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Prospect Rolison gets intrasquad experience

Left-hander impresses with 2 hitless innings at Coors Field
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July 12, 2020

DENVER -- The Rockies presented left-handed pitching prospect Ryan Rolison with a gift for turning 23 on Saturday night: a start in the team’s Summer Camp intrasquad game. It was up to Rolison to face down a solid lineup to make his birthday happy. Rolison -- Colorado's first-round pick in

Undrafted righty Goldsberry agrees with Rockies

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July 1, 2020

DENVER -- The Rockies’ scouting relationships with players from the Denver area have paid off in another non-drafted free agent -- University of Kansas right-handed relief pitcher Blake Goldsberry, who agreed to terms with the club. The Rockies have not confirmed. During this past shortened collegiate season, Goldsberry -- an

Rox reach terms with No. 35 overall pick Romo

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July 1, 2020

DENVER -- The Rockies have reached an agreement with catcher Drew Romo of The Woodlands (Texas) High School, the team announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth $2,095,800 -- full value for the 35th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft -- according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis. The agreement with

Rockies, 2nd-round pick McMahon agree to deal

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June 26, 2020

DENVER -- The Rockies announced a bonus agreement Friday with second-round pick Chris McMahon, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Miami, which means the club has completed talks with five of its six picks in the 2020 MLB Draft. McMahon, who went 7-3 with a 3.28 ERA in three

Rox agree with 1st-rounder Veen, 2 other picks

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June 24, 2020

DENVER -- Port Orange (Fla.) Spruce Creek High School outfielder Zac Veen, the Rockies' first-round pick in this year's Draft, has agreed to an above-slot signing bonus of $5 million. Veen, 18, selected ninth overall, was the top high school player and the No. 7 overall prospect on the MLB.com

Rox 3rd-rounder Weatherly brings effective mix

Left-hander gained confidence during his time at Clemson
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June 17, 2020

DENVER -- Rockies third-round Draft pick Sam Weatherly, a left-handed starter from Clemson who posted a 0.79 ERA in four starts during the abbreviated college season, has something one would not expect on his stat sheet. Failure. “I failed an abnormal amount, you could say, my first two years at

Everything to know about Rockies' 2020 Draft

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June 12, 2020

DENVER -- The questions begin now that the Rockies are finished with the 2020 MLB Draft -- shortened from 40 rounds to five as a result of high school and college seasons truncated by the coronavirus pandemic. Six players will go about trying to provide answers when the game resumes.

Rox may have uncovered a local gem in Williams

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June 12, 2020

DENVER -- Ask those who know about Colorado high school baseball and right-hander Case Williams of Castle Rock’s Douglas County High School is a big deal -- no matter what the prospect lists didn’t say about him. The hometown Rockies recognized just that when they selected Williams -- who didn’t

Rockies add to Draft haul with Hurricanes' ace

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June 11, 2020

DENVER -- University of Miami right-hander Chris McMahon’s confidence increased last summer when he not only pitched for, but truly fit with, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. McMahon led Team USA with 15 strikeouts in just 12 innings. He parlayed that into a strong performance for Miami in the

Colorado gets solid defense at No. 35 in Romo

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June 11, 2020

DENVER -- Drew Romo likes getting away from the crowd to stand above it. Romo, 18, a catcher chosen 35th overall by the Rockies out of The Woodlands (Texas) High School on Wednesday in the 2020 MLB Draft, was a fine a middle infielder in youth ball. But so were

At No. 9, Veen joins friend Rodgers on Rockies

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June 11, 2020

DENVER -- Zac Veen brought his rapidly growing frame and his pro baseball dreams to a gym at Marucci Clubhouse Orlando, where Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers befriended and mentored him. “Whenever I’d see him I’d think, ‘Man, it would be cool to play with him,’” said Veen, 18, who is

Who'll get the call when Rox pick at No. 9?

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June 10, 2020

DENVER -- Rockies vice president of scouting Bill Schmidt is taking a same-as-it-ever-was approach to a truly unusual 2020 MLB Draft -- shortened to five rounds because the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the amateur spring season. A long-held philosophy of taking the best player on their Draft board when their turn

From forgotten pitching prospect to Silver Slugger

May 26, 2020

Charlie Blackmon is now one of the best hitters in all of baseball, with a batting title, four All-Star appearances, a pair of Silver Slugger Awards and a career OPS+ of 116 on his resume. But once upon a time, he was coveted for his left arm much more than

Who are Rockies' all-time top international FAs?

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May 6, 2020

MLB Pipeline recently released its annual Top 30 International Prospects list for players eligible to sign in the 2020-21 signing period. These young players are the game’s international stars of tomorrow and are following in the footsteps of thousands of international players who laid the groundwork before them. One day,

30 prospects we'll be talking about in 2022

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 28, 2020

Right now, all baseball fans can do is look ahead to the future. We decided to take that to the extreme by looking two years down the road at which prospects we expect to be big names in 2022. The fact that 14 of the Top 20 players on MLB

Q&A with Rockies prospect Ryan Vilade

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March 9, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vilade was the Rockies’ second-round pick in 2017 out of the Texas high school ranks and is currently the organization’s No. 4 prospect. He’s coming off of a .303/.367/.466 season in the Class A Advanced California League and attended his first big league camp this spring.

Rockies prospect report from Spring Training

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March 9, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Every player development staff aims to have depth at all positions at all levels. But that's also known as an ideal that is rarely reached. Things tend to go in cycles with organizational depth changing over time.

Notes: Rodgers gets 2 hits; leave for Owings

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March 5, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Thursday afternoon might have been more starting gun than baby step for Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers. In his first Cactus League action since he had right shoulder labrum surgery on July 16, Rodgers went 2-for-3 as the designated hitter in a 7-6 split-squad loss to the White

Here are the Rockies' 2020 Top 30 Prospects

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March 5, 2020

There’s little question the Rockies like to do things on their own. The big league roster is almost always largely homegrown, with the 2017-18 playoff teams consisting mostly of players originally drafted and signed by the organization. That will continue with the 26-man roster it breaks camp with this season,

Notes: Nuñez rakes; Senzatela shows off curve

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February 29, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies catching prospect Dom Nuñez showed once again Friday night that he can hit a ball hard. His three-run homer off the Giants’ Melvin Adon in the fourth inning of the 9-6 loss reached the top levels of a party deck in right field at Scottsdale Stadium.

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

High number, high hopes for prospect Rolison

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February 14, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies have left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison’s locker in the clubhouse, but tucked into an obscure corner. One must look to find him. His bullpen session Thursday morning, however, was appointment viewing. Manager Bud Black hung near his catcher. Pitching coach Steve Foster watched from behind the

These prospects have the best fastballs

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 11, 2020

Perhaps nothing gets a ballpark buzzing more than a long home run or a sizzling fastball. Scoreboards display velocity so fans can marvel at how hard flamethrowers deliver their heat. The current king of big league fastballers is Jordan Hicks, who threw the 23 fastest pitches in MLB last year

Here is each team's fastest prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 6, 2020

Think fast! That’s what we’re doing this week at MLB Pipeline. We assure this will be a quick read. That’s because we’re looking at the fastest players in each organization. This isn’t just a list of top prospects, as many organizations have speedsters who might not have other tools that

Here's each team's best defensive prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
January 17, 2020

There is so much pressure on prospects to perform at the plate. If they don’t hit, they don’t get noticed and might not advance. Sometimes that means defensive acumen is underappreciated. But not here at MLB Pipeline. We recently announced our All-Defensive Prospect Team and asked executives who they thought