BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

Colorado Rockies

Prospects Overview

Top 30 Prospects

Click prospect for player report

Prospect Lists

Best Tools

Top Prospects of the Decade
(Listed with 2021 organization)

Top Draft Picks of the Decade
(Listed with 2021 organization)

Player Reports

  1. 1. Zac Veen | OF
    Zac Veen
    Born: Dec 12, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Port Orange, Fla., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Cedarburg.
    Minors: .301/.399/.501 | 15 HR | 36 SB | 399 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Veen used a big junior season at Spruce Creek High outside of Orlando to rocket up draft boards. A late push in 2020 took him from a back-of-the-first-round prospect to the ninth overall pick, where the Rockies drafted him and signed him for $5 million to forgo a Florida commitment. Veen participated in instructional league and held his own against high-velocity arms.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Veen is a fantastic athlete with an exceptional batting eye and a natural feel to hit. He possesses leverage in his swing and plus power to the pull side, and there is confidence power to all fields will come. Veen is 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, but the Rockies think the lefthanded hitter can add another 15-20 pounds to an already-sturdy frame. Opinions on Veen's long-term hitting potential vary, but most see at least an average hitter with the potential for 30 home runs. Veen has the athleticism and average speed to play center field now, but as he grows he may be a better fit in right field, where his above-average arm would fit nicely.

    THE FUTURE: Few doubt Veen's offensive ceiling as a middle of the order slugger. The Rockies are eager to get him into the system and begin his development in earnest, most likely at low Class A in 2021.

  2. 2. Benny Montgomery | OF
    Benny Montgomery
    Born: Sep 9, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .340/.404/.383 | 0 HR | 5 SB | 47 AB

    Montgomery's high school games drew huge crowds of club officials, who left with their scouting cards filled with 60s and 70s on his tool grades. His combination of athleticism, outstanding tools and physical upside is hard to top in this year's draft, though it's a profile that comes with risk due to his hitting ability. At 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Montgomery has a tall, sleek frame with plenty of room to continue filling out while staying lean and athletic. He's a 70 runner with a plus arm, projecting to stick in center field where he has long, gliding strides and good closing speed on balls hit into the gaps. At the plate, Montgomery's bat speed ranks among the best in the class. He shows plus raw power in batting practice, and as he matures physically, that power might jump another grade. The upside is obvious and exciting, but many clubs have reservations about Montgomery's ability to make it all click against live pitching. Montgomery has cleaned up his swing some since last year, doing a better job of staying back and keeping his front hip closed. He's still a long-armed hitter with a hitch in his swing, with a lack of timing and balance that add risks to his hitting ability and cut into his ability to translate his power in games. But the minute Montgomery signs, he will be one of the toolsiest players in his organization. Teams that value more refined hitting skills will have Montgomery lower than where he's ranked here, while teams that prioritize raw tools and athleticism will have him pushed up their boards. Other premium athlete high school center fielders with a hit risk like Bubba Starling, Donavan Tate, Lewis Brinson and Bubba Thompson were all first-round picks and some of them went top-five overall

  3. 3. Michael Toglia | 1B
    Michael Toglia
    Born: Aug 16, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 226
    Drafted/Signed: UCLA, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Matt Hattabaugh.
    Minors: .228/.333/.445 | 22 HR | 10 SB | 425 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Running: 45. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: The Rockies drafted Toglia in the 37th round out of high school and picked him again in the first round, No. 23 overall, after an accomplished career at UCLA. Toglia went to the short-season Northwest League in his pro debut, showing the power and defense that made him a coveted prospect, and spent 2020 at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Despite his hulking 6-foot-5, 226- pound frame, the switch-hitting Toglia is more of a contact hitter than a slugger. He takes a patient approach and drives the ball hard on a line from the left side of the plate. He's much less dangerous righthanded, but he's worked hard on his load and trigger to get into a better hitting position from that side. Toglia is very streaky and flashes plus power from the left side when he's hot. The Rockies believe adjustments to his timing can make him an average hitter with plus power in time. Toglia is a plus defender at first base with smooth actions, sound footwork and good instincts around the bag. The Rockies are working him in the outfield to enhance his versatility.

    THE FUTURE: Toglia is advanced but still has to prove himself over a full minor league season. The Rockies envision him becoming a middle of the order slugger.

  4. 4. Ryan Rolison | LHP
    Ryan Rolison
    Born: Jul 11, 1997
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 213
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Zack Zulli.
    Minors: 4-3 | 5.27 ERA | 77 SO | 22 BB | 72 IP

    Fastball: 50. Slider: . Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Rolison was a key piece of Mississippi's No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2016, and he lived up his potential in Oxford, striking out 184 batters in 159 career innings on the way to being drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, as an eligible sophomore in 2018. In 2019, Rolison did as well as could be expected in hitter-friendly Lancaster. Rolison spent time at both the Rockies' alternate training site and then at instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rolison gets hitters out with his intellect, feel to pitch and ability to make quick adjustments. He primarily sets hitters up with his low-90s fastball and finishes them with a plus curveball he can manipulate the spin and shape of. The Rockies are excited about the continued development of a changeup that shows average potential. Rolison is sometimes listed as having a slider, but it's actually a modified version of his curveball, which is also in the upper 70s. Rolison has shown plus control in the minors with 2.7 walks per nine innings, but the Rockies would like to see him improve his command to his arm side.

    THE FUTURE: The lack of eye-popping stuff limits Rolison's ceiling, but his command and pitchability give him a chance to be a rotation mainstay. He'll see Double-A in 2021.

  5. 5. Elehuris Montero | 3B
    Elehuris Montero
    Born: Aug 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Angel Ovalles.
    Minors: .278/.360/.529 | 28 HR | 0 SB | 431 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The MVP of the Midwest League in 2018, Montero's speedy ascent through the system hit a detour in 2019 when injuries to his wrist and hand caused him to miss significant time. When he did play, he struggled. The Cardinals added him to their 40-man roster after the 2019 season and he spent 2020 at the Cardinals' alternate training site, where he struggled at times. The Rockies acquired him in February as the top prospect in the deal that sent Nolan Arenado to St. Louis.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Montero has a wide stance and starts his swing with a very modest load. His bat stays in the strike zone a long time, giving him a chance to remain on plane with the ball, which should lead to line drives. He's strong enough to still get to average power despite his hit-over-power approach. His pitch recognition needs to improve, but his swing, hand-eye coordination and bat speed give him the potential to be an above-average hitter. At third base, Montero has a plus arm that has earned some plus-plus grades, but his range is limited and his thick body could lead to an eventual move to first.

    THE FUTURE: Montero's bounceback year had to be pushed to 2021 because of the pandemic. A fresh start in a new organization could get him back on track.

  6. 6. Aaron Schunk | 3B/2B
    Aaron Schunk
    Born: Jul 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Sean Gamble.
    Minors: .223/.286/.346 | 8 HR | 13 SB | 358 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: A third baseman and closer at Georgia, Schunk dropped pitching after being drafted in the second round in 2019. He began his pro career with a bang by hitting .306/.370/.503 with short-season Boise and ranking as the Northwest League's No. 4 prospect despite dealing with knee inflammation that limited him at the end of the season. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site before finishing in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Schunk doesn't have the loudest tools in the system, but observers see him as the type of player who will get the most from his skills. He has the arm and athleticism to be an average third baseman and also took to second base when the Rockies played him there at the alternate site. Offensively, Schunk controls the strike zone, stays inside the ball and drives it from gap to gap. His approach and bat speed give him a chance to hit for average with enough power to get frequent at-bats. Schunk made recent positive changes physically as well, slimming down over the course of the year while maintaining his strength during the coronavirus shutdown.

    THE FUTURE: Schunk's maturity and work ethic could help him move quickly. His bat will be what pushes him forward, but his newfound versatility on the infield can only help.

  7. 7. Chris McMahon | RHP
    Chris McMahon
    Born: Feb 4, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 217
    Drafted/Signed: Miami, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Rafael Reyes.
    Minors: 10-3 | 4.17 ERA | 119 SO | 32 BB | 115 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Curveball: . Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Offseason meniscus surgery forced McMahon to miss the start of his freshman year at Miami in 2018, and a minor back injury slowed him for a short period of time as a sophomore. But when he was on the mound, McMahon was excellent for the Hurricanes. He put up a 2.55 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 112.1 career innings, leading the Rockies to draft him 46th overall in 2020 and sign him for $1,637,400.

    SCOUTING REPORT: McMahon's best offering is a fastball that sits 95-96 mph and was located well when he participated in instructional league. He complements his fastball with a solid-average slider and changeup that has a chance to be a plus offering down the line. The consistency of those secondary offerings will be key for McMahon. He throws strikes with average control, and the Rockies like the mound presence and moxie that he brings to his craft. McMahon's athleticism, three-pitch repertoire and arm strength should keep him alive as starter.

    THE FUTURE: McMahon has yet to officially debut and he'll have to prove himself in 2021. The Rockies are already pleased with what they've seen so far and think they have a potential mid-rotation starter.

  8. 8. Jaden Hill | RHP
    Jaden Hill
    Born: Dec 22, 1999
    Ht.: 0'0"

    Few pitchers in this year’s class will spark more debate than Hill. A 38th-round pick of the Cardinals out of high school in 2018, Hill is the younger brother of outfielder Kentrell Hill, a 10th-round pick of the Giants in 2011. A team willing to take on risk could land a top-10 talent later in the first round. Hill has flashed front-of-the-rotation stuff at his best and was seen as a potential top-five pick coming into the 2021 season. Hill’s 2021 season ended after seven starts when he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and had Tommy John surgery. Hill’s freshman season in 2019 was cut short after just two starts because of a previous UCL strain. In high school he broke his collarbone playing football and broke his wrist while playing basketball. Evaluators noted that Hill was not showing the same quality of stuff in 2021 as he had shown in his four 2020 relief appearances—his plus slider was playing as a below-average pitch. While his fastball showed its normal velocity (92-96 mph and touching 98), hitters more often teed off on it. His plus-plus, low-80s changeup is one pitch that remained top-tier—it’s one of the best changeups in the draft class with velocity separation as well as tumbling depth and fade. It dives down and away from bats, making it a true swing-and-miss pitch. The quandary with Hill is that he has not had a track record of stringing together success—he posted a 6.67 ERA in 2021. No USA Baseball or Cape Cod League season in 2020 means Hill has only 51.1 college innings and nine starts for teams to evaluate. His injury offers an explanation for his subpar performance, but it kept him from stringing together the consistent success teams wanted to see. If he can stay healthy, Hill offers alluring upside with velocity, athleticism and average control. He is an exceptional athlete who was a standout quarterback and point guard in high school—he had Division I football offers and turned down the opportunity to play football in addition to baseball at LSU.

  9. 9. Brenton Doyle | OF
    Brenton Doyle
    Born: May 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Shepherd (W.Va.), 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: .279/.336/.454 | 16 HR | 21 SB | 390 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: .

    TRACK RECORD: Doyle originally committed to Virginia Military Institute before landing at Division II Shepherd (W. Va.) in West Virginia instead. He looked like a Division I player at the level and was drafted in the fourth round in 2019 by the Rockies. Doyle led the Rookie-level Pioneer League in batting average (.383) and on-base percentage (.477)during a smashing pro debut. He returned to the field in 2020 during instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Doyle has a lot of tools that jump out. His plus speed and strong arm give him the defensive versatility to settle in at any of the three outfield positions. He has above-average power at the plate, giving him the potential to be a dynamic power-speed threat. Doyle does swing and miss at times and will have to answer questions about his contact skills against upper-level pitching, but so far he has kept his strikeout numbers manageable. A tweak Doyle made in 2019— he stood up taller in his stance—granted him more leverage for power and helped him see the ball longer to avoid chasing out of the zone as frequently.

    THE FUTURE: Doyle continues to perform as the pitching he faces gets better. He has the tools to emerge as an everyday outfielder if he can keep that up.

  10. 10. Ryan Vilade | OF
    Ryan Vilade
    Born: Feb 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 226
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Stillwater, Okla., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jesse Retzlaf.
    Minors: .284/.339/.410 | 7 HR | 12 SB | 468 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Drafted in the second round in 2017, Vilade was the Rockies' top pick that year because they lost their first-rounder for signing free agent Ian Desmond. Vilade was drafted for his bat, and he hasn't disappointed, batting .291/.368/.428 while rising to high Class A, albeit all while playing at hitter-friendly locales.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vilade is traditionally a slow starter but tends to round into form as the season progresses. He has a flat, impactful swing that makes a lot of contact, and he's added strength that has pushed his weight up from 200 to 225 pounds. That stands to help his power, though his swing path is more geared for line drives and makes him more of a doubles hitter than a home run threat. He's always been able to go the other way effectively and has learned when to turn on the inside pitch while still staying up the middle on balls out over the plate. Vilade's defense is a different story. Despite his average speed, his slow reactions and limited range made him a liability at both shortstop and third base. The Rockies moved him to the outfield to give him another defensive option.

    THE FUTURE: Vilade has the tools to hit himself to the big leagues. His defensive progress in the outfield will be key to watch in 2021.

  11. 11. Ezequiel Tovar | SS
    Ezequiel Tovar
    Born: Aug 1, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 162
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Orlando Medina.
    Minors: .287/.322/.475 | 15 HR | 24 SB | 432 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The top signing in the Rockies' 2018 international signing class, Tovar increased his strength upon turning pro and has excelled despite continually being among the youngest players in each league. In fact, the Rockies had to initially send him to short-season Boise in 2019 rather than Rookielevel Grand Junction in 2019 due to Colorado-specific labor laws that made him unable to play in the state as a 17-year-old. He returned to the field in 2020 for instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Tovar is the best defensive infielder in the Rockies system. The club believes he could not only be a major league shortstop right now, but that he will contend for Gold Gloves down the road. He has great actions, plus speed and range and plus arm strength that make him a good fit at shortstop. Originally a switch hitter, Tovar now hits exclusively from the right side, which the club thinks will help give him a chance to be an average hitter. He has put on 10-15 pounds since last year, but it remains to be seen if that will translate into additional power.

    THE FUTURE: Tovar is a good enough defender to be a difference-maker. How high he climbs will depend on how his bat comes along.

  12. 12. Noah Davis | RHP
    Noah Davis
    Born: Apr 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: UC Santa Barbara, 2018 (11th round).
    Signed By: Rick Ingalls.
    Minors: 6-7 | 3.60 ERA | 106 SO | 43 BB | 100 IP

    Davis ranked as the Reds No. 15 prospect entering the year and posted a 3.60 ERA in 13 starts for High-A Dayton. He is an athletic 6-foot-2 righthander who had Tommy John surgery in college but returned with his stuff intact. His fastball sits 93-95 mph with solid carry and his sharp slider flashes plus with exceptional movement, although his command of the slider can be inconsistent and he is prone to hitting lefthanded batters in the foot with it. Davis' fastball and slider give him promise, but his changeup needs to improve for him to remain a starter. It's a fairly straight pitch at 85-88 mph that doesn't have a ton of deception or separation from his fastball. His control has also been below-average. Davis has only 107.1 career innings under his belt due to his Tommy John surgery and the canceled 2020 minor league season, so he's less polished than most pitchers his age and still has room to improve. In addition to his Tommy John surgery, he battled shoulder soreness at instructional league last year and has had blister issues this season, so his health is a concern. Davis has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter if his changeup and control improve and he is able to stay healthy. Otherwise, his fastball and slider combination should play in relief.

  13. 13. Helcris Olivarez | LHP
    Helcris Olivarez
    Born: Aug 8, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Raul Gomez.
    Minors: 4-9 | 6.05 ERA | 112 SO | 68 BB | 100 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: . Changeup: 50. Curveball: 55. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Olivarez was relatively anonymous after signing with the Rockies for $77,000 and spending parts of three seasons in the Dominican Summer League. He broke out in 2019 and averaged 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings at Rookie-level Grand Junction in his U.S. debut, albeit with a heavy dose of walks. Olivarez went to the alternate training site in 2020, turned heads in instructional league and was added to the 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Olivarez may be just 20 years old, but at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he is built like a grown man. His fastball sits 94-96 mph, touches 97 and is one of the best in the Rockies' system. His curveball is an above-average offering and is his go-to putaway pitch. His changeup flashes plus but is inconsistent. Olivarez is fully bilingual and exudes confidence on the mound. The only questions are his durability and control. He has yet to throw more than 60.2 innings in a season and is an inconsistent strike-thrower who will be stretched to reach average control.

    THE FUTURE: Olivarez's arm is special and he has the makeup to get the most from his abilities. He has the makings of a hard-throwing lefthanded starter if he can improve his control.

  14. 14. Adael Amador | SS
    Adael Amador
    Born: Apr 11, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Martin Cabrera.
    Minors: .299/.394/.445 | 4 HR | 10 SB | 164 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Amador signed with the Rockies for $1.5 million in 2019, but the club is still waiting for its first look at him. What would have been his debut season was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic, and a broken hamate bone in October held him out of competition in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Amador is more advanced than many international signees at his age and experience level. The switch-hitter has a clean swing from both sides of the plate, good plate discipline and he has a unique ability for his age to manage a swing to do damage and another swing to fend off strikeouts. He's grown a couple of inches since signing and has added strength and power, though average power remains his likely ceiling. Defensively, Amador shows the kind of good footwork and plus arm strength that could help him stick at shortstop, but where he ends up remains to be seen depending on how his body develops.

    THE FUTURE: The Rockies are eager to get Amador on the field. He has the makings of a potential everyday player but is a long ways away.

  15. 15. Warming Bernabel | SS
    Warming Bernabel
    Born: Jun 6, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .312/.367/.516 | 7 HR | 9 SB | 157 AB

    One of the most promising hitters available in the 2018 international class, Bernabel has opened his first stateside season with a bang. He's expected to be a player who can hit for average and power, and gives the Rockies another in their collection of promising middle-diamond players.

  16. 16. Drew Romo | C
    Drew Romo
    Born: Aug 29, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--The Woodlands, Texas, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Jeff Edwards.
    Minors: .314/.345/.439 | 6 HR | 23 SB | 312 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Romo's reputation as an elite defensive catcher stretches back to his days as a high school freshman. Questions about his bat became amplified during his abbreviated senior year, but the Rockies still drafted him 35th overall and signed him for $2,095,800 to forgo a Louisiana State commitment.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Romo is everything a team could want behind the plate. He's mature and shows advanced defensive ability with soft hands, excellent receiving and blocking skills and a plus, accurate arm. He loves to catch and doesn't want to take a day off. The switch-hitter has long faced offensive questions and took a step backward during his brief senior season with a slow, uphill swing that concerned many evaluators. But Romo impressed in a small sample at instructional league, showing a compact stroke with average raw power from both sides of the plate and a good grasp of the strike zone. The average major league catcher hit .229/.310/.385 in 2020 and Romo has a chance to attain that, especially with help from hitter-friendly Coors Field.

    THE FUTURE: The track record of defense-first high school catchers is terrible, but the Rockies think Romo can buck the trend. His advanced defensive skills will buy time for his offense to develop.

  17. 17. Ryan Feltner | RHP
    Ryan Feltner
    Born: Sep 2, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Ohio State, 2018 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: 8-3 | 2.96 ERA | 127 SO | 42 BB | 113 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Feltner had an up-and-down career at Ohio State that featured more stuff than polish, but the Rockies took a chance and drafted him in the fourth round in 2018. He showed well after signing but struggled to a 5.07 ERA in his first full season at low Class A Asheville. Feltner returned to the mound in 2020 in instructional league and dominated, putting wind in his sails heading into 2021.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Feltner has power stuff with a fastball that ranges from 94-97 mph and averaged 95 mph during instructs. His above-average changeup is his best secondary offering and he made strides with the slider to make it a potentially average pitch. The Rockies lauded the way Feltner used the pandemicinduced layoff to get better in a remote setting. They were particularly pleased with how well he pounded the strike zone in the fall after below-average control had been a concern in the past.

    THE FUTURE: Feltner has the durability and three-pitch mix to be a starting pitcher. It all comes down to how well he can maintain his control improvements over the course of a full season.

  18. 18. Hunter Goodman | C
    Hunter Goodman
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .300/.419/.517 | 2 HR | 1 SB | 60 AB

    Goodman had a freshman All-American season in 2019 after hitting .326/.367/.573 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases. After playing in the outfield that season, Goodman began catching during his sophomore year and has continued to catch for Memphis this spring, which makes his powerful righthanded bat all the more interesting. Goodman's raw power is easily plus, and has translated to 21 homers through 56 games, with a .307/.401/.678 slash line. That power does come with a good amount of swing-and-miss. He's struck out around 21% of the time in his career in the American Athletic Conference and his swing is noisy, with plenty of moving parts. He's got significant bat waggle pre-pitch and during his load, and also uses a very big leg kick in his lower half, which scouts believe will need to be toned down at the next level. There are question marks defensively as well. While Goodman is a solid athlete with big-time natural arm strength, his actions are clunky behind the plate and scouts are skeptical about how much he'll be able to improve his receiving and blocking. His arm is only fringe-average behind the plate. Goodman is a solid runner who's gone 22-for-25 in stolen base attempts in his career, so perhaps the best fit for him is a corner outfield position, where his arm might play better. A team who thinks he can figure out the catching could take him in the top few rounds.

  19. 19. Willie MacIver | C
    Willie MacIver
    Born: Oct 28, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Matt Pignataro.
    Minors: .220/.314/.390 | 15 HR | 20 SB | 364 AB

    One of the Rockies' three Futures Game representatives in Denver, MacIver showed improved power to match with athletic defense behind the plate. His 14 homers through 64 games were one more than his career-high for a season, which came in 2019 in hitter-friendly Asheville, then the team's Low-A affiliate.

  20. 20. Joe Rock | LHP
    Joe Rock
    Born: Jul 29, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 1-0 | 1.12 ERA | 11 SO | 1 BB | 8 IP

    Rock struggled to a 5.19 ERA over 11 starts and 59 innings during his freshman season at Ohio in 2019, but wowed scouts with his pure stuff last summer and fall. This spring he has delivered on those flashes and posted a 2.33 ERA through 14 starts and 88.2 innings, with 117 strikeouts (11.9 K/9) and 27 walks (2.7 BB/9) in the Mid-American Conference. Now he has a chance to become the highest-drafted Ohio pitcher. Rock is an uncomfortable at-bat thanks to his 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame, long levers and low three-quarters arm slot. His fastball sits in the low-90s and has been up to 96 mph this spring and features significant horizontal running action that should help him avoid barrels. His slider is the best pitch in his arsenal, a sweeping breaking ball in the low 80s that gets above-average or plus grades and could be effective against both righties and lefties given his attack angle. Rock also throws a changeup in the low-to-mid 80s that flashes solid diving life, but he has limited feel for the pitch and heavily relies on his fastball/slider combo to get through lineups. Rock still has some projection given the amount of room he has to add weight and strength to his lean frame and could also use his legs more efficiently in his delivery. He has a long, hooking arm action and his strikes are fringy despite a solid walk rate, which makes some teams wonder if he's better suited for the bullpen.

  21. 21. Jameson Hannah | OF
    Jameson Hannah
    Born: Aug 10, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dallas Baptist, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Chris Reilly (Athletics).
    Minors: .255/.324/.351 | 3 HR | 11 SB | 302 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Hannah has already been on the move a lot in his young career. Drafted by the Athletics 50th overall out of Dallas Baptist in 2018, he was traded to the Reds for Tanner Roark at the 2019 trade deadline. The Reds then shipped him to the Rockies with Robert Stephenson after the 2020 season in exchange for Jeff Hoffman and minor league righthander Case Williams.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hannah is an impressive athlete who does a lot of things well if nothing great. He has a good approach at the plate, doesn't give away at-bats and makes frequent contact with a line-drive stroke. Home run power isn't in the cards, but he has the strength to wear out the gaps and rack up extrabase hits using his plus speed. Hannah is a solid defender at all three outfield positions, although his fringy arm strength precludes him from playing right field on a regular basis.

    THE FUTURE: Hannah's likely future is a reserve outfielder who puts together competitive at-bats and moves around to all three positions. If he can find a way to impact the ball more consistently, a future as a regular isn't out of reach.

  22. 22. Grant Lavigne | 1B
    Grant Lavigne
    Born: Aug 27, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bedford, N.H., 2018 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mike Garlatti.
    Minors: .264/.380/.412 | 9 HR | 9 SB | 371 AB

    TRACK RECORD: A prep product out of New Hampshire, where the high school season is short and the quality of play is inconsistent, Lavigne is one of the most inexperienced domestic prospects in the Rockies system. He made a big first impression in 2018 with Rookie-level Grand Junction, but struggled at low Class A Asheville in his first full season in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lavigne possesses a beautiful lefthanded swing. It makes surprisingly little impact given his large, 6-foot-4 frame, but he has a chance to increasingly hit for power as he fills out. Lavigne has excellent strike zone discipline, giving him an intriguing combination of patience and power potential. The Rockies believe he'll be an impact hitter as he gains confidence and experience. Lavigne needs work defensively at first base. He's a good athlete for his size and has a strong work ethic, but his hands and footwork need a lot of improvement for him to become average.

    THE FUTURE: The Rockies were pleased with the quality of the at-bats Lavigne took in instructional league. Given his inexperience, he needs a full season of at-bats in 2021 as much as anyone.

  23. 23. Colton Welker | 3B/1B
    Colton Welker
    Born: Oct 9, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Parkland, Fla., 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Rafael Reyes.
    Minors: .258/.345/.483 | 6 HR | 0 SB | 120 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Welker's pro career got off to a flying start, highlighted by winning the California League batting title with a .333 average in 2018. He started strong at Double-A in 2019, hitting .308 with power through 56 games, before fading badly down the stretch and suffering a shoulder injury that cut his season short. The Rockies brought Welker to the alternate training site in 2020 and added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Welker rose to Double-A at a young age thanks to above-average hitting ability and solid plate discipline, and those traits will be his ticket to the majors. His downturn late in 2019 came when he got outside of himself, tried to do too much and his swing got out of sync. Average power could come naturally if he doesn't try to force it. Welker has a big body and his feet slow down when he carries too much weight, which hurts him at third base. His hands and above-average arm work at the hot corner, but his size and resulting lack of mobility might force him to first base, a position he played with greater regularity at Double-A in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: Welker can flat-out hit when he stays within himself. His defensive value is likely to be limited, so he'll have to hit his way to the big leagues.

  24. 24. Sam Weatherly | LHP
    Sam Weatherly
    Born: May 28, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Clemson, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jordan Czarniecki.
    Minors: 4-6 | 4.83 ERA | 96 SO | 32 BB | 69 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Weatherly pitched exclusively out of the bullpen his first two seasons at Clemson and piled up strikeouts and walks in just about equal measure. He found his stride as a starter in 2020 before the season shut down, leading the Rockies to draft him in the third round and sign him for $755,300.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Stuff is not a question with Weatherly. He throws his fastball 92-96 mph from the left side with a plus slider. He also has a changeup in his repertoire, but it's a clear third pitch. The question with Weatherly is consistency of those pitches, and to put more of a fine point on it, whether he can command them well enough to continue as a starter. Weatherly is an intellectual pitcher who understands the craft, but his control is well below-average and will need lots of work.

    THE FUTURE: The Rockies are committed to having Weatherly debut as a starter. His electric stuff should make him an effective short reliever if he fails to stick in the rotation.

  25. 25. Karl Kauffmann | RHP
    Karl Kauffmann
    Born: Aug 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Michigan, 2019 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: 3-12 | 6.90 ERA | 71 SO | 43 BB | 92 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Kauffmann enjoyed a successful career at Michigan and helped the Wolverines finish as runner-up at the 2019 College World Series. The Rockies drafted Kauffmann in the supplemental second round and elected to rest him after a long college season, so he has yet to pitch an official game after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kauffmann has solid stuff and a reputation for being a dogged competitor. His sinking fastball that sits in the low 90s is his best offering, and he also has an above-average changeup that he varies well and an average slider. Full seasons of pro baseball are a different animal, but there is little doubt about Kauffmann's durability as a starting pitcher. He throws plenty of strikes with average control.

    THE FUTURE: Kauffmann's durability, strike-throwing ability and competitiveness give him a good shot to be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter. He'll aim to make his pro debut in 2021.

  26. 26. Eddy Diaz | SS
    Eddy Diaz
    Born: Feb 14, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2017.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Raul Gomez.
    Minors: .275/.354/.337 | 1 HR | 59 SB | 407 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Diaz signed with the Rockies for $750,000 in 2017 as the club's first-ever Cuban signee. After two solid seasons in the Dominican Summer League, he went to Rookie-level Grand Junction in 2019 and continued to hit until a knee injury cost him the final month of the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A proven fastball hitter, Diaz has work to do against good breaking balls. The one unsightly stat at Grand Junction compared to his previous seasons in the DSL was the jump in his strikeout rate, although it still wasn't alarming. Diaz is a contact hitter and doesn't have a home run in his career yet, but the Rockies believe he has some gap power that will fit with his middle infield profile. His plus speed makes him a weapon on the bases. The Rockies plan to play Diaz all around the infield. He has the athleticism to stay up the middle, even if that ends up meaning second base.

    THE FUTURE: Diaz is a developing table-setter who can also provide defensive versatility. He's a better in-game player than he is a practice or showcase player, and that bodes well for his ability to compete as he moves up.

  27. 27. Yanquiel Fernandez | OF
    Yanquiel Fernandez
    Born: Jan 1, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2019.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Marc Russo/Raul Gomez.

    TRACK RECORD: Fernandez signed with the Rockies for $295,000 in 2019, making him a key piece of the international signing class that also included Adael Amador. He was considered to be one of the best lefthanded power bats available in the class but did not get a chance to make his pro debut in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Fernandez cuts an imposing figure in the batter's box even at just 17 years old. He has plus power and is to project as a middle-of-the-order bat if everything goes well. The Rockies only expect him to get stronger and potentially tick up another power grade. While he's certainly a power hitter first, he uses his hands well, controls the strike zone and has a chance to be an average hitter. Fernandez has a strong arm in the outfield but a lack of foot speed may limit him to a corner and a below-average defender.

    THE FUTURE: Fernandez is a long way from the big leagues, but his big power could lead him to make a splash in his debut in 2021.

  28. 28. Julio Carreras | 3B/SS
    Julio Carreras
    Born: Jan 12, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Frank Roa.
    Minors: .254/.306/.392 | 7 HR | 15 SB | 362 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Carreras signed for just $15,000 in the Rockies' 2018 international signing class, but he quickly proved a bargain. He hit well in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and followed up with another strong showing stateside in 2019, batting .294/.369/.466 at Rookie-level Grand Junction.

    SCOUTING REPORT: With a projectable body and leverage in his swing, Carreras projects for 20-home run power and could grow into more as he continues to fill out and get stronger. He has some length in his swing that leads to concerns about whiffs against better competition, but so far it hasn't been a problem. Carreras is a great athlete with good actions and plus arm strength in the infield. He's primarily a third baseman and projects to stay there, but he has the defensive skills to play second base or even shortstop in a pinch. The Rockies are working on letting his natural athleticism show in the field rather than him trying to force quicker actions.

    THE FUTURE: Carreras is set to begin the 2021 season at low Class A. How his bat plays in his first taste of full-season ball will be telling.

  29. 29. Bladimir Restituyo | SS
    Bladimir Restituyo
    Born: Jul 2, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 151
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Frank Roa.
    Minors: .259/.288/.334 | 3 HR | 31 SB | 290 AB

    Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Restituyo ranked No. 20 in the short-season Northwest League after the 2019 season, his first foray into stateside games. He's gifted with plus speed to help him chase down balls in center field. He still needs to sharpen his plate discipline, but he has the tools to be a pest at the bottom of an order and on the bases.

  30. 30. Ben Bowden | LHP
    Ben Bowden
    Born: Oct 21, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 249
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Scott Corman.
    Minors: 1-0 | 0.00 ERA | 17 SO | 4 BB | 12 IP

    TRACK RECORD: After a successful college career at Vanderbilt, including winning a national title in 2014, Bowden pitched his way to the doorstep of the big leagues leading up to 2020. The shortened season, plus minor back and shoulder injuries, kept him from debuting, but he spent the year at the alternate training site and was a member of the Rockies' taxi squad for their last road trip.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Bowden mainly relies on the two-pitch mix of his fastball and changeup. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and can reach as high as 97 mph. He pairs his heater with a plus changeup in the low 80s that he uses effectively against both righties and lefties. Bowden has a slider he can mix in, but it is decidedly his third pitch. Bowden is still working to be consistent with his fastball command and is sharpening his feel for how to best mix his pitches. He has consistently dominated lefthanded batters but has been hit-or-miss against righties.

    THE FUTURE: Bowden appears ready to compete for a spot in the Rockies' bullpen in 2021. He should settle into a middle relief role.

View Players 11-30

Are you a member?

In order to access this exclusive content you must have a Baseball America Account. 

Login or sign up  


Additionally, you can subscribe to Baseball America's newsletter and receive all of our rankings, analysis, prospect insight & more delivered to your inbox every day. Click here to get started. 

of Free Stories Remaining