Rockies Top-20 Prospects 15-11

The Rockies prospect countdown continues. Here's prospects 15-11 on the list with additional write ups by me that you won't find in the Fox MLB Fantasy magazine.

15. Corey Dickerson, OF, 22

  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 210
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Left

Friend of Rockies Digest and Baseball Prospectus writer Kevin Goldstein tabbed Dickerson as his Rockies "sleeper" prior to the 2011 season. Dickerson didn't disappoint as he hit 32 homers in 106 games. Still, he benefitted from a mammoth home field advantage in Asheville and had a batting line of just .193/.280/.363 on the road giving him some of baseball's largest splits. That's not so great. He played for Mississippi's Meridian Community College, where Cliff Lee also once played. The power appears to be real, this year we'll see how real as he figures to start in Modesto. 

14. Will Swanner, C, 20

  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 185
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Right

Drafted in the 15th round by the Rockies in 2010, Swanner hasn't played above rookie ball yet. In his minor league career, he's played 61 games (39 at catcher) and put up a .277/.346/.579 batting line. He's young, hasn't played that much, and needs to work on his defense behind the plate. Still, the power is there. It's plus and it's very real. There's a lot of development in front of him, but the potential for a very good player is definitely there. 

13. Rafael Ortega, CF, 20

  • Height: 5'11
  • Weight: 160
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Left

Ortega is an athletic outfielder from Venezuela who did alright in his first full professional season with Asheville in 2011. He hit .294 with 9 home runs in the offensive hotbed. He is the type of player who does most things at an average level but doesn't do anything at an outstanding level. This well-rounded set of skills could give him the foundation he needs to be a solid player at the next level or he could end up just a speedy 4th outfielder if his offense doesn't come around. We're a long way away from having an answer here, but we should have a better idea after seeing how he does at Double-A. 

12. Christian Adames, SS, 20

  • Height: 6'0
  • Weight: 160
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Both

He didn't get the bat knocked out of his hands in his first full season at the professional level, which is good because some feared that possibility. He hit .273/.350/.386 setting a career high in slugging percentage thanks to eight homers and 17 doubles. 42 walks and only 72 strikeouts is somewhat encouraging, but one wonders what kind of production we might expect from him at higher levels. There is potential for well above average defense at a premium defensive position, but questions about Adames' hit tool will follow him until he proves he can hit at the higher levels. 

11. Kent Matthes, OF, 25

  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 215
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Right

After a solid pro debut and losing 2010 to a knee injury, Matthes stepped up and won California League MVP honors last season. Matthes had video game numbers, hitting .334/.378/.642 in 400 plate appearances. He's a solid corner outfielder with a great arm, so that means right field. Even at 25, he hasn't seen a pitch at Double-A yet, and figures to start there. Where he goes from there will depend on how he adjusts with the bat. He's known as a very aggressive hitter, who can hit home runs on pitches that aren't even strikes. If he can gain some patience (career high 22 walks last year) and gather an approach to go with his pure hitting ability and raw power, then we might have a player here.  


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