Mid-Season Top-20 Review- Part I

In the Scout.com Prospect Guide, RockiesInsider.com ranked the top-20 prospects in the Rockies organization. With the season into August, we take a look at each prospect's season, and how it has affected their status.

Note: All Statistics as of August 13, 2009

20. Cory Riordan
Riordan has been terrific for the Modesto Nuts in 2009, and has been one of the more consistent starters on the team. Appearing in 23 games, making 22 starts, the young right-hander has posted a 4.16 earned run average, and has struck out better than 100 batters. He also has notched two complete games, and has won six of his last ten starts.
Status: Ready for Double-A

19. David Christensen
The former second-round selection has struggled with Asheville in 2009, batting under .240 in 96 games. The outfield prospect had a good month of May, but has not been able to get it together for an extended period of time all year. He is likely to repeat in Asheville next season, due to the fact he is only 20-years old.
Status: Struggling in Asheville

18. Corey Wimberly
Wimberly was traded for Matt Murton before the season began, and is currently a member of the Oakland Athletics farm system.
Status: Traded to Oakland for Matt Murton

17. Brandon Hynick
Hynick has been a beast for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2009, and he seems to get better with each start. A workhorse in the starting rotation, Hynick has posted an earned run average of 3.61 in 22 starts for the Sox, and has notched nine wins. He was unhittable in May, going 4-1 in five starts, with an earned run average under 2.00.
Status: Could Get the Call

16. Brian Rike
It has been a rough go of it for the former 2007 second-round selection, as Rike has been a shadow of himself all season long. Batting barely over the Mendoza Line, Rike has shown flashes of his trademark power, but has been far too inconsistent. Of his 63 hits this season, 30 have gone for extra-bases, including five triples. He may be back in Modesto in 2010.
Status: Needs to Show Consistency

15. Darin Holcomb
It has been another stellar season for Holcomb, who was a Baseball America Class-A All-Star in 2008. The infielder has been on fire since the All-Star break, batting .336 since the classic, with eight home runs in his last 36 games. He continues to get better as the season goes on, and has put himself in position to get to Triple-A next season. Not bad for a guy who completely skipped High-A baseball.
Status: Better than Expected

14. Anuery Rodriguez
Rodriguez was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jason Hammel in April.
Status: Traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Jason Hammel

13. Eric Young Jr.
Young has been better than advertised in 2009, and continues to defy odds. Once considered a courtesy pick, Young is a top prospect in the organization, and may be the team's long-term answer at second base. A burner, Young has batted over .300 for Colorado Springs in 2009, and has stolen 55 bases to date. In 108 games, he has scored 107 times, and has nine triples. He is ready for the Show.
Status: Ready for the Bigs

12. Michael McKenry
McKenry has had a very decent season for the Tulsa Drillers in 2009, and has been hitting much better since the All-Star break. One of the top catchers in the organization, McKenry has blasted 11 home runs this season, and has 23 doubles. Coming off a great season in the Arizona Fall League, McKenry has not disappointed in 2009, and is slated for Colorado Springs in 2010.
Status: Hitting Well

11. Connor Graham
Graham was recently traded to the Cleveland Indians for Rafael Betancourt.
Status: Traded to Cleveland for Rafael Betancourt

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