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Fall 2010 PuRPs List: #15-11

So far, in three installments I've revealed prospects #30-26, #25-21, and #20-16 on the Fall 2010 PuRPs list. Here is the fourth installment of the Purple Row community prospect list as ranked by 27 voters, with 30 points being granted for a first place vote, 29 for second, etc.

For each player, I've included a link to their stats (via Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs), their relevant "tool scores" on a 1-100 scouting scale (which is explained here) per the Baseball Cube, their contract status (via Project Libra), their probable MLB ETA (assuming they do make the Show), and a note on their 2010 season.


15. Corey Dickerson (376 points, 26 ballots) -- Stats -- Spring Ranking: NR

Dickerson, a 21 year old lefty outfielder who played for Casper this season, was included on all but one ballot. A big reason for this has to be his monster numbers at the plate (.348/.412/.634, 163 wRC+, 12 SB) in the Pioneer League. The cautionary note on those numbers is that Dickerson is a little old for the Pioneer League and thus he should be doing well. The level of domination is certainly encouraging, but we'll see next year at Asheville if Dickerson can sustain it. 

Hit tools: none available

Contract Status: 2010 Draft 8th round, Not Rule 5 Eligible, three options remaining

MLB ETA: 2015


14. Jordan Pacheco (402 points, 27 ballots) -- Stats -- Spring Ranking: 22

Pacheco, a 24 year old catcher who spent most of the year with Modesto but moved up to Tulsa when Wilin Rosario was injured, dominated offensively at both levels with a combined line of .323/.405/.442 and a 126 wRC+. Pacheco appears to be an exceptional contact hitter with lower power potential who has also improved his catching defense. He likely profiles as a backup catcher to Rosario, but he is star is on the rise in the system. He is the first of eight players to be named on every ballot.

Hit tools

Power: 60 Batting: 86 Speed: 54 Contact: 89 Patience: 64

Contract Status: 2007 Draft 9th round, Rule 5 Eligible, three options remaining

MLB ETA: Late 2012


13. Juan Nicasio (453 points, 25 ballots) -- Stats -- Spring Ranking: 15

Nicasio, a 24 year old right-handed starting pitcher for Modesto, had one of the best years by a Rockies pitching prospect, going 12-10 with a 3.91 ERA (2.89 FIP) and a 5.52 K/BB ratio (171 Ks) over a system-high 177.1 IP. In the hitter's haven that is the California league, those numbers are very impressive, but Nicasio is a little old for the league and thus should have an advantage. It will be interesting to see whether he can sustain his low FIP next year in Tulsa. Nicasio looks like he has a great feel for pitching and should at least make a cameo in the Show.

Pitch tools

Control: 72 K-Rating: 63 Efficiency: 73 vsPower: 69

Contract Status: 2006 Amateur Free Agent (DR), 40 Man Roster, two options remaining

MLB ETA: 2012

12. Rex Brothers (509 points, 27 ballots) -- Stats -- Spring Ranking: 7

Brothers, a 21 year old lefty reliever who threw for Tulsa this year, is the system's top relief prospect according to the Purple Row community. The 2009 supplemental first round pick strikes out a lot of men (10.57 K/9) but he needs to work on his control (7.04 BB/9). By definition, top flight relievers have a lower impact than other top prospects, but they are also more likely to contribute. Brothers is an arm that is extremely likely to be a high-leverage late game reliever for Colorado within two years.

Pitch tools

Control: 31 K-Rating: 93 Efficiency: 73 vsPower: 58

Contract Status: 2009 1st round, Not Rule 5 Eligible, three options remaining

MLB ETA: Late 2011


11. Hector Gomez (527 points, 25 ballots) -- Stats -- Spring Ranking: 6

Gomez, a 22 year old shortstop that spent time with Tri-City and Tulsa this year, just can't seem to stay healthy. He has missed time with injuries to his UCL, shin, groin, knee, and back. That's just in the last three years (in which he's played only 111 games). When he has been healthy Gomez has flashed fantastic tools (including great bat speed and excellent defense) but staying healthy is a skill and Gomez doesn't seem to possess it. He's got two options remaining, so 2012 is the last year for Gomez to prove he belongs with the Rockies. Gomez has top five talent but is blocked at shortstop by Tulowitzki and could be an intriguing trade candidate over the next few years.

Hit tools

Power: 57 Batting: 63 Speed: 74 Contact: 60 Patience: 10

Contract Status: 2005 Amateur Free Agent, Rule 5 Eligible, two options remaining

MLB ETA: 2013 or not at all


Players 10-6 will be revealed on Tuesday.