MLB 26-and-under energy rankings: No. 30 Colorado Rockies
FOX Sports MLB Analyst
FOX Sports’ 26-and-under energy rankings are a brand new spin on the traditional prospect rankings. Yes, prospects are vital, however with all of the game-changing younger expertise already within the bigs, farm techniques alone can’t inform the entire story. So we’re diving deep into each single MLB membership, rating all of them by the gamers in a company getting into their age-26 season or youthful — from the bigs to the farm. Each weekday by way of March 24, we’ll depend down from final to first. We’ll begin right this moment.
No. 30 Colorado Rockies
26-and-under rating (out of 30): 10
In final place, comfortably, are the Rockies. They are right here as a result of they’ve struggled for years to develop pitchers. Between the present big-league roster and the farm system, they make use of nearly no proficient younger pitching to talk of.
Big-league pitchers: 1
Amazingly, solely one of many 20 Rockies to throw double-digit innings in 2022 matches our younger standards. That one, right-hander Ryan Feltner, barely matches, too, as he turns 27 earlier than season’s finish. And he, in elements of two major-league seasons, has struggled to ascertain himself as greater than a replacement-level arm.
Left-hander Ryan Rolison, 25, was, at one level, a promising pitcher, a former first-rounder who impressed in his first temporary go on the minors. But he has since been beset by accidents. He’ll now want extra time, and luck, to seek out his method to the shape some scouts as soon as projected for him.
Prospect pitchers: 2
At the decrease ranges, right-handers Jaden Hill and Gabriel Hughes each register as respectable prospects, current prime draft alternatives from outstanding school packages. Both are large and powerful, however neither have pitched sufficient professionally but to warrant vital or imminent pleasure.
The system is barren. The Rockies have no less than accomplished properly to retain a few of their current homegrown starters. Germán Márquez, nonetheless solely 27, is underneath membership management for 2 extra seasons. Kyle Freeland, the 29-year-old one-time Cy Young candidate, is underneath membership management for no less than 4 extra seasons. But each pitchers have settled into mid-level profiles after flirting with top-end performances earlier of their careers.
Big-league place gamers: 4
The future seems to be a bit of higher on the position-player facet. Second baseman Brendan Rodgers, 26 till September, demonstrated standout defensive expertise a 12 months in the past, successful a Gold Glove. He has not hit particularly properly, although, and he doesn’t have a ton of expertise for a participant with greater than three years of service time.
Young infielders Ezequiel Tovar, 21; Elehuris Montero, 24; and Michael Toglia, 24, all debuted final season. None of them precisely impressed, although Tovar stays younger sufficient that he has retained top-prospect standing. A Venezuela native who signed for $800,000 at 16, Tovar flashed elite contact expertise, particularly for his age, at a number of minor-league ranges. Montero confirmed he has energy, if not but endurance. Toglia, who can even play the outfield, didn’t make sufficient contact to disclose his uncooked energy.
The Rockies now have one other 24-year-old place participant who debuted final season: Nolan Jones, whom they acquired in November from Cleveland for promising shortstop prospect Juan Brito. While Jones has a prospect pedigree, his shine has pale lately. His 28-game debut was unspectacular.
Prospect place gamers: 3
If there’s hope on the horizon, it comes within the type of Zac Veen, a 21-year-old outfielder who constantly charges as one of many sport’s higher prospects. He struggled in a six-week stint in Double-A that concluded his 2022 season, however evaluators proceed to imagine in his potential. He stays superior for his age. One extra younger Rockie is showing on top-100 prospect lists this winter: 19-year-old shortstop Adael Amador, who dominated throughout his first full skilled season in 2022. Amador, after all, isn’t particularly near the most important leagues, as he has not but performed above low-A. Catcher Drew Romo, 21, has additionally earned point out on some prospect lists.
The Rockies might need climbed out of final place if outfielder Sean Bouchard, who turns 27 on May 16, counted as younger. He, too, bought his first likelihood final September, however he impressed in his 97 plate appearances, flashing endurance and energy. He had earlier succeeded at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Pedro Moura is the nationwide baseball author for FOX Sports. He beforehand lined the Dodgers for The Athletic, the Angels and Dodgers for the Orange County Register and L.A. Times, and his alma mater, USC, for ESPN Los Angeles. He is the creator of “How to Beat a Broken Game.” Follow him on Twitter at @pedromoura.
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