Rockies Mid-Season Evaluations: (Top 1-10)

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 1-10.

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop
For those who thought Tulowitzki was a bust when he struggled to open the 2007 season, he has silenced all those critics over the last couple of months. The top shortstop prospect in all of baseball coming into the 2007 season, Tulowitzki has raised his batting average to a respectable .285 batting average this season, and should be up for National League Rookie of the Year honors. The slugger has hit 14 home runs this season, and has driven in 58. He has spent the entire season with the Rockies.
Stock: Tulowitzki has reached the pinnacle of his sport, as he is a good everyday player at the Major League level right now. He should be an All-Star shortstop someday very soon.

2. Jason Hirsh, Starting Pitcher
It has been an up-and-down season for Jason Hirsh, who is the top starting pitching prospect in the Rockies organization. After beginning the year with the Rockies, Hirsh was demoted to Colorado Springs to work on some things, but is now back with the team. He has made 19 starts for the Rockies, including a complete game, and has pitched very well at the Major League level.
Stock: Rising

3. Franklin Morales, Starting Pitcher
Morales is a top pitching prospect in the Rockies organization, and is having the kind of breakout season that the Rockies were hoping for in 2007. After pitching stellar in his stint with the Tulsa Drillers, Morales was recently promoted to the Colorado Spring Sky Sox, and has a 1.42 earned run average through his first two starts with the team. If he continues to pitch like this, he could be added to the Rockies Major League roster when they expand the rosters in September.
Stock: Rising

4. Ian Stewart, Third Baseman
Like Tulowitzki, Stewart was one of the top position player prospects in the organization coming into the 2007 season. He played very well for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for most of the season, and recently was promoted to the Colorado Rockies. A slugging third baseman, Stewart should provide some pop to the Rockies lineup, as he batted over .300 for Colorado Springs.
Stock: Rising

5. Ubaldo Jimenez, Starting Pitcher
Jimenez spent the better part of the 2007 season with Colorado Springs, and did not put up the kind of statistics you would expect from a top prospect. He had an earned run average close to 6.00 during his time with the Sky Sox, and looked shaky in most of his 19 starts. Still, he is currently with the Colorado Rockies, though he has struggled lately. In his last 6.2 Major League innings, Jimenez has thrown 171 pitches, and has not looked ready for the Majors.
Stock: Steady

6. Dexter Fowler, Outfielder
Talk about turning your season around. Fowler got off to a terrible start for the Modesto Nuts in 2007, but since the month of April ended, Fowler got very hot. He batted close to .300 in May, and then batted .349 in June. However, due to an injury, Fowler has not played since the end of June, which has really slowed his development. The injury, a broken hamate bone in his right hand, likely will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Stock: Steady

7. Greg Reynold, Starting Pitcher
Greg Reynolds got off to a fast start for the Tulsa Drillers, but has since seen his season go up in smoke. After having some shoulder soreness throughout the season, the Rockies 2006 first round draft choice was shut down for the rest of the season last week. The right-hander is one of the top pitching prospects in the organization, and had a brilliant 1.42 earned run average in eight starts for Tulsa before being shut down. The injury cannot be good, considering it takes a lot for an organization to shut someone down for the entire year.
Stock: Falling

8. Chris Iannetta, Catcher
On Opening Day, the Rockies made Iannetta their starting catcher, signaling the start of what should be a very productive Major League career. However, after struggling for the entire season at the Major League level, Iannetta was recently demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is far and away the best catching prospect in the Rockies organization, and possibly in baseball, so he will need to turn things around quickly. Once he gets going, he'll be behind the plate for the Rockies for many years.
Stock: Steady

9. Jeff Baker, Outfielder
Baker has appeared in 71 games for the Rockies this season, and has not done much with the bat. He has had some injuries, but the Rockies were expecting much more out of him at the plate. He is one of the better young outfield prospects in the Rockies outfield, and they still expect him to be an everyday starter at the Major League level.
Stock: Falling

10. Chaz Roe, Starting Pitcher
Roe has made 24 starts for the Modesto Nuts this season, and he is just recently starting to look like the top prospect that he is. After struggling and getting by on his talent for most of the season, Roe has really settled down in August. He does have an ugly 5-11 record this season, but has been lights out in his last two starts. In those starts, Roe is 1-0, and has allowed only two earned runs.
Stock: Steady

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