I needed to put a positive entry on this page, even if it is short. This year and especially the past month have been too painful for a lot of Rockies fans. And as long as we are looking forward to 2012 already we can still hold out hope that the Rockies farm system will provide at least a few solid everyday players in the coming seasons.
Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com released his updated Top 50 Prospects list and his top 10 per team.
I have heard a few negative rumblings about the Rockies farm system this year as it pertains to the two guys who were #1 and #2 within the organization on most every expert’s list into 2011: Tyler Matzek and Wilin Rosario. Matzek had control issues (although his most recent outing following his hiatus was a big step in getting back on track) and Rosario has taken a step back at the plate. Mayo still has both in his list of top 50 in all of baseball.
Joining Matzek (#49 overall) and Rosario (#27 overall) is Christian Friedrich (#25 overall) in Mayo’s top 50.
In what appears to be an oversight, Mayo has Nolan Arenado ranked as the third best Rockies prospect (ahead of Matzek) but not in the top 50 in baseball while Matzek is #49.
The biggest jump I see is that Tim Wheeler has moved well into the top 10 for the Rockies. He was not included in Mayo’s preseason rankings and with Wheeler on the verge of being the first hitter in the AA Texas League to hit 30 home runs (second has 24 as of today) he is moving up most everyone’s list.
According to Mayo the Rockies future is still bright!