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Friday Rockpile: Discussing the Rockies' prospects

Fangraphs came out with a huge dissertation on the Rockies' minor league prospects, and there are reasons to be optimistic.

Rob Tringali

Evaluating the prospects: Colorado Rockies - Fangraphs

Behold Fangraphs' massive compendium of the current state of the Colorado Rockies farm system. All of the names you would suspect are there--Jon Gray, Eddie Butler, David Dahl--as well as the mid-range prospects that still have sky-high potential like Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon, and Trevor Story. But Kiley McDaniel also ran through some players you might see in each day's Pebble Report but don't necessarily know if they're players to watch. This is a highly recommended read.

Overall it appears that the farm system is in very good shape. There are future solid role players throughout the organizational levels and a handful of possible stars. It seems that the real influx of talent to the Major League level won't be until 2016. Sure, in a perfect world Gray and Butler will be in the major league rotation for most of next year (and be good as well), but the bats of Dahl, Tapia, McMahon, Story, and Tom Murphy won't have a 2015 impact. And realistically only Dahl and maybe Story have better than a coin flip chance of being positive contributors in 2016.

Luckily, the Rockies current major league roster boasts solid and young position players to hold down the fort until those reinforcements are ready (yeah yeah, "when healthy"). Sure we could use a catcher and a second baseman, and there doesn't seem to be a Morneau replacement in the pipeline come 2016 (with apologies to Kyle Parker, whose prospect status seems to be dimming quickly).

Prospecting in baseball is a difficult and inexact science, but there are reasons to be positive about the Rockies' future.

Rockies' Jackson Williams collects first career hit - Denver Post

This is a nice little story about Jackson Williams and his long journey to the major leagues. He spent six years in the Giants organization, it's a neat little coincidence that his first start and hit came off them. There's also a funny little anecdote about his conversation with Yusmeiro Petit, a guy he caught for two years, when Petit took his at bat.

Also included in the article is a short blurb about how Josh Rutledge and Walt Weiss like to talk about the art of the double play. Two professionals talking about the tools of the trade. Gotta love it.