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  1. 1. Zac Veen | OF
    Zac Veen
    Born: Dec 12, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Port Orange, Fla., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: John Cedarburg.
    Minors: .301/.399/.501 | 15 HR | 36 SB | 399 AB

    BA Grade: 65/HighTrack Record: Track Record: A talented high school player considered on the fringe of first-round consideration entering his senior year, Veen became the biggest riser during the shortened 2020 season after getting stronger and showing improved power at Spruce Creek (Fla.) High. The Rockies drafted him ninth overall and gave him a $5 million signing bonus to pass up a scholarship offer from Florida. Veen impressed in instructional league after signing and followed up with a sensational pro debut at Low-A Fresno in 2021. Despite a slow start that saw him go his first 120 at-bats without a homer, Veen batted .301 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs, 36 stolen bases and a .900 OPS for the Grizzlies, becoming one of only four players in the minors to have at least 15 home runs and 35 stolen bases. He did that while impressing defensively both in left and right field and notching eight outfield assists in just 95 games.
    Scouting Report: Veen is a true five-tool player and has the potential to be a longtime anchor in the Rockies outfield. He presently has an all-pull approach and can be a bit aggressive, but he consistently drives balls hard on a line, handles all types of pitches and rakes equally against both righties and lefties in a way that is rare for a young, lefthanded hitter. Veen still has some tinkering to do to shorten his swing and could stand to use the whole field better, but he’s already shown he can make adjustments and has a chance to be a plus hitter with the amount of hard contact he makes. Veen has plus raw power and is increasingly learning to add leverage to his swing to access it. He is a potential 30-home run threat once he fills out his athletic, projectable frame and has the hand-eye coordination and barrel awareness to add that power without sacrificing his ability to hit for average. In addition to his immense hitting potential, Veen is a dynamic, aggressive baserunner with long strides that create sneaky speed and make him a stolen base threat. Though he has just average pure foot speed, his aggressiveness makes him an above-average runner who covers a lot of ground in a short time with his long strides and long arms that allow him to reach for the bag on slides and get in just ahead of throws. Veen’s long strides also enable him to make rangy plays to both his right and left in the outfield. He gets good reads off the bat, takes clean routes and charges in on balls well to project as a potential plus defender in the corners. His arm is his weakest tool, but it’s still average and makes him playable in both right and left field. In addition to his physical skills, Veen plays extremely hard and has an above-average internal clock for his age.
    The Future: Veen will likely get an invitation to major league spring training and should start the 2022 season at High-A Spokane. On the low end, Veen projects to be an everyday big leaguer who reliably puts up 15 home runs and 10 steals per year while hitting for a high average. On the high end, if he makes the necessary adjustments to his approach, he could be a 30-home run threat who hits for average, steals bases and is a perennial all-star.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.

  2. 2. Michael Toglia | 1B
    Michael Toglia
    Born: Aug 16, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 226
    Drafted/Signed: UCLA, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Matt Hattabaugh.
    Minors: .228/.333/.445 | 22 HR | 10 SB | 425 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Track Record: The Rockies drafted Toglia in the 37th round out of high school in 2016 and drafted him again with the 23rd overall pick in 2019 after his strong career at UCLA. Toglia spent 2020 at the alternate training site before making his full-season debut in 2021. Despite a slow start, Toglia hit his way from High-A to Double-A and had his signature moment in July when he hit a home run at Coors Field in the Futures Game.
    Scouting Report: A big, physical switch-hitter, Toglia hit 22 home runs in his first full season and is only just starting to tap into his power potential. He is an extremely patient hitter who sometimes lets hittable pitches go by, depressing both his batting average and power production. Once he learns to be more aggressive, he has the strength and feel for the barrel to be an average hitter with plus power. He is much more potent from the left side and will need to adjust his pull-heavy approach against better pitching. Toglia is remarkably nimble for his size. He’s a plus defender with premium scooping ability at first base and is playable in the corner outfield with his fringy but respectable speed. His arm strength is just fringy, but it’s enough to turn the 3-6-3 double play.
    The Future: Toglia is the Rockies’ long-awaited heir apparent at first base and is on track to reach Triple-A during the 2022 season. The Rockies re-signed C.J. Cron for the next two years to help bridge the gap, but once Cron leaves, first base will be Toglia’s for the foreseeable future.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Speed: 45. Fielding: 65. Arm: 45.

  3. 3. Drew Romo | C
    Drew Romo
    Born: Aug 29, 2001
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--The Woodlands, Texas, 2020 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Jeff Edwards.
    Minors: .314/.345/.439 | 6 HR | 23 SB | 312 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Romo earned raves as the best defensive high school catcher since Austin Hedges and was drafted 35th overall in 2020 by the Rockies, who signed him for $2,095,800 to forgo a commitment to Louisiana State. Romo entered the year known as a defense-first catcher with a questionable bat, but he silenced concerns about his offense with an excellent pro debut at Low-A Fresno. He finished fourth in Low-A West with a .314 average and backed up the hype about his defense to lead the Grizzlies to the league’s best record.
    Scouting Report: Romo’s defense behind the plate is borderline elite for his age. He has sound footwork and receiving skills, consistently posts pop times in the 1.9-second range with his above-average, accurate arm and quick release and has an advanced baseball IQ for his age. There’s still room for development in his game-calling, and he also has the talent to take his blocking to an even higher level. Romo is a switch-hitter but is vastly better lefthanded. He hit .351 as a lefty compared to .218 as a righty and may be best served dropping switch-hitting. He has above-average bat speed, stays balanced in his swing and has strong strike zone discipline, allowing him to project as an above-average hitter from the left side. Romo has plenty of bat speed and raw strength, but his contact-first approach will likely limit him to fringe-average power production.
    The Future: Romo’s on track to become a Gold Glove-caliber defender and fill the Rockies’ gaping hole at catcher. The club expects him to be their starting catcher in three years.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60.

  4. 4. Ezequiel Tovar | SS
    Ezequiel Tovar
    Born: Aug 1, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 162
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2017.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Orlando Medina.
    Minors: .287/.322/.475 | 15 HR | 24 SB | 432 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Tovar was Colorado’s top international signing in 2017, signing for $800,000 on his 16th birthday. He turned heads during his progression through the low minors and, after making two key changes, broke out in his full-season debut in 2021. Originally a switch-hitter, Tovar began batting righthanded only in 2021. He also made significant strength gains during the coronavirus shutdown. With those two changes, he hit .287 with 30 doubles, 15 home runs, 72 RBIs and 24 stolen bases across Low-A and High-A while earning raves as one of the best defensive shortstops in the minor leagues.
    Scouting Report: Tovar has long displayed above-average bat control and situational hitting ability despite being young at every level. His bat-to-ball skills are growing and he showcases gap-to-gap power with a line-drive approach. He mostly drives the ball for doubles but can occasionally elevate for home runs, as well. Tovar is a contact hitter first and still needs to add more muscle to his frame. He plays with energy and emotion but is already mature enough not to press. Even with his offensive gains, Tovar is a defensive-oriented player. He is a smooth operator at shortstop, where his clean footwork, sure hands, plus arm strength and advanced internal clock set him apart. He gets to routine grounders with ease and positions himself well with his advanced instincts to be able to make highlight-reel plays.
    The Future: Tovar still has several years of growth ahead of him, but he’s talented enough defensively to eventually be the Rockies’ starting shortstop. His offensive gains will be tested at Double-A in 2022.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 65. Arm: 60.

  5. 5. Benny Montgomery | OF
    Benny Montgomery
    Born: Sep 9, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: .340/.404/.383 | 0 HR | 5 SB | 47 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Track Record: Montgomery emerged as arguably the best player in a historically strong Northeast high school draft class in 2021, with his freakish athleticism drawing large crowds of scouts to every game. The Rockies drafted him eighth overall and signed him for $5 million, the most ever for a player from Pennsylvania, to forgo a Virginia commitment. Montgomery reported to the Arizona Complex League after signing and had a solid pro debut, albeit in only 14 games, and finished the year in instructional league.
    Scouting Report: Montgomery’s raw tools are immense. He has plus-plus speed, plus arm strength and the athleticism to develop into a plus defender in center field, although he needs to improve his jumps and routes going into the gaps. He also has plus raw power he’ll show off in batting practice. The question is how much Montgomery will hit. He has a large hitch in his swing, which currently is more rigid and less fluid than it needs to be, and his timing and balance have a long way to go for him to be even a fringe-average hitter. He has plenty of bat speed and decent hand-eye coordination, but he’ll need to prove he can make adjustments against higher-level pitching. His swing is consistently compared to Hunter Pence’s, which can be both a good and bad thing with how funky and awkward it gets.
    The Future: Montgomery has a wide range of outcomes depending on how his swing develops. If it clicks, he could be an above-average, everyday center fielder. If it doesn’t, he’ll struggle to get out of the low minors like previous athletic prep outfielders.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  6. 6. Ryan Rolison | LHP
    Ryan Rolison
    Born: Jul 11, 1997
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 213
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Zack Zulli.
    Minors: 4-3 | 5.27 ERA | 77 SO | 22 BB | 72 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Track Record: Rolison’s strong sophomore season at Ole Miss propelled him into the first round, where the Rockies drafted him 22nd overall and signed him for $2,912,300. Rolison pitched extremely well in two difficult environments at Rookie-level Grand Junction and High-A Lancaster to start his career and was invited to the Rockies alternate training site in 2020. Expected to rise quickly in 2021, Rolison was instead derailed by poor health. He had surgery to remove his appendix in June and broke a bone in his throwing hand while fielding a grounder in August. He made up for lost time by pitching in the Dominican Winter League after the season and was added to the 40-man roster in November.
    Scouting Report: Rolison is a classic pitchability lefty who relies on commanding a varied arsenal to succeed. His fastball sits in the low 90s and mostly serves to set up his breaking stuff. His 12-to-6 curveball in the upper 70s is a plus pitch he can manipulate the power and depth of, and his slider is a slightly tighter version of his curveball that also flashes plus. He is still mastering his changeup, which flashes average at its best. Rolison fills up the strike zone with plus control and has an advanced feel for setting hitters up and reading swings. He has worked to improve the armside command of his fastball, which he’ll need to open up the entire plate.
    The Future: Rolison has the potential to be a steady, reliable starter at the back of the rotation. He may start 2022 back at Triple-A but should make his major league debut during the year.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  7. 7. Ryan Vilade | OF
    Ryan Vilade
    Born: Feb 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 226
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Stillwater, Okla., 2017 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jesse Retzlaf.
    Minors: .284/.339/.410 | 7 HR | 12 SB | 468 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Track Record: The Rockies forfeited their first-round pick in 2017 after signing Ian Desmond and made Vilade their first selection when they took him in the second round, No. 48 overall. Vilade cruised through the lower levels of the minors and spent 2020 at the alternate training site before opening 2021 at Triple-A Albuquerque. He put up just middling numbers in the hitter-friendly environment of Albuquerque, but he still earned an invitation to the Futures Game at Coors Field in July and received his first big league callup in September.
    Scouting Report: Vilade was drafted for his bat and hasn’t disappointed in that aspect. His smooth, line-drive approach and natural feel for contact has produced a career .289 batting average in the minors. Vilade makes hard contact and has raw power, but he’s hit more than 10 home runs only once in three full seasons. He’ll need to put the ball into the air more in order to become an everyday, big league lineup pillar. Vilade began his career as a shortstop, moved to third base and is now strictly a corner outfielder. He is a below-average defender anywhere on the field, and his reads and routes in the outfield must improve. His average arm projects better in left field rather than right. A solid athlete, Vilade also began playing first base over the past year in an attempt to add to his versatility.
    The Future: Vilade’s hitting ability will buy him time to improve his defense. He’ll need to access more power to be an everyday player.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  8. 8. Brenton Doyle | OF
    Brenton Doyle
    Born: May 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Shepherd (W.Va.), 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: .279/.336/.454 | 16 HR | 21 SB | 390 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Doyle was set to attend Virginia Military Institute before he rerouted to Division II Shepherd in West Virginia, where he performed like a Division I-caliber player facing D-II competition. The Rockies drafted him in the fourth round in 2019 and he promptly won the Pioneer League batting title in his pro debut before impressing at instructional league in 2020. Doyle made his full-season debut in 2021 at High-A Spokane and didn’t quite live up to enormous expectations, but he still put together a well-rounded season and led the Indians to the High-A West championship series.
    Scouting Report: Doyle stands out foremost for his impactful raw tools. He’s physically strong with borderline plus-plus raw power, has above-average speed in the outfield and on the bases and has above-average arm strength. There are red flags in Doyle’s offensive approach, however. His grooved swing and poor strike zone discipline resulted in a 32% strikeout rate at Spokane. He needs to improve his pitch recognition, and he is still working to settle into a more upright stance he adopted since being drafted. Even so, he still had nearly a 20-20 season as Spokane, hinting at his immense potential if he can make adjustments. With speed, arm and premium athleticism, Doyle was named a minor league Gold Glove winner in right field and projects to be an above-average defender.
    The Future: Doyle must start putting the ball in play more in order to fulfill his everyday potential. If he can, he’ll succeed Charlie Blackmon as the Rockies’ starting right fielder.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  9. 9. Elehuris Montero | 3B
    Elehuris Montero
    Born: Aug 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Angel Ovalles (Cardinals).
    Minors: .278/.360/.529 | 28 HR | 0 SB | 431 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Track Record: Signed at 16 by the Cardinals, Montero won Most Valuable Player of the Low-A Midwest League in 2018 but missed a large chunk of 2019 with hand and wrist injuries. He spent 2020 at the Cardinals’ alternate training site and was traded to the Rockies before the 2021 season as the top prospect in the deal that sent Nolan Arenado to St. Louis. Montero delivered a strong organizational debut in his first year in the Rockies system, leading the organization with 228 total bases and finishing second with 28 home runs and 86 RBIs as he rose from Double-A to Triple-A.
    Scouting Report: A big, physical masher at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Montero is an aggressive hitter who makes consistent hard contact that results in power to all fields. His above-average bat speed, a powerful frame and compact swing yields above-average power he gets to in games. Montero’s approach still needs to be refined. He’s an early-count swinger who needs to become more disciplined to get the most from his offensive skill set. Montero has plus arm strength at third base, but his big frame limits his mobility. His below-average speed and footwork make him a below-average defender and he spent an increasing amount of time at first base this year. Unless he slims down and gets quicker, first base is likely his long-term home.
    The Future: Montero has the offensive tools to be an impact hitter in the middle of the Rockies lineup if he can tweak his approach. Where he fits on the field is still to be determined, with a strong chance he ends up at DH.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  10. 10. Adael Amador | SS/2B
    Adael Amador
    Born: Apr 11, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Martin Cabrera.
    Minors: .299/.394/.445 | 4 HR | 10 SB | 164 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Track Record: Amador made his name on the Dominican Republic’s 15U national team and signed with the Rockies for $1.5 million as one of the top players in the 2019 international class. His pro debut was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he made up for lost time in 2021. He finished in the top 10 in the Arizona Complex League leaders in hits, runs, walks and stolen bases and led the ACL Rockies to the league’s best record.
    Scouting Report: Amador is a polished hitter for his age and has a history of excelling against older competition. He has quick hands and a short swing with a solid bat path that results in hard drives from gap to gap. He will need to continue to add strength to his relatively small frame, although he already has a thicker lower half that is already helping him tap into growing power. He commands the strike zone and has a good approach at the plate for a player who has seen very little pro action, helping him project to be an above-average hitter who should reach double-digit home runs. Defensively, Amador has only an average arm and average speed at shortstop and too often relies on his natural ability rather than sound footwork and fundamentals. He projects better at second base long-term.
    The Future: While Amador is advanced compared to other international signings of his age, he still has a long way to go. He’ll be tested at Low-A in 2022, and will need to prove that his small frame isn’t a negative on either side of the ball.
    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  11. 11. Jaden Hill | RHP
    Jaden Hill
    Born: Dec 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 234
    Signed By: Zack Zulli.

    Track Record: Hill has been a prized pitching prospect since his prep days in Arkansas, but injuries have since marred his development. He was limited to six games across 2019 and 2020 at Louisiana State because of elbow problems and the pandemic and then lasted only 29.2 innings in 2021 before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. The injury required Tommy John surgery and sent the projected first-round pick tumbling down the draft board. The Rockies gambled on him in the second round and signed him for the full slot value of $1,689,500.
    Scouting Report: When healthy, Hill has three plus pitches in a mid-90s fastball, a mid-80s changeup and a wipeout slider. But his velocity, command and offspeed were all inconsistent in the seven starts he made prior to getting hurt in 2021, resulting in a 6.67 ERA. Hill’s injury history goes beyond just his time at LSU. He broke his collarbone playing football and broke his wrist playing basketball in high school and has little extended track record of success, largely because of his frequent injuries. He is an excellent athlete with a powerful 6-foot-4, 234-pound frame, but he has yet to demonstrate the ability to consistently command his pitches to both sides of the plate.
    The Future: Hill’s offseason throwing program has him on track to make his pro debut in 2022. His athleticism and stuff give him enormous upside, but he needs to accumulate innings and prove he can stay healthy.

  12. 12. Aaron Schunk | 3B
    Aaron Schunk
    Born: Jul 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Sean Gamble.
    Minors: .223/.286/.346 | 8 HR | 13 SB | 358 AB

    Track Record: A two-way star in college at Georgia, Schunk made third base his primary focus as a pro and turned in a solid debut season at short-season Boise in 2019 after the Rockies drafted him in the second round. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site and instructional league and made his full-season debut in 2021 at High-A Spokane, where he split time between third base (44 starts) and second base (35) and struggled at the plate.
    Scouting Report: Schunk has just fringy power and doesn’t fit the profile of a typical slugging third baseman. At his best, he takes competitive at-bats with a contact-driven approach and drives doubles from gap to gap. Schunk swung and missed way too frequently at Spokane, however, ringing up a 31% strikeout rate. Optimistic evaluators still see the potential for him to be an average hitter with his approach and natural bat-to-ball skills. Schunk is a slightly above-average runner and a good athlete who is a potential plus defender at third base. He is also developing at second base and saw a couple starts at first, too, where he is raw. Schunk has solid instincts on the bases and in the field that help his tools play up.
    The Future: Schunk should start 2022 in Double-A and has the ability and work ethic to be a future everyday player for the Rockies. How his bat and power grow remain to be seen.

  13. 13. Chris McMahon | RHP
    Chris McMahon
    Born: Feb 4, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 217
    Drafted/Signed: Miami, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Rafael Reyes.
    Minors: 10-3 | 4.17 ERA | 119 SO | 32 BB | 115 IP

    Track Record: Knee and back injuries limited McMahon’s time on the mound in college, but he was dominant when healthy. He posted a 2.25 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 112.1 career innings for Miami, then signed with the Rockies for $1,637,400 after Colorado drafted him No. 46 overall. He proceeded to impress in instructional league, then put up a 4.17 ERA in 22 games (20 starts) in his professional debut for High-A Spokane in 2021.
    Scouting Report: McMahon’s fastball sits in the low 90s and can run up to 95 mph with some late action that can induce weak contact. He has above-grade command and also features a hybrid breaking pitch that moves like a slurve, as well as an average changeup that’s still a work in progress. He battles on the mound, attacks hitters, has good instincts and is athletic, but will probably need to shorten his arm action as he faces better hitting. His slider and curve also need more consistency.
    The Future: McMahon’s ceiling is as a mid- to back-end starter if he can continue to hone his control and develop his changeup to keep hitters off a non-dominant fastball. He’ll likely start 2022 in Double-A.

  14. 14. Colton Welker | 3B/1B
    Colton Welker
    Born: Oct 9, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Parkland, Fla., 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Rafael Reyes.
    Minors: .258/.345/.483 | 6 HR | 0 SB | 120 AB

    Track Record: Welker dominated his first three seasons after the Rockies selected him in the fourth round in 2016. He hit .329 for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his pro debut, .350 for Low-A Asheville in 2017 and .333 to win the California League batting title for High-A Lancaster in 2018. Welker hasn’t been able to build on that success since. A shoulder injury limited him to 98 games in 2019 and, after spending 2020 at the alternate site and getting added to the 40-man roster, he was suspended 80 games for using the performance-enhancing substance DHCMT. He debuted for the Rockies on Sept. 8 and hit .189 in 37 at-bats.
    Scouting Report: Welker has possibly the best pure bat-to-ball skills in the organization, but his recent offensive struggles have seeded doubts. At his best, he has a line-drive, on-base approach with a flat swing conducive to contact. He’s a cerebral hitter, but he needs to work on staying within his approach and not trying to do too much. He is prone to selling out for power and losing his swing mechanics. Welker has good hands and a strong arm, but he is a slow runner with limited mobility in the field who fits better at first base than third base. He still needs to get better at scooping low throws out of the dirt.
    The Future: Welker will be a part of the Rockies’ plans in 2022. He has time to grow as a backup at third base behind Ryan McMahon and first base behind C.J. Cron.

  15. 15. Helcris Olivarez | LHP
    Helcris Olivarez
    Born: Aug 8, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Raul Gomez.
    Minors: 4-9 | 6.05 ERA | 112 SO | 68 BB | 100 IP

    Track Record: Signed for a mere $77,000 in 2016, Olivarez spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before making his stateside debut for Rookie-level Grand Junction in 2019. He turned in a raw but promising summer in the Pioneer League and had a big 2020 with solid showings at the alternate training site and in instructional league. Olivarez was added to the 40-man roster after the season and entered 2021 with big expectations, but he posted a 6.05 ERA for High-A Spokane.
    Scouting Report: Olivarez’s raw stuff is electric. He has easy fastball velocity up to 100 mph and usually sits in the high 90s. But his command is questionable and his offspeed pitches need honing, with an average changeup and a curveball that can be flat. Cleaning up and simplifying his delivery will help him achieve the release-point consistency needed to become a bonafide starter. He already creates uncomfortable at-bats from either side, but to complement his plus heat, Olivarez needs to keep a better lid on his emotions on the mound.
    The Future: Olivarez can be a hard-throwing back-end starter if he can learn to command his fastball. If the command doesn’t come soon, he profiles as a late-inning bullpen arm.

  16. 16. Warming Bernabel | 3B
    Warming Bernabel
    Born: Jun 6, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Martin Cabrera.
    Minors: .312/.367/.516 | 7 HR | 9 SB | 157 AB

    Track Record: The Rockies signed Bernabel for $900,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 and quickly converted him from shortstop to third base. He had a sluggish start in the Dominican Summer League but tore it up in 2021 by hitting .312/.367/.516 in 43 games split between the Arizona Complex League and Low-A Fresno.
    Scouting Report: Bernabel is a free-swinger with raw power who rarely misses mistake pitches. That power should continue to grow, as it has throughout his short minor league career thus far. A bat-first prospect, Bernabel knows how to battle and make contact when behind in the count. Strikeouts aren’t really an issue despite his free-swinging ways. His line drive, pull-side approach is underscored by good balance and bat speed. Bernabel has a strong arm at third base but still has room to improve his footwork, lateral quickness, fluidity and internal clock. He is an average runner.
    The Future: Bernabel has some gaps in his game to shore up, especially defensively, but his bat has him on a path toward Coors Field. He should be tested by Double-A pitching at some point in 2022.

  17. 17. Sam Weatherly | LHP
    Sam Weatherly
    Born: May 28, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Clemson, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Jordan Czarniecki.
    Minors: 4-6 | 4.83 ERA | 96 SO | 32 BB | 69 IP

    Track Record: After starting his college career as a reliever, Weatherly switched to a starting role in 2020 and impressed. He went 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA in four starts as the Friday starter at Clemson and the Rockies drafted him No. 81 overall, signing him for $755,300. Weatherly impressed in instructional league and then got plenty of seasoning with Low-A Fresno in 2021, posting a 4.83 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 15 starts. A shoulder injury limited him down the stretch.
    Scouting Report: Weatherly features a mid-90s fastball that can touch 97 mph with power finish. He has an effective changeup that induces swings and misses and his slider has the potential to be a plus pitch. While Weatherly has loud stuff, he needs to reign in his below-average control and work ahead of hitters more. He especially needs to improve his command of his slider. There are days when Weatherly is dominant and days when he’s not filling up the zone. He is a good athlete and has a high pitching IQ.
    The Future: Weatherly has the raw stuff to become a mid-rotation starter. If his strike-throwing doesn’t improve, he profiles as a lefthanded setup man.

  18. 18. Yanquiel Fernandez | OF
    Yanquiel Fernandez
    Born: Jan 1, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2019.
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Marc Russo/Raul Gomez.

    Track Record: Fernandez signed with the Rockies out of Cuba for $295,000 in 2019, and it quickly became apparent he had the talent to match some of the top players in that year’s international class. He made his pro debut as an 18-year-old in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and ranked sixth in the league with a .937 OPS.
    Scouting Report: Fernandez is a physical lefthanded hitter with a power stroke. It’s a loose swing with good bat speed, leverage and strength behind it, posting top-end exit velocities that approach 110 mph. It should be at least plus raw power once he fills out, with a chance to be a 30 home run hitter in his prime. He recognizes pitches well for his age and generally stays within the strike zone. Fernandez has big offensive upside and is a smart player, but his lack of mobility restricts him defensively. He has a strong arm, but he’s a well below-average runner who might slow down more, with some risk he could go to first base.
    The Future: Fernandez will have to mash given his defensive limits, but he has the offensive upside to hit in the middle of a lineup.

  19. 19. Noah Davis | RHP
    Noah Davis
    Born: Apr 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: UC Santa Barbara, 2018 (11th round).
    Signed By: Rick Ingalls.
    Minors: 6-7 | 3.60 ERA | 106 SO | 43 BB | 100 IP

    Track Record: Davis had Tommy John surgery his junior year at UC Santa Barbara, but the Reds liked his stuf and gave him an above-slot $127,500 bonus to sign as an 11th-round pick. Davis returned to make his pro debut a year later and, after waiting out the coronavirus pandemic, was off to a strong start at High-A Dayton in 2021 when the Rockies acquired him as one of two prospects for Mychal Givens at the trade deadline. Davis showed well at High-A Spokane after the trade and was added to the 40-man roster after the season.
    Scouting Report: Davis has a well-rounded four-pitch mix headlined by a 93-94 mph fastball that can get up to 96 mph with slight sink. He complements his fastball with a mid-to-high-80s slider, a high-70s curveball and a developing changeup. His potentially plus curveball is his best secondary, and he is confident throwing it in any count. Davis’ control is inconsistent and has been below-average at its worst. The Rockies primarily want him to throw more fastballs and continue to develop his fastball command. Davis’ biggest concern is his health. In addition to his Tommy John surgery, he has also battled shoulder soreness and blister issues at various points.
    The Future: Davis has the stuff to be a back-end starter if he can hone his control and stay healthy. He’ll move to Double-A in 2022.

  20. 20. Dyan Jorge | SS
    Dyan Jorge
    Born: Mar 18, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170

    Track Record: With how early teams now commit their international bonus pool space to players in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, by the time Jorge left Cuba, teams had already committed most of their 2020 international bonus pool space to other players. Instead, Jorge opted to wait for the following signing period—which ended up getting delayed another six months because of the pandemic—and joined the Rockies on Jan. 15, 2022 for a $2.8 million bonus.
    Scouting Report: Jorge has a long, slender, swimmer’s body type and is an athletic defender at shortstop. He’s a plus-plus runner with easy actions in the field, a good internal clock and a plus arm, giving him the upside to develop into a plus defender. The biggest split among scouts was his offensive upside, and while he doesn’t project to be a power threat, the early returns at the plate have been encouraging. He participated in the team’s Dominican instructional league and led that group in hitting, managing his at-bats well and showing good bat-to-ball skills with a line-drive oriented stroke and a two-strike approach.
    The Future: At 19, Jorge is advanced enough to move faster, he’s scheduled to make his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League.

  21. 21. Bryan Perez | RHP
    Bryan Perez
    Born: Sep 8, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 167

    Track Record: A nephew of Edinson Volquez, Perez was one of the Rockies top signings during the 2020-21 international signing period. He debuted in the Dominican Summer League and posted impressive numbers, with a 2.78 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 10 walks over 32.1 innings.
    Scouting Report: Perez is an exciting arm with a powerful three-pitch-mix, led by a fastball that averaged 95-96 mph in the DSL last summer, hitting as high as 98 mph. The pitch features above-average ride and he commanded it at an average level. He pairs that with a slurvy low-to-mid-80s slider, and a changeup he showed good feel for. It’s a starter’s tool set.
    The Future: Likely to debut stateside in the Arizona Complex League later this summer, Perez is one of the highest upside arms in the Rockies system.

  22. 22. Joe Rock | LHP
    Joe Rock
    Born: Jul 29, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Ed Santa
    Minors: 1-0 | 1.12 ERA | 11 SO | 1 BB | 8 IP

    Track Record: The Rockies selected Rock at No. 68 overall and signed him for $953,100 after he led Ohio in ERA (2.33), wins (eight), complete games (four) and strikeouts (117) as a junior. He made his brief pro debut with eight innings in the Arizona Complex League and struck out 11 of the 29 batters he faced.
    Scouting Report: Rock’s fastball sits in the mid-90s with cut, and he can pump it up to 96 mph. He is fairly skinny in his 6-foot-6 frame and still has room to get stronger and add more velocity. Rock also has a mid-80s power curveball and a developing changeup that he’s building confidence in A somewhat deceptive delivery and a lower arm slot make his pitches difficult for hitters to pick up, but also hampers his control. Rock has struggled with walks at various points throughout his career and needs to learn to be around the strike zone more with his deceptive mechanics.
    The Future: Rock has the body and raw stuff to be a back-end starter if he continues to fill out, improves his changeup and hones his control. He’ll begin 2022 at one of the Class-A levels.

  23. 23. Karl Kauffmann | RHP
    Karl Kauffmann
    Born: Aug 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Michigan, 2019 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Ed Santa.
    Minors: 3-12 | 6.90 ERA | 71 SO | 43 BB | 92 IP

    Track Record: After leading Michigan to a runner-up finish in the 2019 College World Series, the Rockies drafted Kauffmann No. 77 overall and elected to rest him that summer because of his high workload in college. A shoulder injury limited his development at the alternate site in 2020. The righthander made his pro debut in 2021 with High-A Spokane and the Rockies elevated him to Double-A after just two impressive starts, where he pitched to a 7.35 ERA in 19 games (18 starts).
    Scouting Report: Kauffmann relies on command and grittiness to elevate an ordinary pitch mix. He’s comfortable throwing his low-90s sinker to both sides of the plate, but hitters weren’t fooled by it (.398 wOBA against) and he needs to throw it in the strike zone more frequently. Kauffmann also deploys a low-90s four-seamer and an average changeup that needs more development, but neither miss many bats. His best secondary offering is his mid-80s slider which looks extremely similar to his fastball out of his hand and projects as an above-average pitch.
    The Future: Kauffmann’s ceiling is an innings eater at the back of a rotation, though he could profile as a reliever as well. The Rockies challenged Kauffmann in 2021, unworried by the growing pains at Double-A, and the same will likely be true in Triple-A in 2022.

  24. 24. Bladimir Restituyo | OF
    Bladimir Restituyo
    Born: Jul 2, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 151
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez/Frank Roa.
    Minors: .259/.288/.334 | 3 HR | 31 SB | 290 AB

    Track Record: After signing with the Rockies for $200,000 on his 16th birthday, Restituyo spent 2018 in the Dominican Summer League, then hit .259 in 55 games in a strong first impression stateside in the Northwest League in 2019. He stood out during the 2020 instructional league, and spent all of 2021 with Low-A Fresno, slashing .259/.288/.334 as the Grizzlies’ everyday center fielder.
    Scouting Report: With growing gap-to-gap doubles power and sneaky pop, Restituyo has plenty of potential offensively. But he’ll have to clean up certain glaring deficiencies, such as his tendency to be over-anxious in the box and his swing-and-miss rate on breaking balls. He struck out at a 25.2% clip in 2021 and needs to work on his strike zone discipline overall. A middle infielder converted to the outfield, Restituyo has above-average range to his left and right but needs to work on his footwork and reads on flies over his head. Strong arm. He’s a fast, aggressive baserunner (69 steals in his career) who can put pressure on the opposing defense.
    The Future: Restituyo projects as a reserve outfielder at the big league level, although his defensive versatility and speed could help him carve out a larger role. He’ll be tested in High-A in 2022.

  25. 25. Grant Lavigne | 1B
    Grant Lavigne
    Born: Aug 27, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Bedford, N.H., 2018 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mike Garlatti.
    Minors: .264/.380/.412 | 9 HR | 9 SB | 371 AB

    Track Record: New Hampshire isn’t known for its baseball, but by getting drafted at No. 42 overall, Lavigne has a chance to become the first hitter drafted out of high school in the state to make it to the majors. He tore up the Pioneer League in 2018, slashing .350/.477/.519 with a .996 OPS, but came back down to earth in Low-A Asheville in 2019 (.236 average with 29.3 strikeout percentage). He played in instructional league in 2020 then was tested in Fresno and Spokane in 2021.
    Scouting Report: Plate discipline is Lavigne’s strength, as he’s a patient (and sometimes too patient) hitter. He has a major-league frame, but lacks consistent power to all fields. With a smooth bat path and above-average bat speed, he has gap-to-gap potential, but tends to be too pull-happy. When he’s struggling, he’s not letting his natural strength and bat speed work for him. His speed is slightly above average for his size. He has an unimpressive arm and a long way to go overall on defense; improving his footwork has been a continued emphasis.
    The Future: Lavigne’s ceiling is as an average everyday first baseman, but he needs to flash more power and the glove must improve drastically if he’s to be more than a reserve. Double-A will be a big test in 2022.

  26. 26. Jameson Hannah | OF
    Jameson Hannah
    Born: Aug 10, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dallas Baptist, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Chris Reilly (Athletics).
    Minors: .255/.324/.351 | 3 HR | 11 SB | 302 AB

    Track Record: It’s been a winding road since Oakland drafted Hannah No. 50 overall in 2018. The A’s traded him to the Reds at the 2019 deadline, then Cincinnati flipped him to Colorado after the 2020 season in a deal that sent Hannah and Robert Stephenson to the Rockies in exchange for Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams. He impressed as a non-roster invite in spring training in 2021 before slashing .255/.324/.351 in 71 games in Double-A.
    Scouting Report: There’s not a lot of power in Hannah’s swing and his bat-to-ball skills need work. He struck out at a 32.8% clip in 2021 after a 23.5% strikeout rate in 2019, so his approach needs major refinement. He’s much better at making consistent hard contact against righties. Against southpaws, his power is negligible and he hit a paltry .178 from that side in 2021. He has plus speed but it’s not showing up on the basepaths yet. He has wide range in center field but his arm is average for the position and would be a better fit for left, where he’s also seen time.
    The Future: Hannah profiles as a fourth outfielder who can add speed and occasional sparks to a lineup, but he doesn’t have the hit tools to project as a starter. He’ll be tested in Triple-A in 2022.

  27. 27. Reagan Todd | LHP
    Reagan Todd
    Born: Aug 30, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 218
    Signed By: Marc Gustafson
    Minors: 5-2 | 4.53 ERA | 69 SO | 23 BB | 52 IP

    Track Record: A local product who starred at Regis Jesuit High School, Todd played two seasons at Arizona State before transferring to Colorado Mesa. The Rockies took him in the 32nd round, and he signed for just $1,000. Todd has grinded through the minors in the three years since. After a rough debut in 2018, he had a flashy 1.86 ERA across 26 games at the Class-A levels in 2019. The 2021 season brought growing pains in the high minors, but Todd capped the year with an all-star appearance in the Arizona Fall League.
    Scouting Report: Todd’s low-90s fastball tops out at 95 mph with run, and he pairs it with a low-80s slider that has two-plane break. That breaking ball improved over the past couple years, along with his fastball and developing changeup. Earlier in his minor league career he had a tendency to overthrow, but that’s been corrected. He knows how to attack hitters and pitch to their weaknesses, battles through tough innings, and can finish hitters off deep in the count (31.4% K rate in 2021). Todd has solid command with room for improvement.
    The Future: If Todd continues to rise as quickly as he has, he could debut in the Rockies’ bullpen in 2022. He’ll likely begin the season in Triple-A.

  28. 28. Julian Fernandez | RHP
    Julian Fernandez
    Born: Dec 5, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Rolando Fernandez
    Minors: 3-2 | 2.53 ERA | 42 SO | 16 BB | 43 IP

    Track Record: Fernandez took a long, circuitous route to his major league debut in 2021. He originally signed with the Rockies in 2012 and was selected by the Giants in the 2017 Rule 5 draft. He missed the 2018 season after having Tommy John surgery and was claimed off waivers after the season by the Marlins. He never pitched for them due to injury and re-signed with Rockies following the 2019 season. Fernandez finally got on the mound for the first time in four years in 2021. He began at Double-A and worked his way up to Triple-A, where he posted a 0.64 ERA in 14 appearances to earn a September callup.
    Scouting Report: Fernandez touched 105 mph before surgery and is back bringing the heat. In his MLB debut Sept. 5, he threw the fastest Rockies pitch in the Statcast era at 102.4 mph. When Fernandez commands his fastball, he is nearly unhittable. But that command hasn’t been nearly as consistent as he needs. He’s been a bit over-reliant on his power fastball to get him through the minors, meaning his slider and changeup aren’t as sharp as they need to be. His slider needs more depth and his changeup needs to be thrown with more consistency and confidence, especially early in the count.
    The Future: Fernandez will be a part of the Rockies’ bullpen plans in 2022. It will likely be another growth year as he continues to hone his offspeed pitches and overall command.

  29. 29. Justin Lawrence | RHP
    Justin Lawrence
    Born: Nov 25, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 218
    Signed By: John Cedarburg.
    Minors: 6-5 | 4.73 ERA | 30 SO | 12 BB | 33 IP

    Track Record: The Rockies drafted Lawrence in the 12th round in 2015 and he evolved into one of the club’s most intriguing bullpen prospects. After a couple unimpressive seasons to start his career, Lawrence burst onto the radar with dominant seasons in the South Atlantic League in 2017 and the California League in 2018. He rode a wave of momentum into 2019 spring training as a non-roster invitee, but then sputtered to a 8.76 ERA across 38 games in the high minors. Then, Lawrence was suspended 80 games for the performance-enhancing substance DHCMT. He rebounded in 2021 with his Rockies debut, but struggled against big-league hitters with a 8.64 ERA in 19 games.
    Scouting Report: Lawrence has a high-90s fastball with sink and he can routinely touch triple digits. His funky arm angle – which is somewhere between three-quarters and sidearm – creates deception throughout an at-bat. He has an aggressive demeanor on the mound and attacks hitters with his heater. The sharpness of his low-80s slider is improving. His command needs to get better, too, as evidenced by his 22% walk rate in the bigs in 2021.
    The Future: Command and the consistency of his secondary pitches are what’s keeping Lawrence from sticking in the Rockies’ bullpen, where he will have plenty of chances again in 2022.

  30. 30. Gavin Hollowell | RHP
    Gavin Hollowell
    Born: Nov 4, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: St. John's, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: Mike Garlatti.
    Minors: 3-0 | 2.25 ERA | 33 SO | 7 BB | 24 IP

    Track Record: After dominating his first two years for St. John’s, Hollowell took a step back his junior year, but the Rockies selected him at No. 189 anyway. He immediately impressed in Grand Junction in 2019, posting a 2.89 ERA in 17 games with seven saves as the team’s closer. He worked to fine-tune his delivery during instructional league in 2020. Then he recovered from injury to put up another strong (albeit short) year in Low-A Fresno with a 2.45 ERA in 22 games in 2021, with four saves. Hollowell is 12-of-13 in save opportunities as a pro.
    Scouting Report: His fastball sits around 95 mph and is combined with his mid-80s power slurve, which is his out pitch and a big reason why he’s tallied a 36.4% strikeout rate so far. He has solid command with both pitches and walks very few batters, while also showing the ability to keep the ball in the yard (three homers allowed across 42.2 innings). He morphed a crouched-style delivery into an upright one, allowing him to use his height and frame to generate more movement on both pitches.
    The Future: Hollowell is a projectable back-end bullpen arm, especially if his strikeout rate stays steady. He’ll be tested in the high minors in 2022.

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