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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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