 23rd overall prospect in baseball by Baseball America, Matzek’s stock has fallen, but his future is still bright.  He has a big fastball coming from a big-bodied lefty and a curve that can make a hitters knees buckle, but it is still inconsistent.  His control is an issue, and will likely limit him to the bullpen in the future, just as he did in the Arizona Fall League this past season.  He could develop into a quality late inning lefty specialist in the near future.

2014 Prognosis: I like Matzek to start in Triple-A and focus on working out of the bullpen.  If he adjusts to the pen quickly, he could easily find himself in the big leagues this year, but his debut will likely not be until September or 2015.

#11

Chad Bettis – RHP
Date of Birth: April 26, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’1″/200 lbs.
Acquired: 2010, 2nd round

2013 Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
2013 24 COL NL 1 3 .250 5.64 16 8 0 0 0 0 44.2 55 34 28 6 20 2 30 2 1 2 208 79 1.679 11.1 1.2 4.0 6.0 1.50
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Generated 1/23/2014.

Analysis: Bettis remains rookie eligible, and therefore eligible on my list, by 16 outs.  He did not impress all that much after making his August 1 debut, and he did get eight appearances out of the bullpen after just one in his minor league career.  He is not listed among the eight potential starters on the Rockies official depth chart, but is listed as a reliever.  He has a four pitch mix, including two solid breaking balls, so he has a chance of success as a starter, but his long term role is probably in the bullpen.

2014 Prognosis: Spring camp will probably be one of the last chances for Bettis to salvage a starting career in the big leagues.  If he struggles in camp, he will likely be moved straight to the bullpen, where he can be a very valuable middle reliever.

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