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  1. 1. 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: .319/.387/.540 | 14 HR | 17 SB | 285 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 65/High

    Track Record: Since signing for $800,000 on his 16th birthday in 2017, Tovar has progressed each year on his way to ranking as one of the top prospects in baseball. He spent all of the 2020 pandemic working out at the Rockies' facility in Arizona because he was unable to return home to Venezuela. Over that time period, Tovar made substantial changes. He added strength and good weight and stopped switch-hitting in favor of batting righthanded only. The hard work paid off. Tovar broke out in his full-season debut in 2021, hitting .309/.346/.510 over 72 games with Low-A Fresno before being promoted to High-A Spokane for the final few months of the season. He was assigned to Double-A Hartford out of camp in 2022, making Tovar the third-youngest player to open the season in the Eastern League. Over the first few months of the season, Tovar impressed by hitting .318/.386/.545 with 13 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 66 games. Tovar went down in late June with a hip/groin injury that required a two-month stint on the injured list. Tovar returned in mid September, playing five games with Triple-A Albuquerque before he was called up to Colorado to make his MLB debut on Sept. 23.

    Scouting Report: Tovar is a talented all-around shortstop capable of impacting the game on both sides of the ball in a variety of ways. With a lanky build, Tovar lacks mass but has wiry strength and twitch that allow his him to generate power at the plate and on his throws. His offensive profile is heavily driven by his above-average bat-to-ball skills and plus bat speed. An aggressive swinger, Tovar looks to put the ball in play and do damage. While his swing decisions are still raw, he has an innate ability to adjust the barrel and make flush contact all over the zone. While his exit velocity data is below-average, Tovar's power plays up in games due to bat speed and the ability to strike his hardest hit balls at optimal launch angles. As Tovar adds strength to his frame and refinement to his approach in the coming years, he should blossom into an impact hitter. He's a plus runner and instinctual basestealer who is an asset as a baserunner, and his speed and quickness translates to the field. One of the best shortstop defenders in the minors, Tovar is rangy and fluid at the position and moves to his right and left with ease. He showcases a plus arm and is capable of making all the necessary throws with an easy arm action. With an excellent internal clock, infield actions and soft hands, Tovar is capable of developing into one of the best defensive shortstops in the major leagues.

    The Future: Tovar is a future everyday shortstop with above-average offensive potential. After making his MLB debut at the end of 2022, Tovar is poised to spend a majority of his 2023 season in Colorado.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60

  2. 2. 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: .245/.340/.384 | 12 HR | 55 SB | 466 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Veen ranked as the top high school player in the 2020 draft, and the Rockies selected him with the ninth pick and signed him for an above-slot $5 million. He made his pro debut with Low-A Fresno in 2021 and hit .301/.399/.501 with 15 home runs and 36 stolen bases in 106 games. He was assigned to High-A Spokane out of camp in 2022 and once again produced a well above-average line, hitting .269/.368/.439 with 11 home runs and 50 stolen bases in 92 games. Veen was promoted to Double-A Hartford in early August but he struggled for 34 games before ending his campaign in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Veen is a lean 6-foot-4 with projectable strength and long levers. He has yet to add noticeable physical strength or mass early in his career. Veen's offensive profile is heavily based around his advanced plate discipline and average bat-to-ball skills. He prides himself on making pitchers work and consistently works deep into at-bats. There's some swing-and-miss in Veen's game due to the length of his levers and mechanisms of his swing, but he manages to keep his strikeouts in check by rarely expanding the zone. Veen's power numbers and underlying exit velocity data is fringe-average, but added strength in the coming years and some tweaks to his swing could translate to above-average power at peak. While Veen may slow down over time, his advanced instincts and explosiveness should allow him to be a basestealing threat. He's an average outfielder capable of handling center field in a pinch but is best in a corner. He has an average, accurate arm and a quick release that would fit best in left field.

    The Future: Veen should develop into an above-average offensive performer capable of hitting for average and producing some of the higher on-base percentages in baseball.

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

  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: .254/.321/.372 | 5 HR | 18 SB | 374 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Heralded as one of the top defensive catchers in recent memory during his time on the prep circuit, Romo was drafted by the Rockies with the 35th overall pick in 2020. He signed for slot value of $2,095,800 to forgo a Louisiana State commitment. Romo debuted with Low-A Fresno the following year and hit .314/.345/.439 in 79 games. He was assigned to High-A Spokane out of camp in 2022, made 56 starts at catcher and hit .254/.321/.372 in 101 games.

    Scouting Report: A switch-hitting high school catcher is a risky demographic, but Romo's game exudes polish and maturity. At the plate, Romo is a contact-over-power hitter with a swing-happy approach. His righthanded swing is more advanced than his lefthanded one, with a majority of Romo's best-struck balls coming from the right side. He generates more consistent contact quality while displaying better plate discipline as a righthanded hitter. Despite the gap in production, his two swings are similar mechanically. Romo's bat-to-ball skills are above-average and he uses a short, compact swing from both sides of the plate geared toward stinging line drives to the gaps. His raw power is below-average and is not a major part of his game. His speed is fringe-average, but he's a capable baserunner with good instincts. Behind the plate, Romo is a standout defender with a plus arm that consistently produces pop times in the range of 1.9 seconds on throws to second base. He's an athletic catcher who is comfortable in the crouch and moves well behind the plate. He's an average framer and earns rave reviews for his advanced baseball IQ and ability to handle a pitching staff.

    The Future: Romo is a young, talented defensive catcher with above-average bat-to-ball skills who projects to be an everyday player capable of hitting for a high batting average in his peak seasons.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 50. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60

  4. 4. 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: .292/.415/.445 | 15 HR | 26 SB | 449 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Signed during the 2019 international period for $1.5 million, Amador was a well-known talent as amateur who starred for the Dominican Republic's U-15 team. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League in the summer of 2021, hitting .299/.394/.445 in 47 games. Assigned to Low-A Fresno out of camp in 2022, Amador spent the entire season with the Grizzlies and hit .292/.415/.455 in 115 games.

    Scouting Report: Few hitters in the Rockies' system are as skilled and naturally gifted as Amador. A switch-hitter with a contact-oriented but patient approach, he employs two distinctly different swings. His righthanded swing is closed with few moving parts, while his lefthanded setup is open with a leg kick timing mechanism. He's a slightly better contact hitter from the right side but is an easy plus hitter with high walk rates from either side of the plate. Amador's power is below-average, and with a slight build and level bat path, he's unlikely to project for more than mid-teens power at peak--though some evaluators haven't ruled out average power. Despite high stolen base totals in Low-A, Amador is a fringe-average runner who will likely see his steals dwindle as he ages. Defensively, Amador's actions and hands are average for a shortstop. He shows good game awareness but lacks quickness in his first step or a truly average infield arm. Amador projects best at second base, with the ability to be an above-average defender. He is a skilled player who is potentially just scratching the surface of immense upside as a hitter.

    The Future: Amador at present is a hit-over-power second baseman with elite bat-to-ball and on-base skills for a teenager. With added power and improvements to his first step and arm, he could develop into an above-average everyday infielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 65. Power: 45. Running: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45

  5. 5. Gabriel Hughes | RHP
    Gabriel Hughes
    Born: Aug 22, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 1 SO | 1 BB | 3 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: The grandson of former Tigers minor leaguer Don Hughes, Gabriel spent his first two seasons with Gonzaga as a two-way player. He was selected for the roster of USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2021 and converted to full-time pitching for the Zags the following spring. Hughes went 8-3, 3.21 in 15 starts with Gonzaga in 2022, earning second team All-America honors while compiling 138 strikeouts to 37 walks over 98 innings. The Rockies selected Hughes with the 10th overall pick and signed him to a below-slot bonus of $4 million. He made his pro debut on Sept. 10 with Low-A Fresno.

    Scouting Report: A big-bodied righthander with broad shoulders and natural strength throughout his frame, Hughes has little trouble generating power across his four-pitch mix. He works from a semi-windup with a large leg lift before he gives way to an uptempo move toward the plate and a long, extended arm action. His fastball sat 93-94 mph and touched 97 in the spring, but he was sitting 95-97 mph and touching 98 in his three-inning pro debut. Hughes' fastball relies heavily on power with only average vertical break and some late cut. His fastball command took a significant jump as he cut his walk rate in the spring with Gonzaga and showed potential for average command. Hughes' primary secondary is a short slider with moderate spin rates that sits 83-85 mph. He used a cut fastball in his pro debut in the lower 90s that could be an added wrinkle to his arsenal. Hughes will also show a changeup in the low-to-mid 80s that will flash above-average, but he has not been able to consistently execute the pitch.

    The Future: There's the makings of a potential midrotation starter if Hughes can improve his secondary offerings. If not, he has the potential to air it out as a two-pitch reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Cutter: 50. Control: 50

  6. 6. Benny Montgomery | OF
    Benny Montgomery
    Born: Sep 9, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: .310/.385/.494 | 6 HR | 9 SB | 255 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: One of the top high school players in the 2021 draft, Montgomery flashed impressive tools and athleticism during his draft summer. He was selected by the Rockies eighth overall and signed for $5 million, the highest bonus in history for a Pennsylvania high school player. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League by hitting .340/.404/.383 in 14 games. Assigned to Low-A Fresno in 2022, Montgomery made 56 starts while dealing with two stints on the injured list for a quadriceps injury. He returned to the Fresno lineup on July 6 and hit .329/.420/.526 with 18 doubles, two triples and four home runs over his final 41 games.

    Scouting Report: It's easy to dream on Montgomery's tantalizing tools, especially his plus raw power and double-plus speed. While Montgomery has elite athleticism and twitch, his overall skills and swing are still raw. His setup at the plate has been a point of much debate dating back years. Montgomery has gone through multiple iterations of his swing with different levels of pre-pitch hand movement. His swing employs a high leg kick, a hand pump, a bat wrap and arm bar at the point of contact. Despite multiple mechanical red flags, Montgomery produced consistent hard contact in 2022. He faces questions about his approach and bat-to-ball skills due to a high whiff rate and high chase rate. Montgomery's raw power is plus, as evidenced by his standout 90th percentile exit velocity of 104.4 mph. His running is plus and should impact the game on both sides of the ball. Defensively, Montgomery has the speed, athleticism and skills to handle center field with a plus throwing arm.

    The Future: Few players in the game have the loud tools that Montgomery possesses, but it's a matter of him adding refinement in the coming years and developing into an above-average regular center fielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 55. Running: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60

  7. 7. Warming Bernabel | 3B
    Warming Bernabel
    Born: Jun 6, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Martin Cabrera.
    Minors: .313/.370/.499 | 14 HR | 23 SB | 367 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: The Rockies signed Bernabel out of the Dominican Republic for $900,000 during the 2018 international signing period. In the years since, he has developed into one of the best hitting prospects in the Rockies' system. He had a strong 2021 campaign between the Arizona Complex League and Low-A Fresno, hitting .312/.367/.516 in 43 games. Bernabel was assigned to Low-A Fresno out of camp in 2022 and hit .317/.390/.504 with 10 home runs and just a 13% strikeout rate in 65 games. He was promoted to High-A Spokane in early July and hit .305/.315/.486 in 26 games before going down with an ankle injury in late August. He missed the remainder of the High-A season. Bernabel resurfaced in the Arizona Fall League, where he struggled over 15 games for Salt River.

    Scouting Report: Bernabel offers a bat-driven profile with elite bat-to-ball skills, an aggressive approach and bat speed-driven power. His ability to make consistent contact is his standout tool. He has rarely struck out during his professional career, with just 13.4% of his professional plate appearances ending with a strikeout. Bernabel has projectable power, but he likely peaks with average home run totals. While he has above-average bat speed, Bernabel will have to make changes to his setup in order to tap into his full raw juice. Defensively, Bernabel is a fringe-average third baseman with an average arm. He faces questions around his ability to stick there long term due to a lack of elite arm strength and first-step quickness.

    The Future: Bernabel brings a hit tool-driven profile with potential for average power that could fit as big league corner infielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50

  8. 8. Sterlin Thompson | 3B/OF
    Sterlin Thompson
    Born: Jun 26, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .307/.351/.436 | 2 HR | 3 SB | 101 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: A highly rated draft prospect as a prep, Thompson made it to campus at Florida and showed the advanced hitting skills he had been known for in high school. He hit .301/.396/.470 as a freshman and followed that up with a .351/.444/.559 line as draft-eligible sophomore in 2022. The Rockies selected Thompson with the 31st overall pick and signed him for the slot value of $2.41 million. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League in early August before a promotion to Low-A Fresno after 15 games.

    Scouting Report: One of the best pure hitters in the 2022 college class, Thompson is a 6-foot-4, physical player who projects to add strength. At the plate, his game is heavily based around his well above-average bat-to-ball skills and balance of aggression and patience within his approach. His lefthanded swing is heavily geared toward opposite-field contact. It's a simple, hands-driven swing with a flatter bat path, making it most conducive to producing line-drive contact. While Thompson's raw power flashes above-average based on early exit velocity data in pro ball, his swing will be a hindrance in the pursuit of power development. For now, he projects to have average power without a concerted effort to hit more balls out in front. Defensively, Thompson has split time between third base and the corner outfield positions. He is unlikely to stick at third base due to subpar actions and footwork. His plus arm will allow him to make up for below-average speed in an outfield corner. His long-term home is likely left field, where his powerful arm will keep baserunners honest.

    The Future: Thompson offers a hit-over-power corner outfield profile, but he has enough power projection to dream on.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55

  9. 9. Jordy Vargas | RHP
    Jordy Vargas
    Born: Nov 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 153
    Minors: 4-1 | 2.98 ERA | 64 SO | 17 BB | 52 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Vargas is the son of nine-year big league lefthander Yorkis Perez. The Rockies signed the highly-rated amateur out of the Dominican Republic for $500,000 in 2021. Vargas debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and pitched to an impressive 1.30 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. He made his U.S. debut in 2022 by making seven appearances in the Arizona Complex League, striking out 40 batters to four walks in 26.2 innings. He was promoted to Low-A Fresno in early August and made six starts over the final month. Vargas impressed with a 3.65 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 24.2 innings.

    Scouting Report: Vargas is a young, projectable righthander already flashing starter traits at 19 years old. His thin wiry frame and slight build don't project to add much physicality, but he should maintain a high level of fitness and athleticism. These traits translate to a easy, free-throwing motion. Vargas works from a tall-and-fall operation, delivering the ball from a high three-quarters arm slot. He mixes a trio of offerings led by his low-to-mid-90s four-seam fastball and a mid-70s two-plane curveball with depth and heavy horizontal break. He shows the makings of an average or better changeup in the mid 80s but is still inconsistent in executing it. Overall, Vargas shows the makings of three average or better pitches with potential for above-average command. While he manages to execute his fastball and curveball combination in a north-south manner effectively, he'll need to diversify his pitch usage as he advances up the minor league ladder.

    The Future: A projectable and talented pitching prospect with hints of starter traits and feel for a three-pitch arsenal, Vargas has No. 4 starter upside.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50

  10. 10. Jordan Beck | OF
    Jordan Beck
    Born: Apr 19, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225
    Minors: .295/.431/.477 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 88 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Beck developed into one of the better power-hitting college prospects in the country during his three seasons with Tennessee. He entered 2022 as one of the highest-rated draft-eligible college position players and hit .298/.391/.595 with 18 home runs in 66 games. He struggled against Southeastern Conference competition, hitting just .248 in SEC play. The Rockies selected Beck with the 38th overall pick and signed him for an above-slot $2.2 million. He made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League before a promotion to Low-A Fresno over the final weeks of the 2022 season.

    Scouting Report: A physically gifted player, Beck was one of the top athletes in the 2022 college draft class. He has a strong, physical frame with natural strength and explosiveness throughout his game. Beck's early professional returns have shown average bat-to-ball skills, scouts have concerns around his ability to hit quality pitching. His swing and bat path drive these concerns because he has a tendency to impact the ball at too steep an angle, leading to popups and weakly hit fly balls. His swing is heavily hands-driven and lacks adjustability due to a long, extended hand load and a longer uppercut swing path that's too stiff to turn on pitches in on his hands. Beck struggled against spin as an amateur and that trend continued as a professional. Despite these concerns, Beck possesses some of the best game power in the Rockies' system with notable exit velocities. Defensively, Beck profiles as an above-average defender in an outfield corner, with above-average running ability and an above-average arm.

    The Future: Beck offers a prototype power-hitting corner outfield profile. If he can make incremental improvements to his bat-to-ball skills and approach he should develop into an average corner outfielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Run: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55

  11. 11. Jackson Cox | RHP
    Jackson Cox
    Born: Sep 25, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: A high-upside prep talent out of the Pacific Northwest, Cox features a hellacious, high-spin breaking ball that kept prep hitters' knees buckling throughout his draft summer. Heading into his junior season, Cox added strength and cleaned up his operation and saw sizable stuff gains. He had heavy top three-round buzz leading up to draft day. The Rockies selected Cox in the second round with the No. 50 overall pick and signed him for $1,850,000. Cox was rested following the draft and will officially debut in 2023.

    Scouting Report: Cox is capable of reaching elite spin rates on his fastball and has one of the arguable best breaking balls in the 2022 prep class. Cox has a projectable, athletic build and should add size without sacrificing his athleticism. He deploys a short, fast arm action and slings the ball from a traditional three-quarters slot. Cox needs to clean up some elements of his delivery, particularly when it come to the consistency of his plant foot. Cox's fastball sits between 92-95 mph and has peaked at 98 mph with heavy sink. His curveball is a potentially plus pitch which sits between 79-83 mph, averages 3,000 rpm of spin and displays deep two-plane break. His mid-80s changeup is fringy but could reach average with further development. Cox commands his entire arsenal well, hinting at potential above-average command at peak.

    The Future: Cox is the type of high-upside prep arm the Rockies haven't targeted in years. He's a high-variance prospect with a midrotation ceiling and should debut at Low-A in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50.

  12. 12. Victor Juarez | RHP
    Victor Juarez
    Born: Jun 19, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 173
    Minors: 6-5 | 4.98 ERA | 100 SO | 33 BB | 103 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Juarez was a well-known amateur prospect in Mexico and represented the country in the Little League World Series. He signed with the Rockies in 2019 for $500,000. Juarez split his 2021 season between the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Complex League before hitting full-season ball in 2022. He finished as one of two teenagers to pitch 100 innings and record 100 strikeouts in the Cal League.

    Scouting Report: A slight righthander with a svelte, athletic frame, Juarez is a strong fluid mover who repeats his mechanics well. He deploys a simple, up-tempo operation with a high leg lift and a long but quick arm action before he slings the ball from a high three-quarters slot. Juarez's pitch mix consists of a low-90s four-seam fastball with pedestrian ride but above-average armside run, a curveball, slider and changeup. His curveball is a high-70s breaking ball with two-plane break and depth. He also utilizes a slider that became a big part of his arsenal late in the season. It sits in the low 80s with classic slider shape. His changeup was his most-thrown secondary and sits in the low-to-mid-80s with tumble and fade. All of Juarez's secondaries tunnel well off of his fastball, driving high rates of chase swings against each pitch individually. Juarez shows average command of his arsenal and could improve to above-average in his peak seasons.

    The Future: Juarez profiles as a No. 5 starter with a deep arsenal of pitches and command that plays above his pure stuff.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 40. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  13. 13. 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.
    Minors: .284/.340/.507 | 21 HR | 5 SB | 475 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Fernandez signed out of Cuba for $295,000 in 2019 and broke out in the Dominican Summer League during the summer of 2021, when he hit .333/.406/.531 with six home runs over 54 games. Fernandez moved to Low-A in 2022 and set the Fresno franchise record with 109 RBIs. That mark also stood as the fourth-most in the minors overall.

    Scouting Report: Fernandez has a power-over-everything profile and looks to do damage on every swing. He swings quite often, partly because he can get his barrel to pitches in and out of the zone. Despite his swing-happy approach, Fernandez possesses above-average contact skills that allow him to put to bat to ball at a high rate on pitches in the zone. His contact ability, combined with his bat speed and strength allows him to show plus power to all fields, with the high-end exit velocities to match. He's a below-average runner, and his speed limits him to an outfield corner, where he's a below-average defender. Fernandez keeps baserunners honest with a plus throwing arm that helped him rack up seven outfield assists at Fresno.

    The Future: How Fernandez's approach develops will dictate his ultimate role, as his overzealous approach could limit the upside of his eye-popping power tool. His ceiling is as a classic power-hitting corner outfielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 60. Run: 40. Field: 40. Arm: 60.

  14. 14. Hunter Goodman | C
    Hunter Goodman
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .294/.354/.572 | 36 HR | 6 SB | 523 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After a standout freshman campaign with Memphis in 2019, Goodman put himself onto the national radar. He was the first Memphis player to earn Freshman All-American honors and continued to set off alarm bells in the industry over the next two seasons. He moved to catcher as a sophomore and hit 21 home runs, which tied him for third in all of Division I. The Rockies selected Goodman in the fourth round of the 2021 draft and signed him for an above-slot $600,000. He moved from Low-A to Double-A in 2022 while hitting 36 home runs, which tied him for third in the minors.

    Scouting Report: Although he's a below-average hitter overall, Goodman has few peers when it comes to raw power. He has a simple swing with a big leg kick and an approach geared to hunt fastballs. He produces big-time bat speed with a violent, leveraged swing. His overall approached is tailored toward his pull side but he has plenty of power to all sectors. He's a fringe-average runner and won't clog the bases. Goodman is still gaining experience behind the plate but has plus arm strength that would play up further with improved mechanics and technique.

    The Future: Goodman has a plus-plus carrying tool in his immense power but he lacks the approach typical of first base and DH-only types or supporting defensive skills to profile as an everyday regular at catcher.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 70. Run: 45. Field: 30. Arm: 60.

  15. 15. Jaden Hill | RHP
    Jaden Hill
    Born: Dec 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 234
    Signed By: Zack Zulli.
    Minors: 0-0 | 3.06 ERA | 25 SO | 6 BB | 18 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: A highly touted recruit from the Arkansas prep ranks, Hill endured the Covid pandemic bookended by two injury plagued seasons at Louisiana State. Hill injured his elbow twice at LSU and had Tommy John surgery in his draft year. Still, the Rockies took him in the second round and signed him for slot money. He made his debut in 2022 and split his year between the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League and Low-A Fresno. His college pedigree should allow him to jump on a faster track in 2023.

    Scouting Report: An athletic pitcher with a strong, muscular build, Hill has displayed upside and potential since high school. He has fast arm with a long stroke and a low three-quarters slot. Hill throws his side-spinning four-seamer in the mid-90s and backs it up with a low-90s cutter, a mid-80s gyro slider and a low-to-mid-80s changeup with tumble and fade. Hill's best offspeed is his changeup, which is effective to both lefties and righties. He's improved the shape on his slider and added more power to the version he showed at LSU. His command was fringy in 2022 but could tick up a bit the further removed he is from surgery. His mix is powerful and could fit in a variety of roles.

    The Future: A strong return late in the season left little questions around Hill's big stuff returning to pre-injury form. With a trio of average or better pitches and developing command, Hill has No. 4 starter upside but with plenty of risk.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Cutter: 40. Control: 45.

  16. 16. 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: .249/.341/.510 | 30 HR | 7 SB | 429 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Toglia caught the eye of Rockies scouts first in high school. They liked him enough to draft him in the 39th round in 2016 but were unable to buy him out of his UCLA commitment. After three years with the Bruins, including a junior season in which Toglia hit .314/.392/.624 with 17 home runs, the Rockies got their man, selecting Toglia with the 23rd overall pick in 2019. Toglia signed for $2,730,000 and debuted later that summer with short-season Boise. After spending 2020 at the alternate training site, Toglia has steadily moved through the minors and made his big league debut on Aug. 30.

    Scouting Report: Toglia has an unorthodox skill set but also has a few things working against him at the plate. He's both tall and a switch-hitter, both factors that usually lead to protracted developmental paths. His swings from both sides of the plate are fairly similar--slightly open and with a pull-heavy approach. Those factors, combined with his long levers, have led to a below-average hit tool. He has a discerning eye, though, and rarely expands the zone. Toglia's plus raw power plays from both sides of the plate thanks to above-average bat speed and strength. He has consistently gotten to power at each level and should be an above-average or plus power hitter in the major leagues. Toglia is a surprisingly good athlete from someone his size. He clocks fringe-average run times but has shown a bit more giddyup when underway. Toglia has played in the outfield corner but will most likely stick at first base, where he's above-average.

    The Future: Toglia has the makings of a three-true-outcome hitter whose contact rate will dictate his power output.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 45. Field: 55. Arm: 45.

  17. 17. Jeff Criswell | RHP
    Jeff Criswell
    Born: Mar 10, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Michigan, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Rich Sparks.
    Minors: 4-10 | 4.03 ERA | 119 SO | 45 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Criswell starred as a reliever in the 2019 College World Series and was Michigan's No. 1 starter during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The A's drafted him in the second round that year but a shoulder injury in 2021 limited him to just 12 innings through two years as a professional. He bounced back in 2022 and logged 130.1 innings with a 4.03 ERA among three levels. He was dealt to to the Rockies in December for reliever Chad Smith.

    Scouting Report: Criswell's frame and four-pitch mix provide foundational starter ingredients, although he continues to face questions about whether his delivery can hold up in that role. His four-seam fastball sits 93-94 mph and touched 97 with a bit of running life. He can throw all of his secondaries for strikes. Criswell's low-80s changeup may now be his best secondary and he's comfortable throwing it to righties and lefties. His tight, mid-80s slider is an above-average pitch with swing-and-miss potential, and his slower curveball is a pitch he can use early in counts. Criswell has focused on trying to add more fluidity to his delivery to help alleviate potential injury risk. It's still rather effortful and he can leave himself in compromising positions at foot strike. He repeats it fairly well, walking 3.4 batters per nine innings in 2022.

    The Future: Criswell draws some comparisons to Chris Bassitt, another cold-weather arm who straddled the starter-reliever line as a prospect and had success in the A's system. With his new team he'll return to the upper levels in a starting role to open the 2023 season.

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

  18. 18. Julio Carreras | 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: .281/.346/.457 | 11 HR | 19 SB | 462 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Carreras was one of the Rockies' biggest breakout players this summer. He signed for just $15,000 in 2018 and has blossomed into one of the system's best defenders. Northwest League managers tabbed Carreras as the circuit's best defensive shortstop in BA's annual Best Tools survey, and his 42 doubles led the minor leagues.

    Scouting Report: Carreras is a twitchy, athletic player who this season began to hint toward a ceiling as an everyday regular. While his defense is already polished and refined, his bat-to-ball skills and approach still need to improve. Carreas does the majority of his damage against heaters but struggles with offspeeds. His inability to pick up spin or differentiations in speed was accentuated during his time with Hartford, when he struggled against more advanced pitchers who consistently attacked him with spin off the plate. Carreras' present power is below-average but he projects to get to at least fringe-average as he grows into his 6-foot-2 frame. Carreras' speed translates to both sides of the ball. He's rangy and quick at short, where he displays clean actions, a good first step and internal clock and has the plus throwing arm to profile long-term at the position. He stole 19 bases in 24 chances.

    The Future: Carreras is a standout defender who will need to improve his approach and refine his bat-to-ball skills to profile as anything more than a utility defender.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 45. Run: 55. Field: 65. Arm: 60.

  19. 19. Nolan Jones | OF
    Nolan Jones
    Born: May 7, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bensalem, Pa., 2016 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Mike Kanen.
    Minors: .276/.368/.463 | 9 HR | 4 SB | 214 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The Rockies acquired Jones for infielder Juan Brito prior to the 40-man deadline this offseason. A 2016 second-round pick by the Guardians, Jones ranked as Cleveland's top prospect entering the 2020 season. Since then, his prospect status has collapsed as he struggled to hit for impact at Triple-A. After spending the past two seasons at Triple-A Columbus, Jones made his major league debut this summer and spent the majority of July and August with the big league club. He was demoted to Triple-A in late August and spent the rest of the season in the minor leagues.

    Scouting Report: Not long ago, Jones was ranked as one of the top prospects in the game, with many evaluators liking his combination of on-base ability and projectable power. While Jones' ability to get on-base remains, the questions around his ability to get to his raw power persist. His underlying exit velocity data is above major league average, but too often his best-struck balls were hit on the ground. He made adjustments coming into 2022 and showed improved bat-to-ball skills and more consistent well-hit airborne contact to his pull side. Jones is an average runner but not a basestealer. Defensively, Jones has taken to a move to the corner outfield after spending a majority of his early career at third base. He's a fringe-average defender with an above-average throwing arm.

    The Future: Jones' change of scenery and lack of major league depth in Colorado is a welcome change. He profiles best as a second-division regular with the ability to fill in at multiple positions.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 50. Run: 50. Field: 45. Arm: 55.

  20. 20. Angel Chivilli | RHP
    Angel Chivilli
    Born: Jul 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 162
    Minors: 3-2 | 2.21 ERA | 51 SO | 10 BB | 41 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: After two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, Chivilli came stateside in 2022 and dominating over nine appearances in the Arizona Complex League. He was promoted to Low-A Fresno in early July and held down the Grizzlies' closer job for the remainder of the season. While Chivilli has impressed as a reliever up to this point, the Rockies plan to try him as a starter in 2023 at High-A Spokane.

    Scouting Report: A projectable righthander with plus stuff, Chivilli announced his presence upon coming stateside with a three-pitch mix with exceptional power for a 20-year-old. Chivilli's four-seam fastball sits 94-97 mph and touches 98-99 mph with heavy armside run. While his fastball has plus power, his dead zone shape could limit the pitch's projection against more advanced competition. His slider is a tight mid-80s breaker that generates whiffs and chases at elite rates and plays up due to his above-average command. Chivilli's changeup is used as often as his slider and shows splitter-type shape in the mid 80s. Chivilli misses bats and drives chase swings on all of his pitches due to his ability to tunnel his secondaries off of his mid-90s fastball.

    The Future: Chivilli is one of the highest upside arms in the Rockies' system. He has the stuff of a high-leverage closer and the deep quality of pitches of a starter. If he is moved to a starting role next season, Chivilli could blossom.

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

  21. 21. 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: .256/.300/.473 | 26 HR | 23 SB | 507 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After initially committing to Virginia Military Academy out of high school, Doyle instead landed at Division II Shepherd where he hit .392 in his junior year. The Rockies selected Doyle in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and signed for an above-slot bonus of $500,000. He reached Double-A for the first time in 2022 and finished the year in Triple-A Albuquerque and played a scorching nine games. The Rockies added him to the 40-man roster in November.

    Scouting Report: Doyle is a tooled-up athlete who has a variety of skills that buoy his profile. While he's a below-average hitter with a poor approach, Doyle displays above-average raw power and speed, making for an exciting, but far too often frustrating player. Doyle's bat-to-ball skills are below-average, with his overzealous approach further complicating matters. His inability to differentiate balls from strikes on the shadow of the zone was exploited by upper-level competition in 2022. While his raw power is above-average, his ability to consistently get to it is in question due to his poor swing decisions. He's an above-average runner and basestealing threat, and his speed translates to his defense in the outfield. Doyle is an above-average center fielder with a plus arm that would play in an outfield corner.

    The Future: A tooled-up outfielder with major question marks around his ability to hit against upper-level pitching, Doyle profiles as a bench outfielder with the ability to create sparks on his best days.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 55. Run: 55. Field: 55. Arm: 60.

  22. 22. Juan Guerrero | OF
    Juan Guerrero
    Born: Sep 10, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Minors: .274/.335/.437 | 14 HR | 18 SB | 453 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Signed out of the Dominican Republic for $650,000 in 2018, Guerrero has blossomed alongside a group of young, talented hitters in the Rockies' lower levels over the last few seasons. He debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, hitting .319 before coming stateside in 2021. He posted an .894 OPS in the Arizona Complex League, then followed with a strong year at Low-A Fresno.

    Scouting Report: Guerrero is one of the best pure athletes in the Rockies system, with a tall, wiry strong build that portends strength gains. He's an aggressive swinger with a longer swing, but his ability to adjust the barrel allows him to make contact at a high rate. While Guerrero will chase, it's at a controlled level that doesn't limit his hitting. He's a fringe-average power hitter who could grow into average or better thump as he adds strength. He also shows steep enough launch angles to hit for power now on his best-struck balls. Guerrero is an above-average runner who picks up speed underway due to his long strides. After playing as an infielder as an amateur, Guerrero moved to the outfield this season and showed average defensive skills.

    The Future: Guerrero is an athletic outfielder who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his upside. He is a potential everyday corner infielder with supporting skills who should start the 2023 campaign with High-A Spokane.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Run: 55. Field: 50. Arm: 45.

  23. 23. Dyan Jorge | SS
    Dyan Jorge
    Born: Mar 18, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: A native of Cuba, Jorge defected late in the 2020 international period at a point when most teams had already committed a majority of their bonus pools. Instead, Jorge opted to wait until the following signing period, when he landed with the Rockies for $2.8 million. He made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League and posted an .853 OPS. He came stateside for the Rockies' fall instructional league program.

    Scouting Report: An advanced hitter with a discerning eye at the plate and plate discipline unusual for a player his age, Jorge has a tall, svelte build with a high level of fitness and twitch. He's rail-thin at present but projects to add good weight as he ages because of broad shoulders and a lean, muscular shape. Jorge shows above-average hittability with the ability to make a high rate of contact in-zone. Jorge limits his swing and misses out of the zone and stays inside his approach. At times, this is a hindrance because he rarely lets loose and instead opts to stay inside the ball and shoot it to the opposite field. This limits his power projection because his current swing and setup aren't conducive to average or better in-game power. He shows line-drive and gap power, which safely projects to fringe-average power. Jorge is a plus runner who gets out of the blocks quick and translates his speed to all areas of his game. Jorge projects to stick up the middle because of good infield actions, a quick first step and smooth transfers. He's an above-average infield defender with room to grow into plus.

    The Future: A twitchy projectable player with advanced hitting acumen at the plate, Jorge could blow up if he proves he can hit for power.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Run: 60. Field: 55. Arm: 55.

  24. 24. Carson Palmquist | LHP
    Carson Palmquist
    Born: Oct 17, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 1 SO | 2 BB | 1 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: A reliever for his first two seasons at Miami who dominated out of the pen for the Hurricanes, Palmquist struck out 75 batters over 44.2 innings in 2021. After a star turn with the Collegiate National Team over the summer, he jumped into the Hurricanes' rotation. He made 16 starts and compiled a 9-4, 2.89 mark with 118 strikeouts to 32 walks. The Rockies selected Palmquist in the third round and signed him for an above-slot bonus of $775,000. Palmquist made one appearance in the Arizona Complex League.

    Scouting Report: With a lefthanded sidearm operation, Palmquist creates a difficult angle on all of his pitches, particularly to lefthanders. He mixes a fastball, changeup and slider. Palmquist's fastball sits in the low 90s as a starter but showed mid-90s velocity as a reliever his first two seasons at Miami. His changeup is a low-80s that generates whiffs at a high rate in college. His breaking ball is a mid-70s sweeper with moderate horizontal break that plays up out of his hand due to his sidearm slot. He's shown average command across a variety of roles as an amateur, and how his fastball velocity progresses as a starter will ultimately define whether he can stick in the role.

    The Future: Palmquist is a deceptive lefthander with a chance to start due to his average control, but a reliever role to fall back on if starting doesn't take.

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

  25. 25. Gavin Hollowell | RHP
    Gavin Hollowell
    Born: Nov 4, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: St. John's, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: Mike Garlatti.
    Minors: 4-2 | 3.14 ERA | 64 SO | 14 BB | 49 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Hollowell spent three seasons as a reliever at St. John's, showcasing big stuff from his 6-foot-7 frame. The Rockies selected Hollowell in the sixth round and he impressed with Rookie-level Grand Junction. He dealt with an elbow injury that delayed the start of his 2021 season but finished the campaign strong. He moved to Double-A in 2022 and made 42 appearances and racked up 16 saves. He earned a late season callup to the major leagues and appeared in six games.

    Scouting Report: Hollowell possesses above-average size and physicality that allows him to generate above-average extension. His ability to get down the mound amplifies his pitches, gives his fastball flat angle and makes it difficult for hitters to get on plane. Hollowell mixes three pitches but primarily works off of his fastball-slider combination. His fastball sits between 92-94 mph, touches 96 mph and features both a dead-zone four-seamer and a sinker. His slider is a low-80s sweeper with around 15 inches of horizontal break on average. He'll also flash a low-to-mid-80s changeup but it was a minor part of his repertoire in 2022. Hollowell has shown above-average command of his pitch mix.

    The Future: A two-pitch reliever with above-average extension and unusual release traits. sample, Weatherly showed improved command, but it's difficult to know if that was simply a product of his stuff being way down.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 55.

  26. 26. Alberto Pacheco | LHP
    Alberto Pacheco
    Born: Nov 29, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 176
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.13 ERA | 57 SO | 15 BB | 46 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Pacheco signed for $400,000 during the 2018-19 international free agency period for $400,000. He made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League over the summer of 2021, making 11 starts and pitching to a 4-1, 2.93 mar with 51 strikeouts to nine walks. He appeared in 11 Arizona Complex League games and struck out 57 batters over 46 innings.

    Scouting Report: A deceptive lefthander with a low slot and funky low-effort mechanics, Pacheco has a long arm stroke that swings behind his back as he begins his motion. His low, near-sidearm slot makes it incredibly difficult for lefthanded hitters to pick up the ball out of his hand and helps the shape on all of his pitches. He mixes a fastball, slider and changeup. He'll show two fastball shapes but is likely to lean into a sinker as he progresses. His slider sits in the low-to-mid-80s with a cutter-hybrid shape driving grounders at a high rate. His changeup is a mid-80s pitch with Bugs Bunny shape that plays off of his fastball. He commands his entire arsenal at an average level and gets grounders against all of his pitches at a high rate.

    The Future: A reliever long term, Pacheco shows feel for a trio of pitches with the ability to generate grounders.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  27. 27. Robert Calaz | OF
    Robert Calaz
    Born: Nov 22, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 202

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Calaz has some similarities to Alexander Ramirez, the center fielder who signed with the Mets out of the Dominican Republic for $2.05 million, with Calaz receiving a similar bonus.

    Scouting Report: Like Ramirez, Calaz has a long, lean frame with significant physical upside and projection remaining. He's a plus runner who should start in center field and could stick there if he retains enough of his speed. Calaz drew a split camp on his pure hitting ability, with some saying they saw good contact skills, while others had concerns about longer levers leading to length in his swing, but his size and strength projection point to big power potential.

    The Future: Calaz should make his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League.

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

  28. 28. Bryant Betancourt | C/1B
    Bryant Betancourt
    Born: Oct 12, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Betancourt signed out of Venezuela during the 2020-2021 international signing period as part of a class that also included Jordy Vargas. Over the past two seasons, Betancourt has made a name for himself with impressive hitting displays in the Dominican Summer League. In 2022, Betancourt hit .355/.462/.674 with 11 home runs that tied for third in the DSL.

    Scouting Report: Betancourt is an advanced hitter at the plate who shows a balance of contact, approach and power to go with a strong, compact build that leads to explosiveness in his swing. He shows plus bat-to-ball skills and makes contact in the zone at a high rate. He chased just 24.5% of the time in 2022. Betancourt walked more than he struck out during DSL play in 2022 and did so without sacrificing impact. His max exit velocity of 101 mph isn't eye-popping but solid for a teenager still growing into his strength. He makes his hardest contact at his steepest launch angles but doesn't sell out for loft. He's unlikely to stick behind the plate and has already seen a heavy dose of first base and DH.

    The Future: Betancourt is a talented hitter with projectable power, but a lack of supporting skills leave his long term defensive role in doubt and put extra pressure on his bat.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 30. Field: 30. Arm: 50.

  29. 29. Ryan Ritter | SS
    Ryan Ritter
    Born: Nov 10, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .320/.414/.680 | 1 HR | 2 SB | 25 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Ritter spent his freshman season at Logan (Ill.) JC before transferring to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Ritter answered some of the questions surrounding his hitting the following summer by hitting .330/.431/.429 with Cotuit of the Cape Cod League. The following spring, Ritter showed improved power and on-base ability but saw his already poor strikeout rate rise to 25.9%. The Rockies selected Ritter in the fourth round and signed for $530,000. Ritter debuted in the Arizona Complex League this summer and appeared in eight games.

    Scouting Report: While Ritter's strong defensive play drives his profile, his evolution as hitter over the past few seasons is an intriguing. He seemed to progress as a contact hitter throughout his first season at Kentucky and in the early part of his full summer on the Cape. As he made adjustments to his swing over that summer, Ritter tapped into above-average raw power, culminating in a power-happy display on the Capet. He made slight changes to his setup, but overall got more aggressive on pitches on the inner half as he looked to ambush fastballs early in counts. His combination of bat speed and leverage allows him to drive the ball to his pull side on his best contact, but this approach sacrifices his natural bat-to-ball abilities. Ritter is a strong defensive shortstop with above-average range, smooth hands and an above-average arm who should stick at the position.

    The Future: Ritter is a polished and at-times exciting defender at shortstop with a power-over-hit profile at the plate.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 55. Run: 55. Field: 60. Arm: 55.

  30. 30. Connor Staine | RHP
    Connor Staine
    Born: Jan 12, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: After a difficult 2021 campaign with Maryland, Staine entered the transfer portal and headed to Central Florida, where he joined the Knights' rotation. He made a dozen starts in the spring of 2022, going 4-1, 1.87 with 55 strikeouts to 22 walks over 43 innings. The Rockies selected Staine in the fourth round and signed the righthander for $400,000. After dealing with blister and back issues throughout the spring, the Rockies shut Staine down post-draft.

    Scouting Report: A tall athletic righthander with a deceptive delivery, Staine is a fiery competitor with plenty of projection remaining. He features a long arm action with a plunge and fires from a high three-quarters slot. He mixes four pitches, but primarily works off of his fastball and pair of breaking balls. His four-seam fastball sits between 92-94 mph and touches 97 mph with ride and run. His low-80s slider with two-plane break is his primary secondary and plays well off of his fastball. He'll show a mid-70s curveball with more depth and loopy shape. His command has been fringe at times and leads to some questions around his strike-throwing due to his inability to repeat his operation.

    The Future: Staine will be given every chance to prove he's a viable starter prospect, but his fastball and slider combination likely plays best in a relief role.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Curveball: 40. Changeup: 30. Control: 45.

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