Rockies Top-20 Prospects 10-6

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

10. Kyle Parker, OF, 22

  • Height: 6'0
  • Weight: 200
  • Throws: RIght
  • Bats: Right

Although Asheville has been an offensive heaven for most players that come through, it wasn't exactly that for Parker. He struck out at an alarming rate (113 SO in 117 G) and didn't mash the way many expected this bat-first college player. He is a former Quarterback, but unlike Russell Wilson he's going to make it out of A-ball. I still think the power is real, but questions about his overall hit tool are now valid for this former first round pick. Also, despite being a former footballer, his speed and arm strength are merely average. 

ETA: 2014

9. Josh Rutledge, SS, 22

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

Rutledge isn't the typical type of athlete you usually find playing Shortstop in the minors. He has good hands, an accurate arm, and his average speed plays up due to outstanding instincts. Also, he can really hit, which makes him the opposite of most Shortstops in the minors who have the speed and athleticism but not the hands, instincts, arm, and bat. He's unlikely to stay at the position, of course, with Troy Tulowitzki at the big league level. He'll start 2012 at Double-A after crushing High-A last season (.348/.414/.517 in 113 games) and could take over for Marco Scutaro at the keystone next year. 

ETA: 2013

8. Rosell Herrera, SS, 19

  • Height: 6'3
  • Weight: 180
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Both

Herrera is listed as a Shortstop here, but his real position is hitter. He has the ability to be a difference maker with the stick and it's so apparent that the defense doesn't even matter at this point. Nobody thinks the big man has any chance of staying at Shortstop, let alone remaining in the infield. He'll slide over to third base in 2012 and obviously he'd have more positional value there than in a corner outfield spot, but we'll see how that plays out. For now, celebrate the bat that hit .284/.361/.449 at rookie ball and got him on this list. 

ETA: 2015

7. Tyler Anderson, LHP, 22

  • Height: 6'4
  • Weight: 215
  • Throws: Left
  • Bats: Left

Anderson lacks the upside, ceiling, and stuff of a typical first round draft pick, but he makes up for it with polish, intelligence, and finesse. His fastball velocity is average with good movement. His slider and curveball are also average and there's a tendency to overthrow the curveball. His changeup is a legitimate plus pitch. He's advanced for a pitcher his age, which makes him a safe pick. He'll start the season in High-A and he figures to move through the system quickly. 

ETA: Late 2013

6. Trevor Story, SS, 19

  • Height:6'1
  • Weight: 175
  • Throws: Right
  • Bats: Right

Story was one of the best players in the Pioneer League last year as he made his pro debut and displayed a solid set of diverse skills. Story isn't a super-athlete, but he's more of a prototypical Shortstop than, say, Josh Rutledge. Story has speed and power to go with a line drive swing that goes to all fields and tremendous fundamentals defensively. He's a very solid all around player at this stage. He'll have his first full professional season this year in Low-A Asheville. 

ETA: 2015

The top five Rockies prospects will be out later this week. 


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