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Thursday Rockpile Bonus Edition: Keith Law's Top 100

So, I posted this as a FanShot and realized that it was way long for a FanShot, so I'll reposition it as a FanPost for your enjoyment.

As stated in the title, Keith Law of ESPN unveiled his Top 100 Prospects List today.

This is an ESPN Insider article beyond the top 25 prospects, but the Rockies have four guys in the top 100. Of course, if you don't have Insider, you won't be able to read the reports of any of them, but I've detailed the gist of Law's comments below.

Law has Fowler at 30, Friedrich at 59, Nelson at 72, and Chacin at 74.

Basically, Fowler has plus speed (below-average base-stealer though) and defense with above average power potential and an improved swing.

Friedrich is projected to be a solid 3/4 starter once command improves.

Nelson is projected to make it to the show at 2B or CF due to his batting improvements and potential.

Chacin is basically too far away to be projectable but Law likes his command and out pitch but thinks he needs to work on his curveball.

Also mentioned as the 5th best prospect in the Rockies organization was Rosario.

As far as positional rankings go, Fowler was 5th among CFs, Nelson was 8th at SS/2B, and Friedrich was 9th among LHPs.

The NL West and the amount of players placed in the top 100:

AZ: (Parker 35, Schlereth 75, Parra 91)
3 players: 2 P, 1 OF
CO: (Fowler 30, Friedrich 59, Nelson 72, Chacin 74)
4 players: 1 OF, 2 P, 1 SS/2B
LA: (McDonald 68, Lambo 79, Martin 87)
3 players: 2 P, 1 OF
SF: (Bumgarner 6, Posey 8, Alderson 26, Villalona 34)
4 players: 2 P, 1 C, 1 1B
SD: (Blanks 54, Latos 69)
2 players: 1 1B, 1 OF

My take: The Giants look to be sitting pretty so far as high impact divisional prospects is concerned, with two stud pitchers on the way to join their already studly pitching staff. The Rockies' guys are next in line, but are lower-impact players. LA's guys are either there or will be soon, while Arizona's once deep system has been gutted. San Diego is trying and failing to keep up.

Also, Troy Renck has written an article about how Tulo aims to avoid a repeat of 2008.

My take: We can only hope that Tulo is back to his 2007 form and injury free. He did bat .327 in the second half last season, so he's got that going for him, which is nice. When healthy, he's a force both offensively and defensively, as well as a tremendous clubhouse influence. Good to hear that he's mentally focused on avoiding his poor 2008.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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