Baseball Prospectus | 2015 Prospects: Colorado Rockies Top 10 Prospects
Raimel Tapia has made quite a leap from being nowhere on anyone's prospect radar to No. 3 in the Rockies' system in two short years. Jon Gray predictably sits atop the list, while Eddie Butler slides to No. 4. Here's a money quote on Gray from Nick J. Faleris:
There is little doubt that Gray will be a valuable major-league asset, and anything shy of number three production, even in the challenging Coors environs, would come as a surprise. He should start 2015 in Triple-A, but may not face the requisite resistance to truly refine until he faces major-league lineups capable of handling his electric arsenal.
We'll have additional reaction to the list later today.
Baseball Prospectus | Minor League Update: Winter League Games to Date
Further proof that Cristhian Adames is Jonathan Herrera with a better glove, from Jeff Moore:
The lack of power in his game limits his upside, and though he’s shown more extra-base thump this winter than in his minor-league career, there’s not much reason to believe there’s a lot of punch in his bat long term. Still, his ability to put the bat on the baseball and possibly handle all three infield positions makes him a valuable bench candidate.
Adames is hitting .353/.426/.473 with 18 walks and 19 strikeouts in 167 at-bats in winter league play.
Bridich taking measured approach to offseason | rockies.com
Bridich tells Tracy Ringolsby that the Rockies think their club is good enough as is -- if it stays healthy -- to compete in the National League West, and that's why the team has yet to make any moves this offseason. However, I don't believe Mr. Bridich is being completely honest in his assessment of the club.
To me, it's rather obvious: Bridich knows his team isn't going to contend this year, but those chances should get better in 2016 and beyond, assuming the newest wave of talent in the organization even somewhat pans out. As I wrote a week or so ago, 2015 is best used as a year to cash in on trade chips such as Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs and Justin Morneau. And, although he's taking a fairly significant risk (in the cases of the latter three players, at least), Bridich knows clubs will become more desperate to add those sorts of pieces during the season as opposed to after it.
Ron Darling's proposed Troy Tulowitzki trade package: pic.twitter.com/dtooSQA5qz— Amazin' Army (@WE_ARE_MET_FANS) December 22, 2014
Is this enough? Mets fans seem to think so, but I'm not so sure.