Colorado Rockies Farm System Report 2015

Colorado Rockies Farm System

Rank #8 heading into the 2015 season
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Colorado Rockies Farm System

The Colorado Rockies have very quietly developed an impressive farm system. Their system has quality pitching prospects, a solid bats. It’s fair to say that their system, aside from Jon Gray, it not loaded with scary good talent but more solid big leaguers. Righty Jon Gray was viewed as the top pitching prospect before the 2013 draft. With electric stuff, Gray hangs his hat on his 95+ fastball. The Rockies top prospect has the stuff be a #1 or #2 regardless of pitching his home games at Coors Field. Eddie Butler made his big league debut last year so he is on the short list for their prospect list as he will eventually come off as the season begins. Butler posted an eye-popping 1.80ERA over three levels in 2013 grabbing the attention of many Rockies faithful. With a 95+ fastball and a “wipe-out” slider. It’s just a matter of time before he is a front-line starter in Colorado.

Outfielder David Dahl was drafted out of Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham Alabama. Dahl clobbered the Pioneer immediately after signing in 2012 posting a .379 average with 9HR and 22 doubles in just 67 games. His 2013 campaign was marred by injuries and he regain his 2012 form while splitting time between Low-A Asheville and High-A Modesto. We do have to point out that both Modesto and Asheville are ballparks that tend to inflate offensive numbers. We like that he has a rare combination of speed and power. His 41 doubles last year will start to turn into homers as his body fills out.

Rosell Herrera is a guy that is just a few adjustments away from flying up the prospect charts. Similar to Dahl, Herrera offers great speed and pop. He needs work defensively but the tools are there it’s just a matter of time to polish them. Raimel Tapia might end up as their best non-pitching prospect during the 2015 campaign. Tapia offers a smooth stroke from the left side that generates solid contact. He is a high average guy that can steal bases with the best of them. He needs refining his patience at the plate but overall he is a prospect worth keeping your eyes on. Kyle Freeland was the Rockies first round draft pick in 2014 and posted eye-popping numbers in his first season. 1.15ERA with 33K 6BB and 30 hits in 39.0 innings pitched. Freeland’s grew up in Denver so being drafted by his hometown team motivates him. His fastball sits around 90-92 and will touch 95 from time to time. He has impressive command and great deception on his fastball which at this point can get a bunch of advanced hitters out. Overall a very solid, not scary good system.