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John Sickels is impressed with the Rockies' farm system

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies top 20 prospects for 2015 - Minor League Ball

Another day, another prospect list, this one by prospect guru John Sickels of Minor League Ball. There are no huge surprises on the list regarding ranking with Gray and Dahl at one and two, but it's a good primer on some of the guys with lower name recognition. The Rockies are generally regarded as having a top ten system in MLB, and possibly top five.

Sickels also notes that the talent in the organization is balanced from the lower levels to the top, meaning there should be a steady supply of reinforcements over the next few years, starting with Gray/Butler/Tyler Anderson.

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