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BP Top Prospects: Colorado Rockies

Minors : : General
Jason Parks        
Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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State of the Farm: “That is you can't you know tune in but it's all right, that is I think it's not too bad.”

Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. SS Trevor Story
  2. OF David Dahl
  3. 3B Nolan Arenado
  4. LHP Tyler Matzek
  5. RHP Chad Bettis
  6. Will Swanner
  7. LHP Tyler Anderson
  8. OF Kyle Parker
  9. LHP Jayson Aquino
  10. OF Rafael Ortega


1. Trevor Story

Position: SS
DOB: 11/15/1992
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 175 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1
st round, 2011 draft, Irving High School (Irving, TX)
2012 Stats: .277/.367/.505 at Low-A Asheville (122 games)
The Tools:  Shows all five-tools; arm is 6

What Happened in 2012: The teenager made a successful full-debut in the Sally League, showing a well-rounded tool collection and propelling himself up to the top of the team’s prospect rankings.

Strengths: Very good baseball skills; feel for the game; swing is easy; hands work very well; plus bat speed; hit tool projects to solid-average; power already showing in games; propensity for loud contact; power could play at 6 at maturity; runs well; clean actions at shortstop; good range; plus arm.

Weaknesses: Lacks impact tool; hit tool features some swing-and-miss; will expand zone; struggles against soft and spinning; chewed up by left-handing pitching; gets power happy and sells out swing mechanics and approach.

Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division player

Explanation of Risk: Moderate risk; tools are mature for his age/level; shows advanced feel and instincts for the game.

Fantasy Future: Story could hit .265-plus with some on-base ability, 15-20 homers, 25-plus doubles, and 10-plus steals from a premium defensive position. That’s a monster player.

The Year Ahead: Moving to the California League will only add gasoline to his improving game power, and as the numbers inflate, the prospect status will follow suit. Story is the rare middle-of-the-diamond prospect who has the tools and instincts to remain at that position up the chain, which makes the promise of the bat all the more special. Story might lack all-star level tools, but the total package has the chance to play at that level because of his position on the field and the pop in his bat.

Major-league ETA: 2015


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