Colorado Rockies prospects have been subpar the last couple of years. They lost two prospects in a trade for a reliever. They also lost Vince Fernandez from the Rule 5 draft. They have picked up some early talent in the early rounds of the draft. It is also tough to see how well some of the prospects did since they took a year off as well.
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #10 Ben Bowden, LHP
Ben Bowden is a 26-year-old pitcher drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft out of Vanderbilt. Bowden was doing well and was climbing up the minor league fast until he had an injury in 2017. Since then Bowden has bounced back nicely, even posting some good numbers for Hartford and Albuquerque in 2019. For the two teams, he posted a 1.18 WHIP and a 3.48 ERA with 70 strikeouts all in 51.2 innings pitched.
Bowden might get an invite and play a little during Spring Training in Arizona this year, it will be nice to see if he can continue this success and help out the Rockies bad bullpen.
Ben Bowden Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)-2019
Fastball-60 Slider-50 Changeup-55 Control– 50 Overall-45
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #9 Brenton Doyle, OF
Brenton Doyle had his first year with Colorado in 2019 with Grand Junction. Doyle is a 22-year-old centerfielder that was drafted in the fourth round in the 2019 draft from Shepherd University. For his first year at Grand Junction, he hit for .383 BA, .477 OBP, and 1.088 OPS. He also had eight home runs, 17 stolen bases, and 33 RBIs.
Doyle has exploded in the Rookie League in his first year. It would have been nice to see how he improved in his second year after his impressive first year. It will be interesting to see if he starts the year off hot or if the year off cooled him down.
Brenton Doyle Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-50 Run-60 Field-50 Power-55 Arm-50 Overall-45
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #8 Aaron Schunk, 3B
Aaron Schunk was a 2019 second-round draft pick out of Georgia. At Boise, Schunk had a .306 BA, .370 OBP, six home runs, and four stolen bases. Schunk put up some good numbers in A and might be looking to move up. Schunk is also a good defensive player. It helped that he pitched a little at Georgia and his fastball got up to 95 mph. If he continues to bring up his offensive stats and raise his power-up, he could be an all-star.
Aaron Schunk Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-50 Run-45 Field-55 Power-50 Arm-60 Overall-45
Drew Romo is a 19-year-old from Woodlands High School in Texas who was also drafted in the first round with Zac Veen. Romo was drafted 35th overall and was a middle infielder that switched to catcher. Romo did so well at catcher that he started for the Team USA 18U squad. Drew Romo has a lot to learn at his new position but this could be a catcher that has a good defense and a pretty good bat which we haven’t seen in Denver for a while.
Drew Romo Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-50 Run-40 Field-60 Power-45 Arm-60 Overall-50
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #6 Grant Lavigne, 1B
Grant Lavigne played for the Asheville Tourists in 2019. For the Tourists, Lavigne hit .236, with seven home runs, eight stolen bases, and .347 OBP. Lavigne showed that he isn’t scared to run when he is on the bases. In 2018 when he was on Grand Junction he stole 12 bases.
It is nice to see that he has power and also quickness. He could play first base in the majors or even do what Garett Hampson does and play a little outfield as well since he has the speed. It will be nice to see more of what he has to offer but a player that can play multiple spots is always nice to have on your roster.
Grant Lavigne Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-50 Run-30 Field-50 Power-50 Arm-40 Overall-45
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #5 Ryan Vilade, 3B/OF
Ryan Vilade was drafted by the Rockies back in 2017 in the second round. In his most recent season, Vilade played for the Lancaster Jethawks. For Lancaster Vilade hit for .303, had a .367 OBP, 12 home runs, and 24 stolen bases. Vilade is another infielder that can just as easily play outfield.
It is nice to see another player on this list who has Trevor Story ability who can hit the ball well and also be a factor with his legs. I can see Vilade moving up to Double-A soon and hopefully to Triple-A. This is a player that we have to keep an eye on because he is making some real noise in the minors.
Ryan Vilade Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-50 Run-45 Field-50 Power-55 Arm-60 Overall-50
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #4 Colton Welker
Colton Welker is another huge prospect for the Rockies if they can keep him healthy. He only played in 98 games in 2019 with the AA Hartford Goats. In those 98 games, he had a .252 BA, .313 OBP, 23 doubles, 10 home runs, and 32 walks. This is the first time since he got drafted in 2016 that Welker has hit under .300. Welker does a good job drawing out good at-bats and when he does make contact he hits the ball hard. If we get to see a healthy Welker in 2021 he may move up this list and get closer to the MLB.
Colton Welker Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-50 Run-35 Field-55 Power-50 Arm-60 Overall-45
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #3 Michael Toglia, 1B
Michael Toglia was another first round pick from UCLA in 2019. Played his first professional season with the Boise Hawks in 2019. Toglia showed a lot of promise by having a .248 BA, nine home runs, .369 OBP, and 28 walks. Toglia did well for his first year but like a lot of other minor league players, it is hard to evaluate when they had a year off. It will be interesting to see how that affected him and if he can try to jump up a couple of levels in 2021.
Michael Toglia Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-45 Run-45 Field-60 Power-55 Arm-65 Overall-50
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #2 Ryan Rolison, LHP
Ryan Rolison was a first-round pick in 2018 out of the University of Mississippi. Rolison pitched 131 innings for Asheville and Lancaster in 2019. In 2019 he had a 4.87 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 118 strikeouts.
Rolison is looking like a promising pitcher for the Rockies and since they are struggling to find strong pitchers for their bullpen this is promising news. The one thing that Rolison has to work on before moving up to the majors is how many home runs he gave up. In 25 games he gave up 22 long balls. In Colorado, the ball will fly off the bat so he needs to try to get more weak fly balls or get more groundouts. If Rolison keeps pitching the way he did in 2019 he can find himself in MLB in a year or sooner.
Colorado Rockies Prospects: #1 Zac Veen, OF
Zac Veen was selected in the #9 overall in the 2020 MLB draft. The 19-year-old out of Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida turned a lot of heads going into the draft. He was said to be the best high school player in the Draft that year and has huge potential. The 6-foot-4-inch 190 pound outfielder was committed to playing college baseball at the University of Florida, but instead signed a five-million-dollar deal with the Rockies. Veen has a lot of growing to do, but overall he is the most hyped prospect and has the most upside, even though it might be a couple of years since we will see him in purple.
Zac Veen Scouting Report (20-80 grading scale)
Hit-60 Run-50 Field-55 Power-55 Arm-55 Overall-55
Future for Colorado
Things can change if the Rockies decide to trade away Trevor Story and/or Nolan Arenado. For now, the future looks bright for three to four years down the road but the Rockies need to try to build up their farm system. They may need to trade some stars away or try to find some diamonds in the rough in future drafts.
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