Rockies Top-20 Prospects 20-16

As we all know, the Fox Sports and Scout.com network magazine is coming out very soon and that's where you can find my Rockies prospect list. Well, now you can also find it here with additional write ups on each player by yours truly. But, you need to subscribe to read, so do it. Here's Rockies prospects 20-16.

20. Edwar Cabrera, LHP, 24

  • Height: 6'0  
  • Weight: 160
  • Throws: Left
  • Bats: Left

Surely if Edwar Cabrera had put up the numbers he did last season throwing 95-mph heat, he'd rank a lot higher on this list. Unfortunately for him, his best pitch is a changeup. Still, that doesn't take any of the 217 strikeouts he led minor league baseball with last season away from him. The changeup was outstanding and his feel for pitching is on display every time he takes the hill. Would like to see him at higher levels.  

19. Joe Gardner, RHP, 23

  • Height: 6'4
  • Weight: 220
  • Throws: RIght
  • Bats: Right

Acquired in the Ubaldo Jimenez/Drew Pomeranz deal from the Indians, Gardner is a sinkerball pitcher in a similar mold to Alex White. Gardner was drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft by Cleveland. After throwing 97 innings of 4.99 ERA and 1.59 WHIP with Akron, he was traded and seemed to settle down. He pitched much better with Tulsa as he was able to cut his walk rate to 2.0 BB/9 from 4.6. This lowered his WHIP to 1.07 and he posted a 2.48 ERA in 36 innings. He's never going to be one to miss many bats, but he'll be fine if he can throw strikes and keep the ball on the ground. 

18. D. J. LeMahieu, INF, 23

  • Height: 6'4
  • Weight: 205
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: RIght

LeMahieu was acquired from the Cubs in the Ian Stewart-Tyler Colvin deal. In three years of minor league service, LeMahieu has posted a batting line of .317/.353/.399. In over 1200 trips to the plate, he's been retired on strikes a whopping 135 times. If you can count on him for one thing, it's that he'll put the ball in play. This is a legitimate skill and it's worked well for him so far in his career. However, he merely projects as a utility player at the next level because the power is nonexistent. He will provide some positional flexibility as he can move around the infield. 

17. Jordan Pacheco, INF, 26

  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 190
  • Throws: RIght
  • Bats: Right

Drafted in the 9th round of the 2007 Draft by the Rockies, Pacheco made his MLB debut with the club in September 2011. In 88 plate appearances, he hit two home runs and had a batting line of .286/.318/.369. His value is his versatility as he showed in September playing every infield position for the Rockies beside Shortstop. He figures to make the big league club this year as a utility man who can also play catcher. 

16. Tyler Matzek, LHP, 21

  • Height: 6'3
  • Weight: 210
  • Throws: Left
  • Bats: Left

After a catastrophic start to his 2011 season in Modesto, Matzek left the team in search of his high school mechanics. He returned with much better stuff, but still has trouble finding the plate. He showed that his draft day ceiling is still there, but his control problems are alarming. This is a player who averaged 7.0 BB/9 and threw 14 wild pitches during the "good" part of his season. Matzek still might have the most upside of any prospect in the Rockies system, but at this point it's a sure thing that he carries the most risk.  


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