After revealing the Purple Row community's Colorado Rockies top prospect list one at a time, it's time to wrap up the series by showing the whole list at once. Before I do so, I will note that since voting occurred, PuRP 22 according to this list was traded away. As we have done previously when this has occurred, Padlo will occupy an honorary place in this PuRPs list but going forward everyone below him will move up (and therefore Ryan Casteel is the new PuRP 30). German Marquez will get his shot the next time around.
Without further ado, here is the full preseason 2016 Top 30 PuRPs list, including some voting stats:
|Rank||Player||Total||# Ballots||High Ballot||Mode Ballot|
|1||Jon Gray||1,194||41||1 (24)||1|
|2||David Dahl||1,149||41||1 (5)||2|
|3||Jeff Hoffman||1,139||41||1 (5)||3|
|4||Brendan Rodgers||1,103||41||1 (5)||4|
|5||Ryan McMahon||1,083||41||1 (2)||5|
|16||Mike Nikorak||550||38||8||14, 17|
|NR||Kevin Padlo||362||35||9||19, 20, 24|
|30||Ryan Casteel||69||12||17||25, 26, 29|
In this edition of the PuRPs poll, 41 ballots were cast, with 30 points being granted for a first place vote, 29 for second, etc. Until a player was named on 14 ballots, his vote totals were modified on a sliding scale to avoid an individual ballot having too much say over the community forecast, though only newly minted PuRP 30 Ryan Casteel was listed on fewer than 14 ballots.
It was a runaway first place performance by Jon Gray in this edition of the PuRPs poll. Gray garnered 24 of the 41 first place votes and 1,194 of 1,230 possible points, while David Dahl, Jeff Hoffman, and Brendan Rodgers each got five and Ryan McMahon received two. Gray, Dahl, Hoffman, Rodgers, and McMahon were a clear top five ahead of the pack. Beyond those guys, Raimel Tapia also cleared the 1,000 point threshold to take sixth while Trevor Story held off Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela for seventh. Tom Murphy beat out Forrest Wall by just one point to round out the top ten.
There was a pretty good consensus about the top 11 prospects, forming a clear tier of players that the electorate felt were potential MLB impact players, and the next three prospects were also named on each ballot. Indeed, there seemed to be consensus across most of the list, as only the bottom four PuRPs were named on less half of the ballots. Looking back on past PuRPs lists, it appears that Colorado's farm system is stronger than it has been since I started charting it in Spring 2010. I suspect when national prospect writers stack this system up against others in MLB, they will find it outranks most of them.
From the Summer 2015 list, Kyle Parker (14) exhausted his rookie eligibility and was not eligible for this list. In addition, as stated above, the trade of Padlo (19 in summer, 22 this time) removed him from the list after the fact.
Some more notes:
- In all, 14 players were on every ballot, 65 players received at least one vote for this PuRPs list (up from 59 last time), 50 got mentioned on multiple ballots, 32 were named on at least 14 ballots (and therefore were unmodified), and all of the top 26 were named on at least half of the ballots, showing that most of the list was more or less agreed upon by the community, if not necessarily the order. Here is a link to the polling thread.
- If you've done the math right, you've realized that six new players made the preseason 2016 PuRPs list. The first time PuRPs are Hoffman (3), Castro (12), Tinoco (14), Estevez (24), Diaz (27), and Herrera (29)
Here are the five players who came closest to inclusion on the preseason 2016 PuRPs List (now that Casteel made the top 30):
35. Wes Rogers (34.6 points, 11 ballots), 2014 4th Round, OF in Low A (21)
34. David Hill (46.3 points, 12 ballots), 2015 4th Round, RHP at Short Season A (21)
33. Sam Howard (50 points, 10 ballots), 2014 3rd Round, LHP in Low A (22)
32. Zach Jemiola (63 points,16 ballots), 2012 9th Round, RHP in High A (21)
31. Daniel Montano (67 points, 15 ballots), 2015 IFA (VZ), OF in DSL (16)
Breaking the list down by position, there are 15 pitchers (11 of them are nominally starters with Castro a question mark, 11 are righties, four are southpaws, two are in the top three and nine are in the top 20), six middle infielders, four outfielders (three of which could play CF, depending on the scout you ask), three catchers, and two corner infielders. It looks like there will be many top prospects that will be MLB ready all in the next year or two (including nine of the top ten), so it won't be long before we start seeing some of these guys producing for the Rockies.
With that, I declare the preseason 2016 Purple Row Prospects List complete.