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Rockies Prospects To Watch For In the 2021 Season

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We have already seen multiple young Rockies’ players and prospects step it up in Colorado. Sam Hilliard, Brendon Rodgers, and even Ryan Castellani all stepped up this year. Who are the other young players that might make a big impact for the 2021 Colorado Rockies?

Rockies’ Prospects to Watch

Rockies’ RHP Peter Lambert

There is pitcher Peter Lambert who went through Tommy John surgery last year. With Jeff Hoffman getting traded to the Reds, this leaves the fifth rotation spot open for Lambert again. In 2019 Lambert went 3-7 with a 7.25 ERA. He also had a 1.735 WHIP. I can see Lambert competing for that fifth spot or even help a little in the struggling bullpen. Look for him to try to be some impact for Colorado in 2021.

LHP Ryan Rolison

LHP Ryan Rolison will be a key arm for the Rocks when he gets to the majors. In 2019 he went 8-8 with a 4.40 ERA; he also had an impressive WHIP at 1.35. At MLB.com they scouted Rolison on a 20-80 scale with a 55 Fastball, 60 on his curveball, 55 for a changeup, and an overall score of 50.

Over the last couple of years, Colorado’s starting rotation has been terrible. It will be nice to see Rolison come up through the farm system and give them depth and a reliable arm.

OF/SS/3B Ryan Vilade

The 2017 2nd Round draft pick is slowing making his way to the majors. In 2019 at A+ Vilade had a BA of .303, a .367 OBP, 12 HRs, and 24 stolen bases. The best thing that Ryan Vilade gives the Rockies, is that he can play third base, short, or the outfield. With Garrett Hampson and Vilade both in the majors that can give the Rockies a lot of options to place everyone.

Vilade could also play a factor on what happens to Nolan. In a couple of years, the Rockies could place him at third, with Josh Fuentes at first and Ryan McMahon at second. Having another speedster that can hit the ball and steal bases would be a great addition for the Rockies. The other player that fits that description is Trevor Story and he is doing well.

LHP Ben Bowden

Last but not least for the Rockies is the 2nd rounder from 2016. Another southpaw that would be good in the Rockies’ bullpen. With a 3.48 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 2019, Bowden did well in AA and AAA. Just like Rolison, Bowden’s arm will be huge to have for the Rockies. In addition, it will be nice to have homegrown talent.

The Rockies need to fix their pitching, and if they don’t do it during free agency, then they need to do it with their farm system, and guys like Bowden, Rolison, and Lambert would be a good start.

Future in Colorado

There will be more players that will need to step up this year, especially if it is a full year again, as opposed to the shortened 2020 season. The Rockies are close to having a rebuilding year, especially depending on what happens with Nolan Arenado. It will be nice to see some young prospects get an opportunity to show what they have, and give an idea of what the future of the Rockies is going to look like.

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