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Five NL West prospects worth watching

April 11, 2019

The Minor League season kicked off last week, offering the first glimpse at some of the brightest prospects around baseball. Many of them reside within National League West organizations, as the Padres and Dodgers have each built top-10 farm systems, according to MLB Pipeline. Here’s a look at five NL

Rox place OF Dahl on injured list; Daza recalled

April 9, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder David Dahl declined to be frustrated over another trip to ... “Is it injured list now?” But he insists the only reason he is on the 10-day list (retroactive to Monday) with the left-side core injury is the team just couldn’t afford to go a player

Starting spots for Rockies' Top 30 prospects

April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Rockies' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

Rockies place catcher Murphy on waivers

Wolters, Iannetta to platoon behind plate; spot could open for Nicholas
March 24, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies have settled on Tony Wolters and Chris Iannetta as their catchers -- a decision that came into focus Saturday when Major League sources told that the club has placed Tom Murphy on waivers to gauge trade interest. Last season, Iannetta appeared defensively at catcher

Top prospect Rodgers among 6 sent to Minors

Black impressed with infielder's versatility, plate discipline at second big league camp
March 16, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A productive Major League camp for infielder Brendan Rodgers, ranked the Rockies' No. 1 and MLB's No. 10 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline, ended Saturday when he and five other players were sent to Minor League camp. Rodgers, 22 and a shortstop by trade, was brought in

Lambert turning heads in Rockies camp

Right-hander earns Cactus League start on Friday vs. Royals
March 14, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Peter Lambert has passed enough tests this spring to earn a slightly bigger test -- a start in Friday’s Cactus League game against the Royals at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Displaying an advanced fastball-changeup combination, the 21-year-old Lambert, who is ranked the Rockies' No. 4

Lambert gives Rox glimpse of potential

February 28, 2019

PHOENIX -- The value of Peter Lambert's two-inning stint Thursday extended beyond its duration. Colorado's top pitching prospect yielded three runs, including Cody Bellinger's two-run, fifth-inning homer. But Lambert also provided glimpses of his potential when he struck out A.J. Pollock and Justin Turner back-to-back in the fifth inning of

Here are the Rockies' 2019 Top 30 Prospects

February 25, 2019

The Rockies will be trying to make it three postseason trips in a row in 2019 and, as always, will be relying on a strong nucleus of homegrown players. Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon lead the way on offense and the rotation is made up nearly entirely of

Rodgers set to compete for starting 2B role

No. 10 prospect in MLB sees similarities with Story in 2016
January 31, 2019

DENVER -- Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers aims to relive Trevor Story's story this Spring Training.Rodgers was barely out of high school and in Minor League camp in 2016, the year Story grabbed the starting shortstop job by batting .340 with six home runs in Cactus League play. Like Story

Rockies comfortable with youthful options at 2nd

Hampson, McMahon, Rodgers may challenge for starting job
January 10, 2019

DENVER -- The Rockies moved closer to turning second base over to young, homegrown players on Thursday when they backed away from veteran James Dozier -- whom sources say will sign a one-year, $9 million contract with the Nationals.With the Rockies' payroll growing because young players are hitting their arbitration

To land big fish, Rox must be willing to sacrifice

Teams eyeing Colorado starters, top prospect as potential trade returns
November 29, 2018

DENVER -- The Rockies can envision Carlos Santana, whom the Phillies would like to move, providing big-time offense production at first base. Trades with the Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto or Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard also are attractive ideas, but they're all talk until Colorado answers what it's willing to

Rox protect 4 from Rule 5, add to 40-man roster

November 20, 2018

DENVER -- Josh Fuentes jokes that most interviews he conducts begin centered around his cousin: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. That trend could continue after Fuentes was one of four added to Colorado's 40-man roster on Tuesday, though the Minor League corner infielder is propelling through the pipeline on his

Tinoco's fastball velocity, MLB stock rising

No. 20 prospect impresses Rockies with improvements showcased in AFL
November 17, 2018

DENVER -- A clear uptick in fastball radar readings has helped right-hander Jesus Tinoco increase his standing on the Rockies' radar heading into next season.Tinoco, who is headed into his second year on the Rockies' 40-man roster and turns 24 on April 30, posted a 1.72 ERA with a .190

Lawrence thriving since working with Reed

Rockies pitching prospect learns from former sidearmer, set to pitch in AFL Fall Stars Game
November 1, 2018

DENVER -- The Rockies reached into their past to help righty relief pitcher Justin Lawrence possibly become a key part of their future.• 12th-rounder Lawrence embraces changeLawrence was the Rockies' 12th-round Draft pick in 2015 and has an interesting backstory: He struggled at Jacksonville University, then transferred to Daytona State

Nevin looks to sustain AFL success, health

October 22, 2018

The Arizona Fall League offers a chance for players who were injured during the season to accumulate extra at-bats or innings on the field. Unfortunately for Tyler Nevin, that's an opportunity that he has needed to take advantage of more often than he would like.A Rockies supplemental first-round Draft pick

Rockies' No. 2 prospect Welker takes big step

Third baseman, just turned 21, led California League in batting average
October 16, 2018

DENVER -- Third-base prospect Colton Welker was happy to establish himself in 2018 as an important part of the Rockies' next wave of infielders.Welker, a fourth-round Draft pick in 2016, led the Class A Advanced California League in batting at .333 and rose to become Colorado's No. 2 prospect according to MLB

Almonte called up, gets key outs in MLB debut

After hitting go-ahead HR Wednesday, McMahon optioned to get regular playing time
June 21, 2018

DENVER -- Righty pitcher Yency Almonte, the Rockies' No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, knew the waiting, striving and physical pain could be taxing if one allows it to be. So last July 4, he pinned a tweet:"Don't rush anything to happen. Take it day by day and allow

Pitching the main focus as Rox wrap up Draft

June 6, 2018

DENVER -- Similar to past years, the Rockies focused heavily on arms in the 2018 MLB Draft, but position players did not go unnoticed.After drafting Ryan Rolison, a left-hander from Ole Miss, with the 22nd overall pick in the first round, Grant Lavigne, from Bedford High School in New Hampshire

Draftee Rolison, Rockies address 'stupid' tweet

June 5, 2018

DENVER -- Shortly after the Rockies selected Ryan Rolison with the 22nd overall pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night, it was discovered that the left-handed pitcher from the University of Mississippi had posted an ill-advised tweet about President Obama on election night in 2012.• Draft Tracker: Follow every Rockies

Rockies start Day 2 with SS Vavra in Round 3

Colorado spends all eight Draft picks on college players
June 5, 2018

DENVER -- Colorado drafted four college pitchers and four college infield position players on Tuesday during Day 2 of the 2018 Draft. Vice president of scouting Bill Schmidt said that's how the board fell, but the Rockies will be getting more developed players because of it.• Draft Tracker: Follow every

Rox recall prospect McMahon to play second

May 26, 2018

DENVER -- The Rockies will see if Ryan McMahon, the club's second-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, has found the swing that wasn't present when he began the season in the Majors.The Rockies recalled McMahon, the No. 37-ranked prospect in all of baseball, from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday and started him

Rox call up infielder Castro, option McMahon

May 1, 2018

CHICAGO -- Infielder Daniel Castro trusted the advice from Triple-A Albuquerque hitting coach Darin Everson, even if it meant he had to wait. But the advice paid off when the Rockies called up Castro on Tuesday for his first Major League action since 2016.Castro, 25, left Albuquerque with a 22-game

Braves edge Yanks for MLB's top farm system

White Sox, Padres, Brewers, Dodgers, Pirates, Rockies, Reds, Rays round out Top 10
March 8, 2017

What makes an organization rank as one of the top farm systems in baseball? Simply put, it's a combination of quality and quantity. The staff ranked the Top 10 systems in the game by considering which organizations have an abundance of elite-level prospect talent as well as depth, in