Midseason Prospect Update: Rockies

The Midseason Top 10 Prospect lists are compiled from conversations with front office officials and scouts from all 30 teams. Players who have exhausted prospect eligibility or were in the Major Leagues on June 26 are not eligible. Draftees from the 2015 draft are also not eligible.


For a team that hasn't sniffed .500 since 2010, the Rockies have been under water again in 2015 just like Coors Field has been on many occasions.

The multiple rain delays and rainouts are a metaphor for what has been a washout of a season so far. The Rockies are 35­-48, in last place in the NL West and fading fast.

The main culprit, as it often has been at Coors Field, is the lack of starting pitching. As difficult as it is to pitch at Coors Field, Colorado has failed to meet even its modest expectations for its starting staff. No regular member of the Rockies rotation has posted a better­-than­-league-average normalized ERA and the pitching staff is dead last in the National League in strikeouts and 13th in walks allowed.

What's disconcerting is it's hard to see where the Rockies go from here. Third baseman Nolan Arenado has become a star, as he provided exceptional defense to go with solid middle­-of­-the­-lineup production. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has stayed healthy as well, giving the club the hope of possibly trading the face of the franchise before the final five years, $90 million of his contract comes due. But with Tulowitzki's significant injury history and the fact that teams are more and more worried about getting production from players in their 30s, the return on a Tulowitzki trade may not be as significant as many expect.

The Rockies have a significant amount of talent in the system, but much of it won't arrive this season, or even in 2016. Big righthander Jon Gray is the closest to the majors. But the arrival of David Dahl, the toolsy center fielder, will have to wait as Dahl works back from surgery to have his spleen removed following an outfield collision with teammate Juan Ciriaco.


MIDSEASON TOP 10

1. David Dahl, of

Dahl was on his way to cementing his status as the organization's top player and perhaps a promotion to Triple­-A, before a scary collision and subsequent splenectomy cost him a chunk of the season. Dahl has just returned to action, only one and a half months after his frightening injury. He'll work to continue on the path to being a potential first­-division, everyday center fielder with power. Some scouts see a solid player more than a star, but few quibble much with his well-­rounded skill set.

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