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  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

    BA Grade: 65/High

    Track Record: A talented player considered on the fringe of the first round entering his senior year, Veen became the biggest riser during the shortened 2020 season after getting stronger and was drafted ninth overall by the Rockies, who gave him a $5 million signing bonus to pass up a scholarship offer from Florida. Veen impressed in instructional league after signing and followed up with a sensational pro debut at Low-A Fresno in 2021. Despite a slow start that saw him go his first 120 at-bats without a homer, Veen hit .301 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs, 36 stolen bases and a .900 OPS for the Grizzlies, becoming one of only four players in the minors to have at least 15 home runs and 35 stolen bases. He did that while impressing defensively both in left and right field and notching eight outfield assists in only 95 games.

    Scouting Report: Veen is a true five-tool player and has the potential to be a longtime anchor in the Rockies outfield. He presently has an all-pull approach and can be a bit aggressive, but he consistently drives balls hard on a line, handles all types of pitches and rakes equally against both righties and lefties in a way that is rare for a young, lefthanded hitter. Veen still has some tinkering to do to shorten his swing and use the whole field, but he’s already shown he can make adjustments and has a chance to be a plus hitter. He has plus raw power and is increasingly learning to add leverage to his swing, helping him project as a potential 30-home run threat once he fills out his athletic, projectable frame. In addition to his immense hitting potential, Veen is a dynamic, aggressive baserunner with long strides that create sneaky speed and make him a stolen base threat. Though he has just average pure foot speed, his aggressiveness makes him an above-average runner. Veen’s long strides enable him to make rangy plays to both his right and left in the outfield. He gets good reads off the bat, takes clean routes and charges in on balls well to project as a potential plus defender in the corners. His arm is his weakest tool, but it’s still average and makes him playable in both right and left field. In addition to his physical skills, Veen plays extremely hard and has an above-average internal clock for his age.

    The Future: Veen will likely get an invitation to major league spring training and start the 2022 season at High-A Spokane. On the low end, Veen projects to be an everyday big leaguer who reliably puts up 15 home runs and 10 steals per year while hitting for a high average. On the high end, if he makes the necessary adjustments to his approach, he could be a 30-30 threat and a perennial all-star.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

  2. 2. 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

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: The Rockies drafted Toglia in the 37th round out of high school and drafted him again with the 23rd overall pick in 2019 after his strong career at UCLA. Toglia spent 2020 at the alternate training site before making his full-season debut in 2021. Despite a slow start, Toglia hit his way from High-A to Double-A and had his signature moment in July when he hit a home run at Coors Field in the Futures Game.

    Scouting Report: A big, physical switch-hitter, Toglia hit 22 home runs in his first full season and is only just starting to tap into his power potential. He is an extremely patient hitter who sometimes lets hittable pitches go by, depressing both his batting average and power production. Once he learns to be more aggressive, he has the strength and feel for the barrel to be an average hitter with plus power. He is much more potent from the left side and will need to adjust his pull-heavy approach against better pitching. Toglia is remarkably nimble for his size. He’s a plus defender with premium scooping ability at first base and is playable in the corner outfield with his fringy but respectable speed. His arm strength is just fringy, but it’s enough to turn the 3-6-3 double play.

    The Future: Toglia is the Rockies’ long-awaited heir apparent at first base and is on track to reach Triple-A during the 2022 season. The Rockies re-signed C.J. Cron for the next two years to help bridge the gap, but once Cron leaves, first base will be Toglia’s for the foreseeable future.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 45. Fielding: 65. Arm: 45.

  3. 3. 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

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Romo earned raves as the best defensive high school catcher since Austin Hedges and was drafted 35th overall in 2020 by the Rockies, who signed him for $2,095,800 to forgo a commitment to Louisiana State. Romo entered the year known as a defense-first catcher with a questionable bat, but he silenced concerns about his offense with an excellent pro debut at Low-A Fresno. He finished fourth in Low-A West with a .314 average and backed up the hype about his defense to lead the Grizzlies to the league’s best record.

    Scouting Report: Romo’s defense behind the plate is borderline elite for his age. He has sound footwork and receiving skills, consistently posts pop times in the 1.9s with his above-average, accurate arm and quick release and has an advanced baseball IQ for his age. There’s still room for development in his game-calling, and he also has the talent to take his blocking to an even higher level. Romo is a switch-hitter but is vastly better lefthanded. He hit .351 as a lefty compared to .218 as a righty and may be best served dropping switch-hitting. He has above-average bat speed, stays balanced in his swing and strong strike zone discipline, allowing him to project as an above-average hitter from the left side. Romo has plenty of bat speed and raw strength, but his contact-first approach will likely limit him to fringe-average power production.

    The Future: Romo’s on track to become a Gold Glove-caliber defender and fill the Rockies’ gaping hole at catcher. The club expects him to be their starting catcher in three years.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60.

  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

    BA Grade: 50/Medium

    Track Record: Rolison’s strong sophomore season at Ole Miss propelled him into the first round, where the Rockies drafted him 22nd overall and signed him for $2,912,300. Rolison pitched extremely well in two difficult environments at Rookie-level Grand Junction and High-A Lancaster to start his career and was invited to the Rockies alternate training site in 2020. Expected to rise quickly in 2021, Rolison was instead derailed by poor health. He had surgery to remove his appendix in June and broke a bone in his throwing hand while fielding a grounder in August. He made up for lost time by pitching in the Dominican Winter League after the season and was added to the 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report: Rolison is a classic pitchability lefty who relies on commanding a varied arsenal to succeed. His fastball sits in the low-90s and mostly serves to set up his breaking stuff. His 12-to-6 curveball in the upper 70s is a plus pitch he can manipulate the power and depth of, and his slider is a slightly tighter version of his curveball that also flashes plus. He is still mastering his changeup, which flashes average at its best. Rolison fills up the strike zone with plus control and has an advanced feel for setting hitters up and reading swings. He has worked to improve the arm-side command of his fastball, which he’ll need to open up the entire plate.

    The Future: Rolison has the potential to be a steady, reliable starter at the back of the rotation. He may start 2022 back at Triple-A but should make his major league debut during the year.

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

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

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Montgomery emerged as arguably the best player in a historically strong Northeast high school draft class in 2021, with his freakish athleticism drawing large crowds of scouts to every game. The Rockies drafted him eighth overall and signed him for $5 million, the most ever for a player from Pennsylvania, to forgo a Virgina commitment. Montgomery reported to the Arizona Complex League after signing and had a solid pro debut, albeit in only 14 games, and finished the year in instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Montgomery’s raw tools are immense. He has plus-plus speed, plus arm strength and the athleticism to develop into a plus defender in center field, although he needs to improve his jumps and routes going into the gaps. He also has plus raw power he’ll show off in batting practice. The question is how much Montgomery will hit. He has a large hitch in his swing, which currently is more rigid and less fluid than it needs to be, and his timing and balance have a long way to go for him to be even a fringe-average hitter. He has plenty of bat speed and decent hand-eye coordination, but he’ll need to prove he can make adjustments against higher-level pitching. His swing is consistently compared to Hunter Pence’s, which can be both a good and bad thing with how funky and awkward it gets.

    The Future: Montgomery has a wide range of outcomes depending on how his swing develops. If it clicks, he could be an above-average, everyday center fielder. If it doesn’t, he’ll struggle to get out of the low minors like previous athletic prep outfielders.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  6. 6. 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

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: The Rockies forfeited their first-round pick in 2017 after signing Ian Desmond and made Vilade their first selection when they took him in the second round, No. 48 overall. Vilade cruised through the lower levels of the minors and spent 2020 at the alternate training site before opening 2021 at Triple-A Albuquerque. He put up just middling numbers in the hitter-friendly environment of Albuquerque, but he still earned an invitation to the Futures Game at Coors Field in July and received his first big league callup in September.

    Scouting Report: Vilade was drafted for his bat and hasn’t disappointed in that aspect. His smooth, line-drive approach and natural feel for contact has produced a career .289 batting average in the minors. Vilade makes hard contact and has raw power, but he’s hit more than 10 home runs only once in three full seasons. He’ll need to put the ball into the air more in order to become an everyday, big-league lineup pillar. Vilade began his career as a shortstop, moved to third base and is now strictly a corner outfielder. He is a below-average defender anywhere on the field, and his reads and routes in the outfield must improve. His average arm projects better in left field rather than right. A solid athlete, Vilade also began playing first base over the past year in an attempt to add to his versatility.

    The Future: Vilade’s hitting ability will buy him time to improve his defense. He’ll need to access more power to be an everyday player.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  7. 7. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Doyle was set to attend Virginia Military Institute before he rerouted to Division II Shepherd (W. Va.), where he performed like a Division I-caliber player facing Div. II competition. The Rockies drafted him in the fourth round in 2019 and he promptly won the Pioneer League batting title in his pro debut before impressing at instructional league in 2020. Doyle made his full-season debut in 2021 at High-A Spokane and didn’t quite live up to enormous expectations, but he still put together a well-rounded season and led the Indians to the High-A West championship series.

    Scouting Report: Doyle stands out foremost for his impactful raw tools. He’s physically strong with borderline plus-plus raw power, has above-average speed in the outfield and on the bases and has above-average arm strength. There are red flags in Doyle’s offensive approach, however. His grooved, muscular swing and poor strike zone discipline resulted in a 32% strikeout rate at Spokane. He needs to improve his pitch recognition, and he is still working to settle into a more upright stance he adopted since being drafted. Even so, he still had nearly a 20-20 season as Spokane, hinting at his immense potential if he can make adjustments. With speed, arm and premium athleticism, Doyle was named a minor league Gold Glove winner in right field and projects to be an above-average defender.

    The Future: Doyle must start putting the ball in play more in order to fulfill his everyday potential. If he can, he’ll succeed Charlie Blackmon as the Rockies starting right fielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  8. 8. 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 (Cardinals).
    Minors: .278/.360/.529 | 28 HR | 0 SB | 431 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Signed at 16 by the Cardinals, Montero won Most Valuable Player of the Low-A Midwest League in 2018 but missed a large chunk of 2019 with hand and wrist injuries. He spent 2020 at the Cardinals alternate training site and was traded to the Rockies before the 2021 season as the top prospect in the deal that sent Nolan Arenado to St. Louis. Montero delivered a strong organizational debut in his first year in the Rockies system, leading the organization with 228 total bases and finishing second with 28 home runs and 86 RBIs as he rose from Double-A to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: A big, physical masher at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Montero is an aggressive hitter who makes consistent hard contact that results in power to all fields. His above-average bat speed, a powerful frame and compact swing yields above-average power he gets to in games. Montero’s approach still needs to be refined. He’s an early-count swinger who needs to become more disciplined to get the most from his offensive skill set. Montero has plus arm strength at third base, but his big frame limits his mobility. His below-average speed and footwork make him a below-average defender and he spent an increasing amount of time at first base this year. Unless he slims down and gets quicker, first base is likely his long-term home.

    The Future: Montero has the offensive tools to be an impact hitter in the middle of the Rockies lineup if he can tweak his approach. Where he fits on the field is still to be determined, with a strong chance he ends up at DH.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Tovar was Colorado’s top international signing in 2017, signing for $800,000 on his 16th birthday. He turned heads during his progression through the low minors and, after making two key changes, broke out in his full-season debut in 2021. Originally a switch-hitter, Tovar began batting righthanded only in 2021. He also made significant strength gains during the coronavirus shutdown. With those two changes, he hit .287 with 30 doubles, 15 home runs, 72 RBIs and 24 stolen bases across Low-A and High-A while earning raves as one of the best defensive shortstops in the minors.

    Scouting Report: Tovar has long displayed above-average bat control and situational hitting ability despite being young at every level. His bat-to-ball skills are growing and he showcases gap-to-gap power with a line-drive approach. He mostly drives the ball for doubles but can occasionally elevate for home runs, as well. Tovar is a contact hitter first and still needs to add more muscle to his frame. He plays with energy and emotion but is already mature enough not to press. Even with his offensive gains, Tovar is a defensive-oriented player. He is a smooth operator at shortstop, where his clean footwork, sure hands, plus arm strength and advanced internal clock set him apart. He gets to routine grounders with ease and positions himself well with his advanced instincts to be able to make highlight-reel plays.

    The Future: Tovar still has several years of growth ahead of him, but he’s talented enough defensively to eventually be the Rockies’ starting shortstop. His offensive gains will be tested at Double-A in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 65. Arm: 60.

  10. 10. Adael Amador | SS/2B
    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

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Amador made his name on the Dominican Republic’s 15U national team and signed with the Rockies for $1.5 million as one of the top players in the 2019 international class. His pro debut was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he made up for lost time in 2021. He finished in the top 10 in the Arizona Complex League leaders in hits, runs, walks and stolen bases and led the ACL Rockies to the league’s best record.

    Scouting Report: Amador is a polished hitter for his age and has a history of excelling against older competition. He has quick hands and a short swing with a solid bat path that results in hard drives from gap to gap. He will need to continue to add strength to his relatively small frame, although he already has a thicker lower half that is already helping him tap into growing power. He commands the strike zone and has a good approach at the plate for a player who has seen very little pro action, helping him project to be an above-average hitter who should reach double-digit home runs. Defensively, Amador has only an average arm and average speed at shortstop and too often relies on his natural ability rather than sound footwork and fundamentals. He projects better at second base long-term.

    The Future: While Amador is advanced compared to other international signings of his age, he still has a long way to go. He’ll be tested at the Class-A level in 2022, and will need to prove that his small frame isn’t a negative on either side of the ball.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

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