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  1. 1. Brendan Rodgers | SS
    Brendan Rodgers
    Born: Aug 9, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 204
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Lake Mary, Fla., 2015 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Cedarburg.

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

    TRACK RECORD: Rodgers was the top prospect in the 2015 draft thanks to his precocious hitting ability, promising power potential and ability to stick up the middle defensively. The Rockies drafted him third overall, behind Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman, and signed him for a franchise-record $5.5 million. While Swanson and Bregman have found success in the big leagues, Rodgers’ career has stalled due to injuries. Shoulder surgery limited his big league time in 2019 to just 25 games and resulted in him being handled with extreme caution in 2020. A tweaked hamstring suffered at the alternate training site delayed his return to Colorado, where he once again struggled offensively. Through 32 big league games he has hit .196/.235/.227 with four walks and 33 strikeouts.

    SCOUTING REPORT: While Rodgers’ standing as a prospect has suffered, both because of injuries and decaying enthusiasm about his tools, he still has the ceiling of an impact player. He’s still 24 years old, and there is little doubt he can be an above-average hitter if he stays healthy. Rodgers’ quick wrists, bat speed and ability to make consistent hard contact earn high marks, and he projects to have above-average power. Historically, the knock on Rodgers has been his lack of walks and a strikeout rate that has ballooned in his small big league sample. At present, he can hit any fastball but struggles with big league-caliber breaking balls. While his pitch recognition and patience will continue to be question marks until he proves otherwise, they have been an area of focus over the last two years and he has shown progress. A natural shortstop, Rodgers is still a work in progress defensively at second base. He has more than enough arm strength and athleticism for the position and has spent time working on the finer points of the keystone, including his angles to the ball, moving better to his left and working to soften his hands. There is confidence he can be an above-average defender at second base if he winds up there.

    THE FUTURE: Rodgers will get another chance in 2021 to entrench himself with fellow homegrown stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, who play third base and shortstop in Colorado. Rodgers might still be the franchise’s shortstop of the future, but with Story there for at least another year, his best path to playing time will be at second base. If Rodgers gets the playing time he needs and makes a leap in 2021, an infield featuring Rodgers, Story and Arenado could be one of the most dynamic in baseball.

  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.

    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.

  3. 3. 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.

    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.

  4. 4. 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.

    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.

  5. 5. Aaron Schunk | 3B
    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.

    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.

  6. 6. 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.

    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.

  7. 7. 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.

    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.

  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.

    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.

  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.

    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/3B
    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.

    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. 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.

    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.

  12. 12. Ryan Castellani | RHP
    Ryan Castellani
    Born: Apr 1, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 218
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Phoenix, 2014 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Chris Forbes.

    TRACK RECORD: Castellani's mechanics broke down in 2018 and he logged an 8.31 ERA at Triple-A in 2019 before having season-ending surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. His run of misfortune continued when he tested positive for Covid-19 before the 2020 season, but he rebounded to have a strong summer camp and earned his first major league callup. Castellani made 10 appearances (nine starts) and posted a 5.82 ERA.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Castellani comes at hitters with a three-quarter arm slot that generates unique movement on his pitches. His fastball sits 92-93 mph and touches 96 mph with a lot of horizontal movement. His short, mid-80s slider is his best pitch and generated a 50 percent whiff rate in his debut. Castellani's mid-80s changeup was his fourth pitch in the past, but it proved effective against lefties and he increasingly went to it in the majors. He also added an upper-70s curveball that was largely ineffective against big league hitters. Consistency and throwing strikes are the challenges for Castellani moving forward. He walked more batters than he struck out in his debut and has had below-average walk rates since Double-A.

    THE FUTURE: Castellani has a shot to be a back-end starter if his control improves. Mostly likely, he fits in the bullpen.

  13. 13. 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.

    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.

  14. 14. 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.

    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.

  15. 15. 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).

    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.

  16. 16. 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.

    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.

  17. 17. 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.

    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.

  18. 18. 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.

    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.

  19. 19. 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.

    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.

  20. 20. 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.

    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.

  21. 21. 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.

    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.

  22. 22. Tony Locey | RHP
    Tony Locey
    Born: Jul 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 239
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Charles Peterson.

    TRACK RECORD: A high school teammate of Orioles lefthander D.L. Hall and Buffalo Bills quarterback Jake Fromm, Locey went from being a midweek starter and reliever as a sophomore at Georgia to the Bulldogs' Friday night starter as a junior. The Cardinals drafted him in the third round pushed him to low Class A Peoria in his pro debut, where he struck out 28 batters in 15 innings. The Cardinals did not bring Locey to their alternate training site in 2020, but the Rockies still acquired him as one of five players for Nolan Arenado in the offseason.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Locey's plus fastball has long been his calling card. It sits 93-96 mph and will touch 98. He locates it well and has developed average control. His arm can be a little late catching up to his lower half in his delivery. His slider has the movement of a potentially plus pitch, but right now it's more of a chase pitch than one he can throw convincingly near the strike zone. He also has thrown a get-meover curveball as a surprise early-count pitch.

    THE FUTURE: Locey will need to develop a more reliable third pitch if he wants to stay a starter. Even if he can't, his fastball/slider combo gives him a solid chance to be a power reliever.

  23. 23. Tommy Doyle | RHP
    Tommy Doyle
    Born: May 1, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 244
    Drafted/Signed: Virginia, 2017 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Jordan Czarniecki.

    TRACK RECORD: Doyle found his stride as a closer at Virginia and continued to shine in that role as a professional, saving a combined 37 games in his first two seasons at the Class A levels. Doyle pitched well at the alternate training site in 2020 and was fast-tracked to the majors, but he struggled with the jump and allowed six hits and six runs in 2.1 innings over three appearances.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Doyle boasts an excellent one-two punch in a 95-97 mph fastball and a wipeout slider that is the best in the Rockies system. He also has a changeup, but it's a below-average pitch and is very much a work in progress. The development of that third pitch, whether a changeup or something else, could be the key to Doyle becoming a truly dominant reliever. He keeps his high-octane stuff in the strike zone with average control.

    THE FUTURE: The Rockies compare Doyle to Scott Oberg in terms of stuff and the fact neither had the smoothest introduction to the major leagues. He is likely to start 2021 back in the minors but should be back in the majors at some point.

  24. 24. 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.

    TRACK RECORD: Hollowell spent three years anchoring St. John's bullpen and was selected in the sixth round in 2019 after a somewhat disappointing junior season. He bounced back once he arrived in pro ball and dominated the Rookie-level Pioneer League as Grand Junction's closer, notching seven saves in eight tries and with 30 strikeouts and five walks in 18.2 innings.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hollowell has the classic fastball/slider combination common in the best bullpen arms in the game. His fastball sits at 95 mph and can reach the high 90s and his slider is a plus offering in its own right. The Rockies worked with Hollowell on standing tall in his delivery, which has allowed him to get more out of his 6-foot-7 frame and throw downhill. Hollowell was a bit old for the Pioneer League in 2019, but the Rockies feel that his dominance was real.

    THE FUTURE: Hollowell's two plus pitches and mentality to pitch at the end of games give him a chance to emerge as a high-leverage reliever. He'll move to full-season ball in 2021.

  25. 25. Mateo Gil | SS
    Mateo Gil
    Born: Jul 24, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Keller, Texas, 2018 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Tom Lipari.

    TRACK RECORD: The son of former big league shortstop Benji Gil, Mateo impressed the Cardinals with his development after they drafted him in the third round in 2018 and had strong showing at Rookie-level Johnson City in 2019. He was not brought to the Cardinals alternate training site in 2020, but the Rockies still acquired him after the season as one of five players for Nolan Arenado.

    SCOUTING REPORT: It's hard to find evaluators who see Gil as a big league regular, but it's easy to find those who see him as a future MLB utility infielder. Gil has some whip to his bat and solid barrel control, but he doesn't do a lot of damage when he makes contact. Gil's body is still filling out, so there is hope he'll add more power in his 20s. Gil has an above-average arm which should allow him to stick at shortstop. His hands and range are average and he has a solid understanding of positioning and getting a good first step. He's an above-average runner.

    THE FUTURE: Gil is ready for full-season ball. His long-term role is likely bouncing around the infield and hitting at the bottom of the order, but further physical development could raise that ceiling.

  26. 26. 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.

    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.

  27. 27. 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.

    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.

  28. 28. 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.

  29. 29. Yoan Aybar | LHP
    Yoan Aybar
    Born: Jul 3, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2013.
    Signed By: Jonathan Cruz/Eddie Romero (Red Sox).

    TRACK RECORD: Aybar spent four seasons in the Red Sox system as an outfielder but didn't show enough plate discipline or the ability to translate raw power into in-game power. He converted to pitching and has moved steadily, ending the 2019 season at high Class A. The Rockies acquired him after the 2020 season in a trade for infielder Christian Koss and immediately placed him on their 40-man roster.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Aybar has electric pure stuff that could allow him to have a role in a big league bullpen. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and has reached 99 mph. He also employs a slider/cutter hybrid he's comfortable using as a putaway offering. It's the finer points, such as incorporating more deception into his delivery, moving the ball around and improving command that still need work, but that's understandable given how raw he is as a pitcher. His control is below-average and needs work.

    THE FUTURE: Aybar is in a position to debut in Denver at some point, but in order to get there he will need to cut down on his walks.

  30. 30. Will Ethridge | RHP
    Will Ethridge
    Born: Dec 20, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi, 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Zach Zulli.

    TRACK RECORD: After serving as a reliever for Mississippi for two years, Ethridge jumped into the rotation for the 2019 season and excelled, pushing him up draft boards. The Rockies drafted him in the fifth round and sent him to short-season Boise, where he posted a 3.82 ERA in nine starts.

    SCOUTING REPORT: At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Ethridge looks the part of a traditional rotation workhorse, and the Rockies are looking for him to become one. He doesn't have standout stuff and that limits his ceiling, but has a solid, well-rounded pitch mix that includes a fastball that sits in the low-90s, and an average slider and changeup that can both generate swings and misses. The Rockies see particular upside in further refining his slider. Etheridge locates everything well with average control, understands how to mix his pitches and is always in attack mode on the mound.

    THE FUTURE: Moving to full-season ball in 2021 will be a good chance for Ethridge to prove his durability as a starter. He projects as a potential back-of-the-rotation or depth arm.

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