Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Colorado Rockies

Org Rank Name DOB Position Assigned Team
1 Nolan Arenado 4/16/1991 3B Colorado Springs Sky Sox
2 David Dahl 4/1/1994 OF Asheville Tourists
3 Trevor Story 11/15/1992 SS Modesto Nuts
4 Kyle Parker 9/30/1989 OF Tulsa Drillers
5 Chad Bettis 4/26/1989 RHP Tulsa Drillers
6 Eddie Butler 3/13/1991 RHP Asheville Tourists
7 Tyler Anderson 12/30/1989 LHP Modesto Nuts
8 Tyler Matzek 10/19/1990 LHP Tulsa Drillers
9 Jayson Aquino 11/22/1992 LHP Grand Junction Rockies
10 Ryan Wheeler 7/10/1988 3B Colorado Springs Sky Sox

rockies-900x635HE'S WHERE? Righthander Parker Frazier and outfielder Kent Matthes hope to take a step up to Triple-A in 2013, but both will begin the season back with Double-A Tulsa, where they toiled last year. In their first tour of the Texas League, Matthes hit .214/.273/.432 while Frazier went 5-14, 3.88.

WHO'S MISSING: Rafael Ortega, one of the Rockies' better outfield prospects, has been sidelined with a staph infection to start the year. He should be ticketed for Tulsa once healthy. Lefty Jayson Aquino didn't make a full-season roster but the 20-year-old should get to low Class A Asheville at some point.

GO SEE: Rockies top prospect Nolan Arenado hit .278/.278/.574 with four homers in the Cactus League and came tantalizingly close to making the Rockies' big league roster. Instead, he'll head to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he'll be joined by outfielder Tim Wheeler and offseason trade acquisition Ryan Wheeler (no relation). With those bats in the lineup and a hitter's haven of a home park, expect plenty of fireworks.