Where Rockies top prospects are starting '21

May 4th, 2021

With the 2021 Minor League season opening, here's where the Rockies’ Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

  1. Zac Veen (MLB No. 45), OF -- Fresno (Low-A)
  2. Ryan Rolison, LHP -- Hartford (Double-A)
  3. Michael Toglia, 1B -- Spokane (High-A)
  4. Ryan Vilade, OF -- Albuquerque (Triple-A)
  5. Aaron Schunk, 3B -- Spokane (High-A)
  6. Brenton Doyle, OF -- Spokane (High-A)
  7. Helcris Olivarez, LHP -- Spokane (High-A)
  8. Chris McMahon, RHP -- Spokane (High-A)
  9. Elehuris Montero, 3B -- Hartford (Double-A)
  10. Drew Romo, C -- Fresno (Low-A)
  11. Colton Welker, 1B -- Albuquerque (Triple-A)
  12. Grant Lavigne, 1B -- Fresno (Low-A)
  13. Jameson Hannah, OF -- Hartford (Double-A)
  14. Julio Carreras, 3B -- Injured
  15. Ben Bowden, LHP -- Colorado (MLB)
  16. Adael Amador, SS -- Extended spring training
  17. Sam Weatherly, LHP -- Fresno (Low-A)
  18. Karl Kauffman, RHP -- Spokane (High-A)
  19. Tony Locey, RHP -- Fresno (Low-A)
  20. Ezequiel Tovar, SS -- Fresno (Low-A)
  21. Eddy Diaz, SS -- Spokane (High-A)
  22. Tommy Doyle, RHP -- Hartford (Double-A)
  23. Ryan Feltner, RHP -- Spokane (High-A)
  24. Mateo Gil, SS -- Fresno (Low-A)
  25. Niko Decolati, OF -- Spokane (High-A)
  26. Lucas Gilbreath, LHP -- Colorado (MLB)
  27. Antonio Santos, RHP -- Albuquerque (Triple-A)
  28. Gavin Hollowell, RHP -- Injured
  29. Jordan Sheffield, RHP -- Colorado (MLB)
  30. Justin Lawrence, RHP -- Colorado (MLB)

Team to watch

While Spokane leads the way with nine Top 30 prospects on its Opening Day roster, the choice here is Fresno. That’s largely because 2020 first-round pick Zac Veen is there among seven total Top 30 prospects, and he’s joined by fellow 2020 draftees Drew Romo and Sam Weatherly.

Teams on MiLB.TV

Triple-A Albuquerque
Double-A Hartford
Low-A Fresno 

New faces

The Rockies got three Top 30 prospects from the Cardinals in return for Nolan Arenado in February. Elehuris Montero is the lone player in the Rockies’ Top 10 and he’ll begin the year with Double-A Hartford, while Tony Locey and Mateo Gil will be on the aforementioned Fresno roster.

On the shelf

Carreras continues to work his way back from a left shoulder injury that required surgery. He’s sticking back in extended spring training for the time being to get some additional at-bats before heading out, likely to Fresno, in a couple of weeks.