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2021 Colorado Rockies Instructional League Roster



The Rockies' instructional league roster features a glut of talented outfielders, led by the previous two seasons' first-round picks, Zac Veen and Benny Montgomery. Veen was among the most impressive prospects this year in the Low-A West, where he showcased a tooled-up skill set that includes plenty of power and speed. Montgomery, whom Colorado chose eighth overall in 2021, had some of the loudest tools in the draft, including double-plus foot speed and some of the best overall bat speed in the class. He could put on a Veen-esque show next year. Lurking behind both Veen and Montgomery is Yanquiel Fernandez, another toolsy outfielder who performed well in the Dominican Summer League. The 18-year-old Fernandez finished seventh on the circuit with a .946 OPS, and his 17 doubles were the best in the league.

The Rockies' position player group also boasts a pair of high-end catchers in Drew Romo, whose outstanding defensive chops were on display this year with Low-A Fresno, and Hunter Goodman, whom the Rockies chose out of Memphis in this year's fourth round.

On the pitching side, watch out for long-levered lefty Helcris Olivarez, who has one of the fastest arms around but has mechanics not unlike the wacky, wild arm-flailing tube men of used car lot lore. Unlike his cylindrical compatriots, Olivarez pairs an upper-90s fastball with a wipeout breaking ball and already occupies a spot on the Rockies' 40-man roster.

NamePositionDOB
Tyler AhearnRHP8/25/1998
McCade BrownRHP5/15/2000
Jarrod CandeRHP8/16/1999
Brayan CastilloRHP9/11/2000
Mason GreenLHP2/5/1999
Jaden HillRHP12/22/1999
Gavin HollowellRHP11/4/1997
Keegan JamesRHP4/1/1997
Victor JuarezRHP6/19/2003
Evan JusticeLHP7/7/1998
Cullen KafkaRHP4/16/1999
Shelby LackeyRHP7/8/1997
Bryce McGowanRHP3/20/2000
Helcris OlivarezLHP8/8/2000
Joe RockLHP07/29/2000
Evan ShawverLHP9/11/1999
Luke TaggartRHP10/10/1997
Sam WeatherlyLHP5/28/1999
Case WilliamsRHP2/16/2002
Braxton FulfordC12/9/1998
Hunter GoodmanC10/8/1999
Ronaiker PalmaC1/2/2000
Drew RomoC8/29/2001
Adael AmadorINF4/11/2003
Warming BernabelINF6/6/2002
Juan BritoINF9/24/2001
Nic KentINF4/10/2000
Grant LavigneINF8/27/1999
Benjamin SemsINF2/16/1998
EJ AndrewsOF9/28/2000
Yanquiel FernandezOF1/1/2003
Zach KokoskaOF10/20/1998
Robby MartinOF8/17/1999
Benny MontgomeryOF9/9/2002
Zac VeenOF12/12/2001
Braiden WardOF1/18/1999
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