Friday night on MLB Network, six minor leaguers in the Colorado Rockies' system were named to the MLB Pipeline top 100 prospects list during the television network's 2016 Top Prospects special. Led by high school phenom Brendan Rodgers, the other five Rockies to make the list were Jon Gray, David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Jeff Hoffman, and Forrest Wall.
Wall, who was the 90th best prospect on the night, slashed .280/.355/.438 in 99 games for Low-A Asheville last year, belting 16 doubles, 10 triples, and seven home runs while adding 23 stolen bases and 41 walks in 416 plate appearances. Now 20 years old, the second baseman will likely start in High-A Modesto in 2016.
Hoffman, who was named the 52nd best prospect in baseball this evening, came over to the Rockies in midseason 2015 in the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. A right-handed starter, the East Carolina University product was recently named one of the 12 best righties in all of minor league baseball by the same outlet.
McMahon, the 48th best prospect in the minors, spent 2015 playing third base for the High-A Modesto Nuts. He slashed .300/.372/.520 in 132 games with Modesto, knocking 43 doubles and 18 home runs. The 21-year-old will likely start 2016 at Double-A Hartford, and he's been learning some first base over the winter, as well.
Dahl, named 46th best prospect in the game, spent 2015 at Double-A New Britain but missed considerable time with a lacerated spleen, injured in an on-field collision with a teammate. After surgery and recovery, he worked his way back to the field, and managed to still slash .278/.304/.417 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 22 stolen bases over 73 games.
Gray, the 33rd best prospect in baseball, made his Major League debut in 2015, and started nine games for the Rockies, going 0-2 with a 5.53 ERA (but 3.63 FIP) over 40⅔ innings pitched. It's likely he'll begin 2016 in the Rockies' big league rotation, and ought to drop off this list next year due to Major League service time.
Rodgers, the Rockies' highest selection on the list, was named the 12th best prospect in baseball after joining the organization as their first round draft pick out of a Florida high school in 2015. At rookie-level Grand Junction last summer, he slashed .273/.340/.420 in 37 games, and might well find himself playing shortstop at Low-A Asheville as a 19-year-old in 2016.
In the old rankings at the end of the season, the Rockies actually found themselves with eight players on the top 100 list: Rodgers (9), Gray (28), Dahl (47), Hoffman (49), McMahon (50), Wall (81), Mike Nikorak (84), and Raimel Tapia (99). Both Tapia and Nikorak dropped off the list this spring, as most of the other Rockies saw their stock slightly decline across the board.
As we continue to reveal our own PuRPs here on the site, it's important to note that only one of these players — Forrest Wall — has yet been named in our prospect list. It's a safe bet the other five will soon see their names called in our preseason rankings, and we'll update you with information as it becomes available.