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Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl will start 2015 at Double-A New Britain

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A crowded outfield at Modesto means Dahl is another step closer to the majors.

Colorado Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl will begin the 2015 season at Double-A New Britain, according to the Rock Cats' official Twitter account.

Dahl, the Rockies' No. 2 prospect, appeared at two levels in 2014, his first full professional season. The 2012 first-round draft pick had a stellar pro debut that year before missing most of the 2013 season with a hamstring injury. Dahl hit .299/.335/.492 for Low-A Asheville and High-A Modesto last season. He owns a career .325/.364/.534 minor league line.

It comes as a bit of a surprise that Dahl will start the year in Double-A after playing in only 29 games at Modesto and managing a .267/.296/.467 line. The expected presence of fellow potential impact prospect Raimel Tapia, as well as Jordan Patterson, Dillon Thomas and others at Modesto, lends credence to the Rockies' decision to move Dahl up the ladder.

The Rock Cats will unveil the remainder of their roster on Monday, with the rest of the Rockies' full-season minor league affiliates likely to follow suit.