Organization Reports


2023 Organization Report: Colorado Rockies

by Rob Gordon

Organization Grades

Hitting: A ... Pitching: C- ... Top-end Talent: B ... Depth: B+ ... Overall: B

Minor League Affiliates

Triple-A: Albuquerque (Triple A West)
Double-A: Hartford (Double A Northeast)
High-A: Spokane (A+ West)
Low-A: Fresno (A West)
Rookie: ACL Rockies (Arizona Complex League)
Rookie: DSL Rockies (Dominican Summer League)

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1. Ezequiel Tovar (SS) ... 6-0, 162 ... B/R ... 21 ... 2017 FA (VZ)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Fresno (A2_West)298.309/.346/.5104870.3711/21
2021Spokane (A1_West)134.239/.266/.3962860.164/3
2022Hartford Yard Goats (East2)264.318/.386/.5459760.3913/17
2022Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL2)21.333/.391/.4769901.001/0
2022Colorado Rockies (NL)33.212/.257/.3336730.221/0
Comments: Top prospect had a breakout campaign at the plate, posting a .927 OPS and making his MLB debut. Already an elite defender with a plus arm, he showed a more aggressive approach at the plate and sacrificed some plate discipline for power. The trade-off worked as he posted his first .500+ SLG between AA and AAA.

Development Path: Tovar will head into spring training as the presumptive front-runner for the Rockies starting SS job. He struggled in his limited MLB debut, but was sensational in the upper minors.

Fantasy Impact: There will definitely be a learning curve, but Tovar should settle in as a .280+ hitter with HR figures initially in the 10-15 range, but who should grow into more power as he matures. Lots to be excited about.

Upside Grade: 9D

2. Zac Veen (OF) ... 6-4, 190 ... L/R ... 21 ... 2022 (1) HS (FL)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Fresno (A2_West)399.301/.399/.50114680.5115/36
2022Spokane Indians (Nwst2)342.269/.368/.43913740.5611/50
2022Hartford Yard Goats (East2)124.177/.262/.23410660.331/5
Comments: Some of the best speed in the minors; swiped 55 bases in 2022. Good understanding of the strike zone is mitigated by aggressive approach; needs to be more selective to tap into power. Plus speed and arm strength should play well in RF where and is above-average defender. If speed and OB% stick at the MLB level, plenty of SB await.

Development Path: Veen will likely return to Double-A Hartford to work on accessing his power. A midseason jump to Triple-A is possible.

Fantasy Impact: Veen will be highly coveted once he debuts due to his outlandish SB totals; but there is still work to do on the hit tool side. Big risk/reward player for 2023 because he's not yet mastered upper-level pitching.

Upside Grade: 9D

3. Adael Amador (2B,SS) ... 6-0, 160 ... B/R ... 19 ... 2019 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021ACL Rockies (Rk_ACL)164.299/.394/.44514820.934/10
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)449.292/.415/.44516851.3015/26
Comments: Switch-hitting SS has an advanced feel for hitting and controls the strike zone as well as any player in the minors. Uses leg kick to start swing and identifies spin early with a quick bat and compact stroke. Rockets balls into gaps with average to a tick above raw power. Runs well, but arm and instincts could push him over to 2B down the line.

Development Path: Despite a late season slump, Amador blitzed through Low-A Fresno as one of the youngest players on the circuit. He'll head to High-A Spokane to start 2023. Given the Rockies propensity to promote their prospects slowly, he might not be in the majors until 2025, but his advanced bat could force the issue.

Fantasy Impact: At his size, Amador isn't likely to be a huge home run threat even in Coors Field, but his elite bat-to-ball skills and ability to draw walks gives him the potential to be a .300/.400 hitter with double-digit HR and SB.

Upside Grade: 9D

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4. Benny Montgomery (OF) ... 6-4, 200 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2021 (1) HS (PA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021ACL Rockies (Rk_ACL)47.340/.404/.38310810.560/5
2022ACL Rockies (ACL)22.273/.273/.4090730.000/0
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)233.313/.394/.5028700.306/9
Comments: Athletic OF was limited to just 62G due to injury, but when healthy continued to put up impressive numbers. Plus runner has worked hard to simplify his setup and keep the barrel in the zone. Needs to be more selective to maximize his above-average raw power. Plus defender with good range and a strong arm and has the potential to be a 20/20 guy.

Development Path: Montgomery posted an .896 OPS at Low-A Fresno, which should earn him a promotion to High-A Spokane to start the 2023 season. The primary task in front of Montgomery is to be more selective at the plate which will also allow him to more effectively tap into his plus raw power.

Fantasy Impact: While Montgomery has the power and speed to be a 20/20 CF in the majors, there is work to be done in order to make that happen. Playing in Coors Field definitely helps, but the variance between a .230 hitter and a .280 hitters is huge for fantasy owners.

Upside Grade: 9D

5. Warming Bernabel (3B) ... 6-0, 180 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2018 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021ACL Rockies (Rk_ACL)74.432/.453/.7436840.426/5
2021Fresno (A2_West)83.205/.287/.3138830.501/4
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)262.317/.390/.50410850.7410/21
2022Spokane Indians (Nwst2)105.305/.315/.4862840.124/2
Comments: Pure hitter with an advanced ability to find the barrel with minimal swing-and-miss. Can be overly aggressive at the plate, which cuts into his power output, but makes plenty of contact (14% K rate). Power is mostly to the pull side and he isn’t going to be a true masher. Was drafted as a SS, but moved to 3B where he is a fringe-average defender.

Development Path: Bernabel has done nothing but hit as a professional and now owns a .295/.365/.470 slash line. The 20-year-old will head to Double-A Hartford in 2023, where he will be one of the youngest players in the league. He doesn't really have a home defensively and will need to work hard to stick on the dirt.

Fantasy Impact: Bernabel has intriguing fantasy appeal. He has an aggressive approach at the plate and doesn't draw a ton of walks, but he has above average speed and power and a knack to putting the bat on the ball.

Upside Grade: 8D

6. Jordan Beck (OF) ... 6-0, 225 ... R/R ... 21 ... 2022 (1) Tennessee
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2022Tennessee (SEC)252.298/.391/.59513750.6018/6
2022ACL Rockies (ACL)49.306/.404/.46914780.731/0
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)39.282/.462/.48725771.442/0
Comments: Mashed his way into 1st round consideration. Strong, athletic frame with a quick bat and in-game power. Good understanding of the strike zone and an ability to barrel the ball, but aggressive approach and trouble with breaking balls creates swing-and-miss, though fared well in pro debut. Runs well with a strong arm and profiles as an above-avg RF.

Development Path: Beck got into just 11 games for Low-A Fresno and, while he fared well, will likely head back to start the 2023 season. A quick start should have him in High-A by mid-season is not sooner. Given his extensive and impressive collegiate record, the Rockies could move him through their system quickly, though the organization has been slow to do so with other prospects.

Fantasy Impact: Beck doesn't really have any plus tools, but he's solid across the board with enough power and plate discipline to be a valuable fantasy contributor in NL-only formats. Defensively he has the tools to handle RF in Colorado.

Upside Grade: 8D

7. Drew Romo (C) ... 6-1, 205 ... B/R ... 21 ... 2020 (1) HS (CA)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Fresno (A2_West)312.314/.345/.4396840.386/23
2022Spokane Indians (Nwst2)374.254/.321/.3729780.435/18
Comments: Defensive backstop took a step back at the plate, posting a pedestrian .693 OPS at A+. Moves well with excellent blocking, receiving, and framing skills and a strong, accurate arm. Improved as a RHH with a contact-over-power approach that limits long-term power development. Defense will get him plenty of ABs once he reaches the majors.

Development Path: Romo will head to a talented Double-A Hartford squad in 2023. The demands of learning a new staff at a new level could take time and focus away from making needed adjustments at the plate, but the Rockies don't have anything blocking his path to the majors.

Fantasy Impact: Romo is going to be a tempting fantasy option - primarily because of where he plays his home games - but fantasy managers need to temper expectations. He showed he could hit in his pro debut, but his production in 2022 is probably more realistic, with a bit more power and fewer SB as he matures.

Upside Grade: 8D

9. Gabriel Hughes (RHP) ... 6-4, 220 ... 21 ... 2022 (1) Gonzaga
2022Gonzaga (WCC)
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)
Comments: Surprise 10th overall pick had a breakout season for the Zags and is an intriguing arm. 4-seam FB sits at 93-96 and is well located up in the zone. 2-seamer has good late action and sink. SL shows above-average to plus potential and he commanded it better in 2022. CU is too firm and needs work for him to reach his potential as a mid-rotation SP.

Development Path: Hughes logged just three innings in his debut and will head back to Low-A Fresno for his first full season of pro ball. He needs to improve the consistency of his changeup to remain a starter and the pitch has progressed in the past year.

Fantasy Impact: Hughes has the potential to be a solid #3 starter, but that comes with all of the standard caveats about pitching in Coors Field.

Upside Grade: 8D

9. Sterlin Thompson (2B,3B,OF) ... 6-0, 200 ... L/R ... 21 ... 2022 (1) Florida
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2022Florida (SEC)254.354/.443/.56313810.7911/10
2022ACL Rockies (ACL)55.273/.328/.3824710.131/1
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)46.348/.380/.5006740.251/2
Comments: Draft-eligible sophomore rode a breakout campaign to 1st round selection. Smooth LH stroke and all-fields approach give him a chance to hit for average. Has the frame and enough bat speed for more power, but can be beat by high heat and for now bat path is more conducive to 2B than HR. Played 2B and 3B in college, but is likely limited to the OF.

Development Path: Thompson posted a .332/.424/.524 slash line in two years at Florida and followed that up with a solid pro debut. Despite playing in just 11 games at Low-A Fresno, Thompson is experienced enough to handle the jump to High-A Spokane in 2023.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson is an above-average to plus defender and the Colorado that should get his bat into the lineup on a regular basis. Concerns about his long-term power development are warranted, but at his size a tweak in his approach could result in 20+ HR output at his peak.

Upside Grade: 7C

10. Jaden Hill (RHP) ... 6-4, 234 ... 24 ... 2021 (2) Lousiana State
2021Did not play (--)
2022ACL Rockies (ACL)10.13.481.4523.
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)7.12.451.2272.517.26.9.241
Comments: Had Tommy John surgery early in 2021, but was still selected at #44 overall. He finally made his pro debut in August and looked sharp in his return. FB was back in the mid-90s with late life up in the zone and CU still has plus late fade and sink. SL needs consistency, but gives him 3 potential above-average to plus offerings.

Development Path: The Rockies will be sure to monitor Hill's usage in 2023 with an assignment to High-A Spokane to start the year. Hill need to continue to build up arm strength and regain feel for his emerging slider. If he remains a starter, he could still be two years away, but if he moves into a relief role, he could be up by mid-2024.

Fantasy Impact: Definitely a significant amount of reliever risk here. The fastball/changeup combination is already elite and his heater can get up to 100 mph in shorter stints. If he does move into a relief role, he has closer upside.

Upside Grade: 8D

11. Yanquiel Fernandez (OF) ... 6-2, 198 ... L/L ... 20 ... 2019 FA (CU)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Dominican Rockies (Dsl)177.333/.406/.53111850.856/0
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)475.284/.340/.5078760.3421/5
Comments: Strong, physically mature hitter out of Cuba has above-average to plus power. Lots of motion pre-swing, but gets to the ball on time and can crush velo with high exit rates. Overly aggressive at the plate, leading to swing-and-miss and tends to expand the zone. Average speed with a strong arm, but is a fringe defender in RF.

Development Path: Fernandez ripped pitchers in the CAL for 33 doubles and 21 home runs. He will head to High-A Spokane in 2023, but needs to tone down his swing and be more selective if he is going to hit for average as he moves up. Needs to work on identifying spin and laying off balls out of the zone.

Fantasy Impact: With some critical and difficult adjustments, Fernandez has power tools to be an impact RF, but there is a lot of work to be done both offensively and defensively, so for now take a wait and see approach.

Upside Grade: 7D

12. Hunter Goodman (C,1B,OF) ... 6-1, 210 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2021 (4) Memphis
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Memphis (AAC)202.307/.397/.67813740.5721/9
2021ACL Rockies (Rk_ACL)60.300/.419/.51713770.642/1
2022Fresno Grizzlies (Cal2)282.291/.368/.5928720.3322/4
2022Spokane Indians (Nwst2)197.315/.351/.5895690.1812/1
2022Hartford Yard Goats (East2)44.227/.277/.3646730.252/1
Comments: Offensive minded backstop has the best raw power in the system and mashed across 3 stops. Good understanding of the strike zone and hunts balls he can rocket to pull side. Ultra aggressive approach means there will be plenty of swing-and-miss and few walks, but when he connects the ball flies. Fringe defender will have to work hard to stick at C.

Development Path: Goodman posted a combined slash line of .294/.354/.572 with 33 doubles and 36 home runs in 2022 and will head back to Double-A Hartford to start the season. He needs a lot of work behind the plate before he's major league ready, but if he continues to rake, the Rockies could use him at DH with a few starts behind the dish.

Fantasy Impact: Goodman is a boom-or-bust prospect. It remains to be seen is he can replicate this kind of production against more advanced pitching though there is more swing-and-miss in the zone than chasing off-speed out of the zone. It's hard to ignore the in-game power.

Upside Grade: 8E

13. Dyan Jorge (SS) ... 6-0, 170 ... R/R ... 20 ... 2022 FA (CU)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2022Dominican Rockies (Dsl)15.333/.375/.4676730.250/0
2022Dominican Colorado (Dsl)191.319/.404/.45011840.744/13
Comments: Cuban SS signed late but landed a hefty $2.8 million bonus. Plus runner with good range, soft hands, and enough arm to stick at short. Mature approach at the plate and is able to find the barrel regularly without being overly aggressive. Power development will be key and he could surpass expectations with double-digit SB and HR.

Development Path: Jorge had an impressive pro debut, slashing .320/.402/.451 in the DSL. Given his age, the Rockies will likely skip him over rookie ball and send him to Low-A Fresno to make his state-side full-season debut.

Fantasy Impact: If you squint hard enough and if everything falls into place, you can see the makings of an impact big league shortstop. Even if the power ends up being average or below, there is enough hit and speed to make him worth watching.

Upside Grade: 7D

14. Julio Carreras (SS) ... 6-1, 166 ... R/R ... 23 ... 2018 FA (DR)
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2019Grand Junction (Pio)262.294/.369/.4669760.405/14
2021Fresno (A2_West)362.254/.306/.3926720.247/15
2022Spokane Indians (Nwst2)402.289/.352/.4737740.2911/17
2022Hartford Yard Goats (East2)60.233/.303/.3508650.240/2
Comments: Lean, athletic player is an above-average to plus defender with good range, a quick release and enough arm to stick at short or handle 3B. Employs a high leg kick and an aggressive approach as chases power to the pull side. Approach does lead to plenty of swing-and-miss and he rarely walks, but did stroke 42 doubles and 11 home runs in ‘22.

Development Path: Carreras slumped when moved up to Double-A Hartford and will head back in 2023. The Rockies has an elite prospect in Tovar ahead of Carreras so a switch to 3B could be in the offing. He needs to tone down his aggressive approach and make more contact before he's ready to make his big league debut.

Fantasy Impact: There are some intriguing aspects to Carreras' game. The power and speed combination - 56 XBH and 19 SB in '22 - could be worth rostering, but he struggled against more advanced pitching and will need to prove he can make more contact.

Upside Grade: 7D

15. Michael Toglia (1B,OF) ... 6-4, 205 ... B/L ... 24 ... 2019 (1) UCLA
YearTeam (LG)ABBA/OBP/Slgbb%ct% EyeHR/SB
2021Spokane (A1_West)282.234/.333/.46513680.4617/7
2021Hartford (AA_NE)143.217/.331/.40614640.455/3
2022Hartford Yard Goats (East2)363.234/.329/.46612650.4023/7
2022Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL2)66.333/.413/.75812670.417/0
2022Colorado Rockies (NL)111.216/.275/.3788600.202/1
Comments: Plus raw power earned him a late-season callup. Below-average runner and is best suited at 1B where he is a plus defender. Will draw walks with plus power, but all-or-nothing approach makes it unlikely will ever hit for average. But the power and defense could result in a full-time ABs.

Development Path: For now, Toglia is stuck behind C.J. Cron, but Cron is a free agent at the end of the year and a quick start could get Toglia an extended look at 1B, where his glove gives him a chance.

Fantasy Impact: If you are looking for a power only bat, Toglia makes a decent end-game flier in NL-only leagues. He doesn't bring much else to the table (unless you play in a league that values defense), but 25+ HR upside makes him worthy of consideration.

Upside Grade: 7C

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