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TRACK RECORD: The Rockies selected Rodgers with the No. 3 overall pick in 2015, the third shortstop taken in the draft's first three picks. The other two are established in the big leagues—Dansby Swanson, who went No. 1 overall to the D-backs and was traded to the Braves; and Alex Bregman, taken second overall by the Astros and moved to third base. Swanson and Bregman were three years older than Rodgers, however, and debuted in the majors at the same age Rodgers was last May when he received his first big league callup. Rodgers played only 25 games for the Rockies before suffering an injury that eventually required season-ending surgery. Rodgers compiled a 1.035 OPS in 37 games at the high altitude of Triple-A Albuquerque to earn his callup, but he scuffled to hit .224 with two extra-base hits in 25 games with Colorado. SCOUTING REPORT: Rodgers' bat gets most of the attention when he is the subject of conversation. He has high-level bat speed, consistently hits the ball off the barrel and makes frequent contact. He has legitimate, above-average power and can drive the ball hard the other way, an approach that works well with the large outfield at Coors Field. Rodgers rarely walks and needs to control his aggression, which he has worked on at higher levels, where experienced pitchers will exploit a free-swinger. A shortstop out of high school, the Rockies are confident Rodgers could play the position in the big leagues. With Trevor Story entrenched there, however, second base is likely to be Rodgers' long-term position. Rodgers played an increasing amount of second base in the minor leagues last year and his brief big league exposure. He is still working on going to his left and adjusting to a different angle for the throw to first base, and his hands have been a little stiff in his initial move to the right side of the infield, but he should become an above-average defender at the keystone in time. THE FUTURE: A Rodgers-Story double play duo would give Colorado one of the most powerful middle infields in the game. Rodgers' initial struggles in Colorado fits his history. At each level he goes through a growth period before settling in. He will get a late start on the 2020 season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
TRACK RECORD: Rolison was a potential top-five rounds pick out of high school in 2016, but his commitment to Mississippi was so strong he fell to the Padres in the 37th round. Two years later after a pair of excellent collegiate seasons, the Rockies drafted him 22nd overall as an eligible sophomore. Rolison opened his first full season at high Class A Lancaster and held his own in unforgiving conditions, making the California League all-star game and standing out as one of the league's best pitching prospects. SCOUTING REPORT: Rolison has a good handle on his fastball, changeup and curveball and is experimenting with a slider. He varies the speed of his fastball from 89-94 mph depending on the situation and locates it to both sides of the plate. His plus power curveball is his swing-and-miss pitch in the upper 70s with varying break, and his changeup is an effective, average offering. Rolison throws everything for strikes, works quickly and pitches smart. He focuses on hitters' tendencies and adjusts to exploit their weaknesses. THE FUTURE: Rolison is ready for Double-A in 2020, and if he adjusts quickly it won't be a surprise if he shows up in Triple-A Albuquerque by midseason. Given his maturity and ability to adjust, the Rockies won't hesitate to promote him.
TRACK RECORD: The Rockies have liked Toglia since his days at Gig Harbor (Wash.) High. They drafted him in the 37th round even though he was considered unsignable at the time. After Toglia spent three years at UCLA, the Rockies drafted him again with the 23rd overall pick in 2019 and signed him for $2.725 million. He went out to short-season Boise after signing and finished tied for second in the Northwest League with nine home runs. SCOUTING REPORT: A switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate, Toglia is a potential middle-of-the-lineup bat. He has an impressive understanding of the strike zone for a young player and is a tough out when his timing is right in the batter's box. His swing plane gets inconsistent and affects his ability to make contact, but when he's right he gets red hot and hits for both average and power. He controls the zone and figures to get better as he moves up because pitchers will have better control. Toglia has the soft hands and easy actions of a plus defender at first base. He is the type of first baseman who makes other infielders better. THE FUTURE: Toglia will likely open his first full season at high Class A Lancaster. He is advanced enough to potentially move quickly to Double-A Hartford.
TRACK RECORD: Lavigne became the highest player ever drafted from New Hampshire when the Rockies took him 42nd overall in 2018. He signed for $2 million and delivered a promising pro debut, but he struggled with the grind of his first full season in 2019 at low Class A Asheville and slugged just .327 despite a favorable home park. SCOUTING REPORT: Patience is key with Lavigne, who rarely faced good high school competition and is attempting to become the first New Hampshire high school draftee to ever reach the majors. Lavigne has potential as a hitter with an excellent feel for the strike zone and a strong lefthanded swing that produces plus raw power. He struggled to get to his power and posted belowaverage exit velocities in 2019, however, because he was often too passive, and evaluators noted he rarely drove the ball in games. Still, his approach, strength and youth earn him projections of at least an average hitter with at least average in-game power. Lavigne is a good athlete for his size who was a quarterback on his high school football team. He is comfortable in the field and moves well around the first base bag. THE FUTURE: Lavigne showed signs of making adjustments late last year. He has the bat, strike-zone knowledge and mentality to be an everyday first baseman.
TRACK RECORD: Welker hit .337 over his first three pro seasons and won the California League batting title in 2018. He moved up to Double-A Hartford in 2019 and met his stiffest challenge yet. He hit .308 through his first 50 games and was recognized by Eastern League managers as the circuit's best batting prospect. He hit just .190 the rest of the way in a season interrupted by a shoulder subluxation. He then hit .229 in the Arizona Fall League. SCOUTING REPORT: Welker's natural feel to hit has been his calling card throughout his career. Usually, his level swing path keeps his barrel in the zone for a long time, and he has the strike-zone discipline to be an on-base threat. Welker began chasing power and trying to loft the ball in 2019, and the result was an uppercut swing that went in and out of the zone quickly and dramatically reduced his ability to make contact. He has the natural skills to be an above-average hitter with 15-20 home runs, but only if he rediscovers his best swing. Welker has good hands and an above-average arm at third base, but his thickening body and lack of speed have some projecting him to first base. THE FUTURE: The Rockies plan to keep developing Welker at both corners. He has the committed approach that should allow him to learn from the challenges of 2019.
TRACK RECORD: Hilliard was a pitcher at Wichita State who only started to make the conversion to position player as a junior. The Rockies drafted Hilliard in the 15th round in 2015 and he methodically worked his way up the system. Hilliard reached the pinnacle in 2019, hitting 35 home runs and stealing 22 bases at Triple-A Albuquerque to receive his first big league callup. SCOUTING REPORT: Hilliard's size is deceiving. Though he's 6-foot-5, 238 pounds, he showed well defensively in Coors Field's spacious center field and stole 24 bases in 29 attempts in 2019. He is a plus runner and has a strong arm that precludes runners from being overly brave. At the plate, Hilliard boasts plus-plus raw power he gets to in games. That power has long come with lots of strikeouts, but in the majors he refined his leg lift to give him a better swing path and make more contact without sacrificing any of his line-to-line home run power. THE FUTURE: Hilliard's athleticism and power make him a legitimate lineup threat, and his ability to play all three outfield spots gives him a greater avenue to the majors. He has to trim his strikeout rate, which is the final step in his conversion from a pitcher.
TRACK RECORD: Castellani overcame a failed effort to become a more traditional overhand pitcher in 2018 and returned to his usual three-quarters arm slot in 2019. He got off to an impressive start at Triple-A Albuquerque but he was slowed by bone chips in his right elbow and had season-ending surgery in June. He returned to pitch in the Arizona Fall League and posted a 2.16 ERA in five starts, reaffirmed his status as one of the Rockies' better pitching prospects. SCOUTING REPORT: Castellani is an outlier who throws harder with from the three-quarters delivery than over the top. He has a three-pitch mix built around a fastball that can reach 97 mph, but he commands it best in the 91-94 mph range with heavy sink to induce ground balls. His best secondary pitch is an above-average hard slider and he also flashes a usable changeup. Castellani is a cerebral pitcher with thick, durable legs built to log innings, but his below-average command across the board makes him a likely reliever for many evaluators. THE FUTURE: Castellani will get a shot to pitch in the Rockies' rotation at some point in 2020. How his elbow holds up and if his command improves will determine if he starts or relieves long term.
TRACK RECORD: The Rockies used their top pick in the 2017 draft on Vilade and signed him for just under $1.5 million. The son of a longtime coach, Vilade got off to a slow start before finishing strong at low Class A Asheville in 2018 and did the same at high Class A Lancaster in 2019. After hitting .250 the first two months, Vilade hit .330 from June through the end of the season and was one of just five minor leaguers to finish with double-digits in doubles (27), triples (10) and home runs (12). SCOUTING: Vilade figures to develop more power but already has come to grips with basics of hitting—using the right side of the field, staying in the gaps and focusing on line drives to the middle of the field. He generally makes whatever adjustments he needs to and has the physicality and aptitude to drive the ball consistently and be at least an average hitter with average power. Vilade's challenge remains defense. His range, glove and arm are all below-average at shortstop and questionable even at third base. THE FUTURE: Vilade was drafted because of his offensive potential and has shown that potential. He needs to find a defensive home, but the Rockies will find him one as long as he keeps hitting.
TRACK RECORD: A third baseman and reliever at Georgia, Schunk was drafted by the Rockies in the second round in 2019 to swing the bat. He signed for $1,102,700 and did just that in his pro debut, leading short-season Boise with a .306 average, .503 slugging percentage and .873 OPS. SCOUTING: Schunk is a well-rounded player who plays a mature game. Offensively, he knows the strike zone, stays inside the ball and drives it from gap to gap. He has plenty of bat speed and makes contact out front, resulting in balls jumping off his bat when he gets it. He shows the overall foundation of a potential above-average hitter with average power, and most are confident he'll reach those benchmarks. Schunk still has growth ahead defensively third base, but he has the athleticism and arm strength to develop into at least an average defender. Just as important, he has the work ethic to get better. Schunk is a cerebral player always aware of the game situation and is a natural leader. THE FUTURE: Schunk will open 2020 at high Class A Lancaster and could come quickly. He is mature beyond his years and consistently focused on getting better, which will only help him get the most out of his natural ability.
TRACK RECORD: Nevin has performed when he's been on the field, but that hasn't been often since the Rockies drafted him 38th overall in 2015 and signed him for $2 million. He played more than 100 games for the first time at Double-A Hartford in 2019 and finished on a high note, winning Eastern League player of the month in August to cap an otherwise subpar season. SCOUTING: The son of former all-star third baseman Phil Nevin, Tyler grew up around the ballpark. Like his dad, Tyler has a potent bat that drills hard line drives and a knack for hitting the ball the other way. Nevin is still learning to elevate for home runs, but he has enough natural strength and contact ability for evaluators to project a potential everyday corner infielder. Nevin is a well below-average third baseman who takes odd approaches and is destined for first base, where he is still gaining confidence and experience. Nevin is a resilient, tough individual who has rebounded from multiple injuries and responded well to his first extended struggles last year. THE FUTURE: Nevin is really going to have to hit to profile at first base, but he may be up for it. He'll move to Triple-A Albuquerque in 2020 and has an outside chance to make his major league debut.
TRACK RECORD: Amador represented the Dominican Republic at multiple international tournaments as an amateur, including the COPABE 15U Pan American Championship, where he made the alltournament team and won a gold medal. His combination of tools and ability to perform in games made him one of the best prospects in the 2019 international class when the Rockies signed him at 16 for $1.5 million. SCOUTING REPORT: Amador is an advanced hitter for his age with a simple, compact swing from both sides of the plate. He stays balanced and recognizes pitches well, with the plate discipline and bat control to make frequent contact. Amador has a two-strike approach, but early in the count he looks to do damage, with his power ticking up to be able to drive the ball over the fence and the strength projection to get to at least average power. Amador has a chance to stay at shortstop, though some scouts think he might move off the position, and he's likely going to split time between shortstop and second base in 2020. An average runner, Amador has good defensive instincts, reading the ball off the bat well with a quick exchange to an average arm. THE FUTURE: : While Amador is far away, he's one of the most exciting young players in the system. He will make his pro debut in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The closer for Vanderbilt's national championship team in 2016, Bowden has put together back-to-back impact seasons since missing his first potential full season, 2017, with hamstring and back injuries. He rose to Double-A Hartford in 2019 and set the Yard Goats record for saves (20) and ERA (1.05) in the first half alone before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he stayed strong pitching through difficult conditions. Bowden has struck out over 34 percent of hitters over the course of his pro career but has also battled control issues. SCOUTING REPORT: Bowden's fastball, which he uses primarily up and away from hitters, sits 92-94 mph and reaches 97 from the left side. He backs up his heater with a plus, low 80s changeup which generates a high number of swings and misses from both lefties and righties. Bowden had lived largely on that two-pitch mix in the past but in 2019 significantly tightened his three-quarter breaking slurve and began generating a higher number of in-zone swings and misses with the pitch, particularly from lefthanders. Bowden struggles with his quality and intent in and out of the zone and needs to be more pitch-efficient, but the Rockies feel he took positive steps forward in 2019. Bowden is an excellent competitor with the stuff and mentality to be a late-inning reliever. THE FUTURE: With a two-pitch mix and an ability to neutralize lefthanded hitters, Bowden is perfectly suited for relief role. There's still some seasoning to go, but he should make his big league debut in 2020
TRACK RECORD: Kauffmann enjoyed a successful three-year run at the Michigan, posting a 17-9, 2.74 mark while serving as a rotation stalwart in each of the last two seasons. Kauffmann signed with the Rockies for $805,600 soon after the Wolverines were bounced from the College World Series. After pitching a Michigan-record 130.2 innings, the Rockies used the rest of the summer as a chance for Kauffman to get acquainted with the organization. SCOUTING REPORT: Kauffmann features an above-average, 91-95 mph sinking fastball that reminds the Rockies of the version used by former pitcher Aaron Cook. Kauffmann complements the sinker with a solid-average changeup. Scouts are mixed on the quality slider, which is still developing. Kauffmann is durable and has solid command of his pitches thanks to a smooth, athletic delivery. Kauffmann carries a reputation for mental toughness and gamesmanship from his amateur days. THE FUTURE: Kauffmann projects as a potential back-end starter with the assortment of pitches designed for Coors Field, although some scouts the effort in his delivery may push him to the bullpen. With his savvy approach to pitching and strike-throwing ability, he could move quickly through the system.
TRACK RECORD: Vavra's father, Joe, is the hitting coach for the Tigers, and both of his brothers played professionally. Vavra hit over .300 each of his three seasons with the Minnesota, including a .386 mark in his junior season with a 1.069 OPS. After being selected in the third round in 2018, Vavra had little trouble transitioning to pro ball. He posted a .302/.396/.467 slash line at short-season Boise in 2018, then won the South Atlantic League MVP with low Class A Asheville. SCOUTING REPORT: There s little question about Vavra's offensive potential, highlighted by his production and his advanced knowledge of the strike zone. Vavra had a low swing-and-miss rate of just 18.2 percent and shows a line-drive, middle-of-the-field approach that should lead to more power in time because of a 14-degree launch angle. Scouts question his range and arm strength at shortstop and prefer him at second base. The Rockies plan to give Vavra playing time all around the infield to prepare him for a possible utility role, but his intangibles and feel for the game give him an extra edge. THE FUTURE: Vavra will head to high Class A Lancaster in 2020. The Rockies envision him as a utilityman who finds his way into the lineup more often than not.
TRACK RECORD: Wallace is the third UConn reliever selected by the Rockies in the last eight drafts, joining PJ Poulin (11th round, 2018) and current big leaguer Scott Oberg (15th round, 2012). He got the attention of scouts when he struck out 12 of 15 batters in the 2019 college playoffs, including all seven batters he faced against Oklahoma State. SCOUTING REPORT: Wallace is the prototypical power reliever with a mid-90s fastball and a plus slider. His fastball sits 93-95 mph and ramps up to 97, while his sharp 83-95 mph slider is a swing-and-miss offering more advanced than the typical college reliever. Northwest League hitters put Wallace's slider in play just 19 percent of the time while swing and missing on close to 60 percent of his offerings. Furthermore, Wallace's slider averaged 2,800 rpms during the summer, which is well above major league average. Wallace did not have a third pitch in college, but he has been working on a changeup since signing, though has yet to break it out in a regular-season game. Wallace is a quick twitch athlete with a very aggressive mound presence and delivery. His arm action is long and quick. THE FUTURE: Wallace projects as a back-end bullpen arm. As he refines his command, he has a chance to rise through the system quickly
TRACK RECORD: Olivarez was little-known in the scouting community until he turned heads during extended spring training and became the buzz of the Arizona backfields. Olivarez pitched his first three seasons in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside. He made three starts in the DSL in 2019 before moving to Rookie-level Grand Junction, where he struck out 28 percent of Pioneer League hitters. SCOUTING REPORT: Olivarez already has an imposing frame at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. He has a quick yet balanced delivery with a very quick arm from a low three-quarter slot with deeper plunge in back. His plus fastball sits 92-96 mph and has plenty of room to tick up as he gets stronger. His fastball plays up with life and good angle. Olivarez is still developing a breaking ball and changeup, both of which show potential but lack consistency due in part to inconsistent arm speed and finish. Olivarez has more confidence in his curveball, which has solid angle and spin when his delivery is on time, but he had more success in the Pioneer League commanding his changeup. Olivarez generates the majority of his strikeouts off his curveball, which demonstrates its potential ceiling. Olivarez's command is currently below-average, as shown by his 11.6 percent walk rate. THE FUTURE: Olivarez is a long way off but has real rotation potential if he fills out and refines his pitches and command. The Rockies will monitor his innings, and extended Spring Training is a likely starting point before a move to either short-season Boise or low Class A Asheville.
TRACK RECORD: Doyle had originally committed to Virginia Military Institute, but as his skills improved he grew concerned about his ability to balance baseball along with the military obligations at VMI, so he opted instead to attend Division II Shepherd (W. Va) University. Doyle was two-time Mountain East Conference Player of the Year and finished his career with a .383/.438/.647 slash line. That performance earned him a fourth-round selection. Doyle opened his career by leading the Rookie-level Pioneer league in batting average (.383) and on-base percentage (.477) despite missing three weeks with a broken cheek-bone suffered when he was hit by a fastball. His athleticism led scouts to speculate he might have been a first-round pick had he played at a more prominent school. SCOUTING REPORT: Doyle is a plus runner with a plus arm and plus power and has shown the ability to adapt. He raised his stance at the Rockies' suggestion, and the move allowed him to create better leverage. It also gave him a longer look at pitches, which showed with a low strikeout rate and an average 4.08 pitches per plate appearance. One potential issue moving forward is a higher than average swing-and-miss rate of 30.4 percent and a particular vulnerability against sliders from righthanders. He has the potential to be a plus outfielder with a strong arm, and his speed makes him an option in center field. THE FUTURE: Doyle could move quickly if he maintains the offensive adjustments he made at Grand Junction. He He should start 2020 at low Class A Asheville and has the makeup to continue to adapt to any roadblocks he may face.
TRACK RECORD: Diaz became the Rockies' first-ever Cuban prospect when they signed him for $750,000 during the 2017 international signing period. His U.S. debut in 2019 was cut short by a knee injury that cost him the final month, but he was impressive when healthy. SCOUTING REPORT: Diaz has proven particularly adept as a fastball hitter with a 9 percent swing-andmiss rate over his pro career. Diaz proved more vulnerable to pro breaking balls and will need to do a better job making contact. Diaz has yet to hit a professional home run in 555 plate appearances but can generate a decent slugging percentage by virtue of the doubles and triples his speed creates. A shortstop now, Diaz's arm is just average. He figures to settle in at second base and be a sparkplug. THE FUTURE: It is tough to project power on Diaz, but he has bat speed, makes contact and delivers line drives. Add in his foot speed and first-step quickness, and he will fit nicely at the top of a lineup.
TRACK RECORD: Doyle was drafted by the Nationals in 2014 but instead chose to head to Virginia, where he spent the next three seasons. After a transitional first season at Rookie-level Grand Junction, Doyle has strung together two quality seasons as a reliever at both levels of Class A, recording a combined 37 saves along with a 2.67 ERA and .548 OPS against. SCOUTING REPORT: Doyle features a fastball that ranges from 95-98 mph with hard downer action that hitters usually beat into the ground. Doyle backs up the fastball with a power slurve in the 89-91 mph range that he now throws effectively to both sides of the plate. Doyle's changeup is still a work in progress due to deceleration issues in his delivery and timing. He often pulls the pitch to his gloveside, which gives it a cutterish look. While Doyle was able to use his slider in 2019 to neutralize lefthanded hitters, he may need to develop a pitch with more separation from his fastball in order to enhance his versatility and value in a major league pen. Doyle's delivery is solid with loose levers with leverage through his lower half and solid downhill plane. Doyle also added a higher front side to his delivery to enhance his plane to the plate. THE FUTURE: Doyle should start 2020 at Double-A Hartford, where additional refinement changing speeds could put him on the fast track to a big league bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Carreras didn't garner much attention when the Rockies signed him for $15,000 before the 2018 season. But after a strong debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2018, Carreras followed it up by ranking as one of the top 20 prospects in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: Carreras has performed well at both stops since signing, with quick hands and a strong frame that give him a chance for 20-plus home run power. Carreras' swing gets long and it isn't the prettiest stroke, but despite some of his mechanical flaws, he has good hand-eye coordination, so he doesn't strike out excessively, though that might get challenged as he faces better competition. He moves surprisingly well for his size, with above-average speed underway. Carreras spent most of his time at third base, with exposure to shortstop and second base as well, but he profiles best at third. There's some stiffness to his actions that he will need to smooth out, but he has enough athleticism to stay at third base with a quick first step and an average arm. THE FUTURE: Carreras should be advanced enough to advance to low Class A Asheville, where full-season pitching will give him a tougher test to show his swing will translate moving up.
TRACK RECORD: The Rockies signed Tovar the day he turned 16 then watched as he added the strength they expected. As an amateur he showed a projectable frame, the straight-line speed to run the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds and smooth, line-drive strokes from both sides of the plate. He's proved advanced enough that the Rockies split his time between the Rookie-level Pioneer League and the typically collegeheavy Northwest League. SCOUTING REPORT: Despite his youth (he was the youngest player with more than 50 plate appearances in the Pioneer League), Tovar showed impressive tools. He displayed enough bat speed to catch up with quality fastballs and a smooth enough swing that led rival evaluators to believe he'll have at least an average hit tool. The power isn't there quite yet, but Tovar still has to grow into his adult body. In the field, Tovar shows both quickness and speed as well as more than enough arm strength to make the throws required for a shortstop. He also impressed scouts with his high baseball IQ and ability to adjust quickly and learn from his mistakes. THE FUTURE: Betting on Tovar is a long-term play, but he's already among the best defenders in the Rockies' system and has the potential to provide impact on both sides of the ball.
TRACK RECORD: Dominican shortstop Adael Amador was the prize signing of Colorado's 2019 international signing class, but Fernandez has made a loud impression as well. After Fernandez left Cuba, he signed with the Rockies at 16 for $295,0000. SCOUTING REPORT: Fernandez is a strong, physical player with a chance to hit in the middle of a lineup. His strength and bat speed jump out, producing plus raw power with good leverage from a loose lefty stroke. He uses his hands well at the plate and does a good job of controlling the strike zone and recognizing pitches with advanced hitting instincts for his age. A smart player who is a student of the game, Fernandez uses the whole field and hangs in well against lefthanded pitching already. Fernandez has an arm that earns plus or better grades, but his value will come from what he does at the plate, as he's a below-average runner and athlete with limited range in an outfield corner. THE FUTURE: Fernandez is far from the major leagues and has yet to make his pro debut, but he's one of the most exciting power bats in the organization.
TRACK RECORD: Goudeau is an outlier—a 27-year-old who has gotten better every year and suddenly pushed himself into prospect status. A junior college draftee of the Royals in 2012, Goudeau chose pro ball over a scholarship to Louisiana-Lafayette. The Royals traded him to the Mariners during the waning stages of 2018 spring training. Change of scenery did little to advance Goudeau's performance, though he finally pitched in Triple-A for the first time. The Rockies signed him as a minor league free agent then watched as he posted a 2.07 ERA in 16 starts at Double-A and starred in the Arizona Fall League. SCOUTING REPORT: Despite inflated ERAs and otherwise ordinary stat lines, Goudeau's peripheral numbers have gotten better each year. Goudeau has always had an excellent curveball, and throwing it more has led to favorable results. Goudeau complements the curveball with a 90-95 mph fastball and usable changeup. He keeps the changeup down in the zone and uses it against both against lefthanded and righthanded hitters. At 6-foot-6, he creates a strong downward angle on all of his pitches. Possessing a good pitcher's frame, Goudeau has continually improved his body, which has helped his athleticism and command. THE FUTURE: Goudeau has pitched himself into position to be a major leaguer in 2020 but should begin 2020 at Triple-A Albuquerque.
TRACK RECORD: Daza has proven he can hit at the minor-league level, having put together batting averages of better than .300 in each of the last four years. That includes a .364 average at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2019 which earned him his first big league callup. That success didn't translate to the majors, where he hit .206 in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: Daza's strength has always been his ability to make contact, and he's produced a relatively low rate of swings and misses throughout his career. He's done the majority of his damage of fastballs in the minors, but those line drives turned into mishits in the big leagues. Selectively aggression coupled with a high contact rate has kept Daza from drawing many walks. Even with an increased launch angle over past few years, Daza has a relatively level swing and has produced more grounders than line drives or fly balls. Easily the best centerfielder in the organization, Daza covers plenty of ground with his plus speed and has a strong, accurate arm. THE FUTURE: Daza should return to the majors in 2020 and has a ceiling of a backup outfielder who can handle all three positions while providing both speed and contact.
TRACK RECORD: Koss entered the year as one of the top 2019 draft prospects on the West Coast. But he scuffled at the plate during his junior year at UC Irvine and fell to the 12th round, signing for $180,000. He rebounded well in the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he ranked among the league's top prospects. SCOUTING REPORT: In college, Koss stood out for his slick defense at shortstop. He's an athletic, highenergy player with good actions in the field and a quick transfer to a solid-average arm. Some scouts think he should stay at shortstop, though others think his range and inconsistency in the field might move him off the position. During his junior season, Koss changed his approach to try to hit for more power, and it ended up with him piling up strikeouts until he adjusted at the end, which carried over into his pro debut. THE FUTURE: Koss could end up being a nice buy-low grab for the Rockies if he can replicate his early success higher up the ladder. Low Class A Asheville is up next.
TRACK RECORD: For Restituyo, July 2, 2001 was doubly momentous. He celebrated his 16th birthday by signing a $200,000 contract to join the Rockies. Part of a class that also included Ezequiel Tovar and Eddy Diaz, Restituyo was lauded as an amateur for his quick-twitch athleticism and projectable body. SCOUTING REPORT: The Rockies sent Restituyo to the college-heavy Northwest League for part of the season despite being just 17 years old on Opening Day. In the NWL, Restituyo showed evaluators the quick hands to turn around high-velocity fastballs and the footspeed to play center field. He's rough around the edges in the outfield but has plus speed to make up for some of the mistakes he makes running routes and chasing down balls in the gaps. He'll need to iron out his strike-zone discipline and learn to take a few more pitches to get to ones he can drive, but there's plenty of upside in a high-energy package. THE FUTURE: Restituyo's future could be at second base or on the infield, but he has the profile of a player who could be pesky at the top or bottom of a lineup.
TRACK RECORD: Signed as a non-drafted free agent out of NAIA Missouri Baptist in 2014 after his junior season for $10,000, Fuentes had a familiarity with the Rockies' organization thanks to his cousin Nolan Arenado. His continued success led to his big league debut on April 6. SCOUTING REPORT: Fuentes features a strong inside-out swing, stays on the ball well, makes consistent contact and uses all fields. Fuentes tried to lift the ball for more power in 2019, which resulted in a careerhigh 17 home runs but career worsts in batting average and on-base percentage. His average exit velocity also dropped by 3.5 mph. Fuentes recorded a paltry .335 slugging percentage away from hitter-happy Albuquerque. Fuentes has the hands and reactions to play both third and first base adequately. THE FUTURE: In 2020, Fuentes will be at a career crossroads. He'll need another strong season to prove himself as potential everyday player. If that doesn't happen, he could wind up as an up-and-down candidate.
TRACK RECORD: After minimal work as a freshman at Connecticut, Poulin's workload increased over his final two years. He moved into the closer's role in 2018 and racked up 16 saves and 10.9 strikeouts per mine innings. He followed a strong pro debut with an even stronger turn in 2019, emerging as the closer yet again midway through the season at low Class A Asheville. SCOUTING REPORT: Poulin works from a lower slot with command and no fear. His fastball sits between 88-91 mph and touches 93 with hard sink at the bottom of the zone. Poulin has a quick arm and aggressive approach in the strike zone and creates sneaky front-side deception. Poulin eliminated the spike on his curveball in the in 2018 offseason and started throwing a true slider. THE FUTURE: Poulin has the tools to be a late-inning reliever. He'll jump to high Class A Lancaster in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: A 35th-round pick by the Mariners out of high school, Ethridge instead chose to attend Mississippi. He worked mostly in relief in his first two seasons with the Rebels before moving to the rotation as a junior. Ethridge quickly became the Rebels' Friday night starter and showed enough for the Rockies to draft him with their sixth-round pick and sign him for $327,500. SCOUTING REPORT: Ethridge throws three average or better pitches for strikes while mostly pitching to contact. His fastball sits 90-93, topping out at 96 mph which sets up an above-average changeup he can throw to either side of the plate, serving as his chase pitch. He refined his hard slider in college to the point that it's now an average pitch. Ethridge threw the slider more in Boise, where it generated the highest swing-and-miss percentage of his mix. Ethridge's key is being comfortable throwing strikes and generating soft contact with all three pitches at the bottom of the zone. THE FUTURE: Ethridge will get the chance to show he can remain a starter, and low Class A Asheville looks like a likely starting point in 2020. He has one of the higher floors in the Rockies' system.
TRACK RECORD: The fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, Pint has battled injuries and major control problems and has yet to advance past low Class A Asheville. Pint's control issues first surfaced at low Class A Asheville, where he uncorked 26 wild pitches and walked 59 hitters in 93 innings. Pint has thrown just 26 innings over the past two seasons, including a 2019 season in which he walked 31 batters in 17.2 innings, was demoted to the bullpen and didn't pitch after June 14 due to shoulder tendinitis. SCOUTING REPORT: Pint still has a 97-100 mph fastball with dominant potential, a hard slurvy curveball and a true slider, but he has zero command of either. The move to the bullpen also allowed Pint him to focus solely on commanding his fastball before reintroducing offspeed pitches. Pint's stretch-only delivery appears sound through the start but also plenty of effort through his landing, finish and extension. That includes a head whack, which has contributed to the loss of a consistent release point. THE FUTURE: Pint will try again to show he can take a step forward in 2020 and reestablish himself as someone who can at least provide bullpen value.
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