We’ve survived the scorching Arizona desert. Now we trek up into the Rocky Mountains to seek out the infamous…er…Rockies. Grab a cold Coors Light and make sure your mountains are blue. Honestly, does anybody let a beer sit around long enough for it to get warm? If so, why do you do that? Drink the damn thing. Speaking of blue, the Rockies are a great team to invest in if you like getting a case of blue balls from your prospects. They’re so sexy and ya just know they’re going to hit in that park. This is gonna be your year! Wait…they’re all still in Triple-A. Aaargh!

Grade A

1. Brendan Rodgers, SS | Age: 22 | ETA: 2019
Rodgers could be in a tier of his own here since he’s likely a top 20ish prospect on most fantasy lists (he ranked 12th on mine). He reached Triple-A in 2018 but spent most of the year in Double-A. That could mean that we don’t see him in the majors until late summer. Grey went into detail about Rodgers’s 2019 fantasy value earlier this offseason. Regardless, he’s a plus hit/power combo that should make solid contributions just about everywhere but steals.

2. Garrett Hampson, 2B | Age: 24 | ETA: 2019
Another spec that went under the Grey spotlight this offseason is Hampson. He’s a lot closer to actually making the Opening Day roster than Rodgers, but still has the likes of McMahon, Valaika, etc. to duke it out with this spring. Hampson is a different cat than Rodgers – double-plus speed, less power. He can hit though (.308 with a 10 BB% and 16 K% between AA and AAA in 2018) and would make a nice table setter at the top of a lineup. I wouldn’t go crazy and reach for him in early drafts, but I’d definitely be paying attention to any news out of Rockies camp. It reminds me of Kingery last year, in that the playing time might not be totally clear until late in the offseason.

3. Tyler Nevin, 1B | Age: 21 | ETA: 2020
At 21, Nevin spent the entire 2018 season at High-A, where he hit .328 with 13 homers. He’s a former first-round pick out of high school, and it seems as though he’s starting to bloom. Next year should be a great litmus test as he’ll face better quality arms in Double and possibly Triple-A, but I’m confident he’ll keep it going. He’s patient enough (8% walk rate) and there’s enough raw power to hit 20+ homers.

4. Colton Welker, 3B | Age: 21 | ETA: 2020
Welker is really similar to Nevin – same level, same scouting grades, even basically the same stats. I guess the only tangible difference here is that while Nevin has already moved across the diamond, Welker is more likely to stay put as a third baseman. Take your pick of the two.


Grade B

5. Grant Lavigne, 1B | Age: 19 | ETA: 2022
Lavigne went 42nd overall in the 2018 draft. He’s a plus-power hitting first baseman from the left side and he should contribute in both power and average if/when he makes it to the majors. In first-year player drafts, I’d snag him in the late-second/early-third round. His pro debut went about as well as you could ask for – hitting .350 with six homers in 258 rookie league plate appearances.

6. Ryan Vilade, SS | Age: 19 | ETA: 2021
Vilade can hit for both power and average, and he’s shown patience so far in his career. In 2018 he spent the entire campaign at Single-A, where he hit .274 with five homers and 17 steals and a 9% walk rate. His speed grades don’t support him as a prolific base-stealer, so I’d expect the homers to rise and the steals to fall as we progress from here. I’m, certainly no fortune-teller, but Vilade seems like a future super utility to me.

7. Riley Pint, RHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2020
Pint went 4th overall a few years ago, but 2018 was a complete bust thanks to injuries. He should return to the mound with no issues this season, and the pure stuff is still there (including a heater that touches triple digits), but obviously some of the shine is off the…I don’t know…a thing that is supposed to be shiny. I’ve had a few too many Coors Lights at this point in the post. Pint’s your typical high-risk/high-reward play.

8. Ryan Rolison, LHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2021
The Rockies selected Rolison 22nd overall in the 2018 draft. He’s a good bet to remain a starter and the nice thing about college arms is you don’t have to wait around as long for them to reach the majors. He threw about 30 innings in his pro debut – fanning 34 and walking just eight. He’s safer than Pint, but doesn’t have the flashy stuff. His best offering is a plus curve.

9. Peter Lambert, RHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2019
Lambert split 148 innings of work between Double and Triple-A in 2018. He’s not a strikeout machine, but he has good control and his fastball, curve, and slider are all above-average. Low-ceiling…high floor, with a chance to throw some innings for the Rockies this summer.


Grade C

10. Sam Hilliard, OF | Age: 24 | ETA: 2019
A right fielder with decent power and a plus arm, Hilliard also has some major blemishes. He struck out at a 30% clip in Double-A as a 24-year-old and only hit six homers in 484 plate appearances. I guess he could get a cup of coffee or two in the next few years and run into some at Coors Field, but I don’t see any reason to sweat him.


2019 Index

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Geno
Geno
3 years ago

Hey Mike,
Any chance of re-posting a Mariners’ page after all these trades? Or cut and paste your other reports so all the info is in one place? They’ve made a few moves since their prospect report was made.

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

16 team dynasty h2h 6×6 with OPS and QS (no holds). wondering what you think of this deal for yates. my roster is built to compete now.

My SPs are verlander, price, madbum, clevinger, quintana, wood, stripling, sonny, gausman, teheran, minor. My RPs are treinen, vazquez, leclerc, peacock, betances, seranthony, salazar

Prospects are:
C – melendez, CI – mountcastle, luis garcia (was), MI – Jazz, esteury ruiz, OF – kirillof, yusniel, basabe, UT – jhailyn, EMPTY P – brusdar, EMPTY, hearn, framber, enyel de los santos, baz, luis medina.

I have 3 2nd rd picks, plus the 14th pick in each successive round. The yates owner offered me him for luis garcia (was), 2.14 and 3.14. worth it for who would be my 4th closer?

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

I like what Lavigne has done in a small sample size. Seems to have a good approach and discipline with nice pop. What do you see as a potential flaw going foward? He’s also not from a baseball hotbed, but idk how much emphasis to put on that. Thanks Mike.

Mike
Reply to  Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

Right on…if there’s a nit to pick it’s on the defensive side. He’s pretty much limited to 1B which means his bat will have to carry him.

Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
3 years ago

20 team dynasty roto 7×7 with OPS/XBH/QS/holds added. rosters are 1 of each infield, 3 any OF, 1 util, 2 SP, 3 RP, 2 P and 7 BN. 5 DL and 2 NA (yahoo). 1250 max innings here (and i start 5 RP the max to get holds). we can keep 6-9 with no inflation costs. last year due to some teams having completely awful rosters we allowed 4-7 keepers and the league did in fact get much more competitive, now we’ve voted the keepers back to 6-9. also these are backloaded keepers (i usually hate doing backloaded but the bad teams were so bad we did that last year and will continue to for at least this year) so if you keep less players you REALLY get good players more than those who kept more as you’ll have rounds where the good teams don’t even draft yet. last year i kept only 4 (i WAS a good team 2 years ago too, have been top 7 every year in this league) to try to get vlad (and it worked), the other kept guys last year were c-sant, ray, kraken (sanchez C) and treat urner (had used a 1st round pick on him a few years back). normally i prefer keeping bats over pitchers, but here i have way better options at pitcher and a lot of bat types that could be replaced in draft.
options for keepers:
guaranteed keepers: treat urner, vlad
possibly good keepers: kraken, r.ray, mikolas, glasnow, j.luzardo (so i have room in NA slots in case both him and vlad start year in minors)
other lesser possible keepers: mallex, ryu
boring easily replaceable types: jed lowrie, cron, schebler, adam frazier, longo, choo, neris, parker, c-sant

how many/which youse keeping (i have the 14th pick in all rounds, the round i start drafting depending on how many kept)

Bterry
Bterry
3 years ago

What are the chances Murphy plays second base and the sign a veteran first baseman or cargo back and slot Desmond back over there? This is the Rockies we are talking about. I could see everyone staying healthy and McMahon, Hampson,and Rodgers getting 150ab’s combined.

JSchwab
JSchwab
Reply to  Bterry
3 years ago

@Bterry: Not going to happen. Cargo is like… Gone man.
I see McMahon at 2nd with Murph at 1st. Hampson will give McMahon a run for 2nd. I just don’t see Valaika as anything but utility man.

Racehorse
Racehorse
3 years ago

“… the Rockies are a great team to invest in if you like getting a case of blue balls from your prospects.

They’re so sexy and ya just know they’re going to hit in that park. This is gonna be your year! Wait…they’re all still in Triple-A. Aaargh!”

QFT

Goldirocks
Goldirocks
3 years ago

It would sure be nice to see both Hampson and Rodgers get regular at bats in Coors! Seems like there may be no room, unless Hampson can play proficiently in the OF and fill in on rest days at infield; while Rodgers becomes a top tier fantasy 2B (hopefully)? I have high hopes for Rodgers there, as look what Story did; and he didn’t do nearly as much as Rodgers in the minors preceding his huge major league breakout! Hopefully Rodgers can have the same success!?
Comments? thoughts?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Goldirocks
3 years ago

@Goldirocks: Rodgers has holes in his swing. Better temper those hopes. He’s down on all the major prospect rankings, albeit only by a small margin. But he’s dropped from top 8 to around 20-25 in many rankings.

Hampson will have an opportunity. That’s the best you can hope for. Just hope that he seizes it. Hampson is the better overall hitter, just less power, and he’s also by far the better defender. He’s got a shot to take 2B all to himself. If he does, Rodgers will slide over to 3B when Arrenado leaves for free agency after the season. If Hampson fails, the 2B job is all Rodgers.

Goldirocks
Goldirocks
Reply to  Harley Earl
3 years ago

@Harley Earl:
I haven’t heard anything about holes in his swing. If anything, he puts a bat on too many pitches – including pitcher’s pitches, when he should show a better approach and more patience to wait for the mistake pitch or the one in his wheelhouse…. Power and hitting ability is real. A discerning eye maybe not. Story has holes in his swing, but made his power work there… he is a great example that prospect rankings lists do not hold much water, as he wasn’t rated very highly…

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

Hey Mike,

MiLB draft coming up. 16 team with 17 minors roster spots. 6×6 with ops and QS. roster is
C – melendez, CI – mountcastle, luis garcia (was), MI – Jazz, esteury ruiz, OF – kirillof, pache, yusniel, UT – jhailyn, basabe, P – brusdar, santillan, hearn, framber, enyel de los santos, baz, luis medina. My team has made the finals 3 out of the last 4 years and won twice.

I’m going to throw back basabe, hearn, de los santos, medina. I may hold onto framber in case he ends up with a rotation spot but still considering that. Would you hold santillan, ruiz, and/or jhailyn?

I have the 1st pick of the 2nd (17th overall) plus will be picking 14th in each successive round.

thanks.

goodfold2
goodfold2
3 years ago

our draft is done, i’m finally catching up on general razzball info, owen sharts isn’t in fantrax database nor was he on ralph’s site’s top 164 guys 1st year list. who is he (maybe he refused to sign and that’s why he’s not present here). anyway, i got these in the 6 round draft (traded out of pick 4.20 to get a next year 3rd and 6.30 (last pick of draft). seemed like good value there). had the 20th in all rounds outside of that 30th in the 6th. it’s extremely rare for anybody that’s owned by a real life team (or even if not) to not be in fantrax database.
victor victor
k.smith (but not from NJ and mallrats apparently)
tirso O
chris rodriguez LAA SP
carlos hernandez KC SP (both of these pitchers ranked top 7-10 at a lot of sites for their teams and appear to have upside both while possibly sticking as SP)
wenceel perez

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
3 years ago

Mike!!!

Great Rockies SpecS report!

a. Sorry I’ve been absent. Family obligations, etc. etc. I teach my son college Calculus (he’s 14) for 2 hours a week. My ultimate goal is to sit him for a college test in calculus and to prove to him that he can pass at university level. Am trying to stimulate his mind as much as possible on good academia as opposed to good gamer stuff like fortnite and FIFA ’19. He’s good at playing those games and though it does require a certain talent to do well in those games we try to limit the gamer stuff to less than 10 hours a week (including weekends). It’s a challenge, trust me.

b. Love some of these prospects and Hampson is my favorite. Will look to see if he’s being blocked at the MLB level, but as you say, he’d be a great table setter for my fantasy team. What? You didn’t say that?

c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote for January 27

1. Researchers have developed a so-called red wine pill which gives all the benefits of red wine without the alcohol. Yeah, it’s called a grape!

2. GATT passed the Senate this week, 76 for GATT and 24 for No idea what the hell GATT is.

3. USAir is beginning a campaign to restore passenger confidence. I think just two words will do that…We’ve landed!

Cheers,
Ante

thatguy
thatguy
3 years ago

How do you justify Dalbac and Chavis as grade A prospects in the Red Sox post? Atrocious plate skills. Seem like lottery tickets at best, certainly not blue chips