After revealing the PuRPs list five players at a time in six installments, it's time to wrap up the spring list by showing the full list. So without further ado, here is the full Fall 2012 Purple Row community prospect list:
23 ballots were cast in this edition of the PuRPs poll, with 30 points being granted for a first place vote, 29 for second, etc. Until a player was named on 8 ballots, his vote totals were modified on a sliding scale to avoid an individual ballot having too much say over the community forecast -- but none of the above players had that problem, as all 30 players on the PuRPs list were named on at least 8 ballots.
It was a two horse race for first place in this edition of the PuRPs poll, between Spring's top PuRP and this year's first round draft pick. David Dahl took the top slot with 11 first place votes, while Nolan Arenado was 2nd only 3 points back (he got 9 first place votes). Behind those two, Trevor Story was a clear 3rd place and Kyle Parker was obviously in 4th, then 5-9 were a clear tier, as were 10-14 (all of which were named on at least 22 ballots). Looking back on past PuRPs lists, it appears that Colorado's farm system is a little thinner than the Spring list, due in part to the MLB graduation of five PuRPs to MLB.
Here are the five players who came closest to inclusion on the Fall 2012 PuRPs List:
Most of the five listed above are years away from contributing to a Rockies team. The names I'd watch in particular would be White (who had an abysmal pro debut, but has a 2nd round pedigree) and Dilone (who slugged very well in a league where that doesn't happen very often and who has MLB bloodlines).
Breaking the list down by position, there are 12 pitchers (11 of them are starters, eight are righties, four are southpaws, none are in the top 5), 7 outfielders (2-4 of which could play CF, depending on the scout you ask), 6 middle infielders (if you classify Herrera and Mende as such), 2 corner infielders, and 3 catchers. It looks like there will be several top prospects that will be MLB ready all in the next year or two, so it won't be long before we start seeing some of these guys producing for the Rockies.