Rockies Mid-Season Evaluations (Top 11-20)

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 11-20.

11. Juan Morillo, Relief Pitcher
Morillo has been unbelievable coming out of the bullpen for the Tulsa Drillers in 2007, appearing 43 games for the team. Overall, he has great statistics, posting a 2.92 earned run average, while striking out 55 in 53.2 innings of work. A dominant pitcher with great pitches, Morillo is one of the top relief pitchers in the Rockies organization.
Stock: Rising

12. Joseph Koshansky, First Baseman
Koshansky has not slowed down in the Pacific Coast League, and currently leads the league with 90 runs batted in. The big power hitting threat has smacked 18 home runs this season, and has a nice .304 batting average. He is the top power hitting prospect in the Rockies organization, and should put plenty of home runs into the seats in Coors Field before his career is said and done.
Stock: Rising

13. Jonathan Herrera, Infielder
It has not been a breakout year for Herrera, who is one of the top middle infield prospects in the Rockies organization. Still only 22-years old, Herrera has had a decent season for the Tulsa Drillers, but his numbers are not eye-popping. He is batting .265 on the season, and has swiped 16 bases. He has displayed a better batting eye, striking out only 52 times this season, but he needs to get on base more.
Stock: Steady

14. Manny Corpas, Relief Pitcher
Boy has this kid been great for the Rockies this season. After being a Texas League All-Star in 2006, Corpas has been called often from the Rockies bullpen, and has not let the team down. The 24-year old has appeared in 55 games for the Rockies this season, and has a very tiny 2.92 earned run average. In 53.1 innings of work, Corpas has struck out 44 batters, and has nailed down eight saves.
Stock: Rising

15. Samuel Deduno, Starting Pitcher
A rough season for Deduno in 2007, as the young starter began the season with the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League. After appearing in 17 games for the Drillers, Deduno was demoted to the Modesto Nuts, and continues to struggle. Overall, he has made 19 starts this season, and has a terrible 5.20 earned run average to show for it. He has struck out over 100 batters this season, and has shown the ability to go late into games, even when he is struggling.
Stock: Falling

16. Seth Smith, Outfielder
Though he has struggled as of late, Seth Smith has been one of the better hitters in the Rockies organization this season. An absolute beast at the plate, Smith is amongst the Pacific Coast League leaders in batting average, having batted .325 this season. He also has put 13 balls out of the yard, and is among the organizational leaders with 71 runs batted in. The 24-year old outfielder should be in Colorado when the Rockies expand their roster in September.
Stock: Rising

17. Hector Gomez, Infielder
Gomez has had another fine season for the Rockies organization, and continues to move up the prospect charts. After being a Pioneer League All-Star in 2006, Gomez made the South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star Team this year, and has been solid for the Asheville Tourists all season long. In 102 games, Gomez is batting .283, and has swiped 17 bases. If he can work on cutting down on the strikeouts, he has struck out 97 times this season, there should be a huge rise in his batting average.
Stock: Rising

18. Chris Nelson, Infielder
Talk about a guy turning his season around. Nelson was recently named July Player of the Month, after driving in an absurd 41 runs in July. During July, he has 21 extra-bases, and now has 79 runs batted in on the campaign. He is one of the top position player prospects in the Rockies organization, and has shown no let down from being a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2006.
Stock: Rising

19. Brandon Hynick, Starting Pitcher
This kid has been unbelievable in 2007, ranking as arguably the best starting pitcher in the Rockies farm system this year. The young right-hander has made 23 starts for the Modesto Nuts, winning an incredible 13 games. He also has three complete games, one shutout, and has has held the opposition to a .241 batting average. He already has over 100 strikeouts, and has proven to have a rubber arm, tossing 152.1 frames this season.
Stock: Blazing

20. Corey Wimberly, Infielder
Wimberly had a breakout season with the Modesto Nuts in 2006, batting well over .300 while swiping 50 bases. Those numbers are down a bit this season, but he has still shown the ability to be dangerous on the basepaths. The young infielder already has 27 stolen bases this season, but needs to continue to work counts, and get on base more. If he can work on his batting eye, he will develop into a legitimate Major League prospect.
Stock: Steady


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