Rockies Mid-Season Evaluations (Top 21-30)

As the mid-season has come to a close, takes a look at the top-50 prospects in the Rockies organization. This is a mid-season evaluation of the players who we believe are the top players in the organization, and will serve to help us as we make our pre-season Top-50 rankings this fall. Here are prospects 21-30.

21. Ching Lung Lo, Starting Pitcher
It has been a pretty rough season for Lo, who came into the year as one of the premier starting pitching prospects in the Rockies farm system. This year, Lo has been a consistent in the Tulsa Drillers starting rotation, though the numbers tell of a guy who has struggled all season long. He did pitch to a 4.09 earned run average in the month of June, but that has been his best month by far. Overall, Lo has made 21 starts, posting an earned run average of 5.67, and currently has a 6-7 record. His main problem has been not being able to fool batters, as they have hit .316 against him this year.
Stock: Falling

22. Shane Lindsay, Starting Pitcher
Once considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Rockies organization, Lindsay was on the fast track to the Major Leagues before he began to have arm problems. This past October, Lindsay underwent surgery to repair a frayed right labrum, and has not pitched in 2007. He was slated to make his Major League debut in 2008 or 2009, but now his progress has been derailed. Hopefully, he can come back at 100 percent next season.
Stock: Falling

23. Matt Miller, Outfielder
Miller got off to a hot start for the Tulsa Drillers in 2007, but since the end of the month of May, Miller has been in a torrid slump. When the month of May ended, Miller was batting .298 for the Drillers, but has since seen a major dip in his batting average. After batting below the Mendoza Line in June, Miller has not been able to turn his season around, and now his batting average sits at .249. In 99 games, Miller has belted only nine home runs, and has driven in only 40 runs.
Stock: Falling

24. Eric Young Jr., Second Baseman
If there is one player in the Rockies farm system who is an absolute burner, it is Eric Young Jr. The young middle infielder has been incredible on the basepaths this season for Modesto, and has shaken off a slow first part of the season to become one of the more potent threats in the Nuts lineup in 2007. This past month, Young was in the running for Player of the Month, after batting .358 in 29 games. In that time, Young stole 21 bags, scored 41 times, and had 13 doubles. In total, Young leads the Rockies organization in stolen bases, as he has swiped an incredible 60 bags this season.
Stock: Rising

25. Darren Clarke, Relief Pitcher
It has been a season of ups-and-downs for Clarke, whom the Rockies liked as a possible answer to their bullpen woes. He began the season with the Tulsa Drillers, but was promoted to the Rockies for bullpen help. He pitched well, but has since been demoted back to Tulsa, and then put on the Disabled List. He is a very big guy, standing six foot-eight inches in height, and could be force due to his fastball and slider.
Stock: Steady

26. Alvin Colina, Catcher
Colina is a guy who the Rockies think can be their back-up catcher at the Major League level someday, but the 2007 season has not been a season that would warrant that assessment. The young backstop has batted just nearly over the Mendoza Line in 2007, and has really struggled against left-handed pitching. Against southpaws, Colina is batting only .160, and he will need to figure out left-handed pitching if he is ever going to get out of the Pacific Coast League. One spot where he has been consistent is with the bases loaded, as Colina is batting .571 in that spot.
Stock: Falling

27. Pedro Strop, Relief Pitcher
Strop has been a beast out of the Modesto Nuts bullpen this season, as he has proved to be an innings eater for the Rockies High-A affiliate. Strop has appeared in 46 games for the Nuts, and has won five games, while saving seven. He only has two losses this season, and is holding the opposition to a .186 batting average this year. In 53 innings of work, Strop has struck out 73 batters, way over a batter per inning, and he has really dominated since becoming the team's closer in July.
Stock: Rising

28. Brandon Miller, Relief Pitcher
The season for Brandon Miller has been short one, but it has also been a trying one. He began the season with Tri-City of the Northwest League, but was quickly demoted after a very shaky stint with the Dust Devils. In nine appearances with the team, Miller posted an earned run average over 7.00, and was very inconsistent out of the bullpen. Since then, he has been demoted to Casper of the Pioneer League, and has been better in his two appearances. In two games, Miller has moved to the starting rotation, and has a 1.80 earned run average.
Stock: Steady

29. David Christensen, Outfielder
Not a very good season for Christensen, who has struggled with stick all season long for the Casper Rockies. The second overall pick in the second round for the Rockies in the 2006 draft, Christensen has not been able to be steady from the plate yet. However, Christensen is very young, and continues to be one of the top outfield prospects in the Rockies farm system. The Rockies are going to take it slow with Christensen, but would like to see a rise in his batting average before he gets his shot at full-season ball.
Stock: Steady

30. Andrew Johnston, Relief Pitcher
Johnston began the season on a very hot streak. He was, at one time, one the better relief pitchers in the Rockies organization. However, as the weather has gotten hotter, Johnston has gotten colder, and his numbers are indicative of that. In April and May, Johnston posted a 2.38 and 1.93 earned run average respectively, but has since fallen on harder times. He posted a 9.00 earned run average in June, a 8.44 earned run average in July, and was absolutely rocked in his only August appearance.
Stock: Falling.


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