Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Rosell Herrera may not be as much of a prospect now as he was after he won South Atlantic League MVP in 2013, but he's still hanging around the organization. The Colorado Rockies placed him on the 40-man roster at that point to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, and yet immediately afterwards the lanky outfielder posted two straight underwhelming seasons at High-A Modesto.
Yes, Modesto is a difficult place to hit—much of the California League is deceptively pitcher-friendly—but Herrera has yet to prove he can make the jump and succeed there, let alone reach higher into the minor leagues. He moved to the outfield full-time in 2015, too, after having played shortstop coming up through the minors until last summer.
No longer on the 40-man roster, and having re-signed with the team after becoming a free agent over the winter, Herrera is now not nearly as well thought of as he'd been just a year or two before. But he's still young (he just turned 23), and he's on the right level track for his age (he was half a year younger than his competition in Modesto last summer).
This spring, he was sent down from big league camp pretty early, and he's been working out with the Double-A group. It would seem he will open the season in Hartford, after slashing .260/.314/.354 with the Nuts last summer. Above, see video of him in several different at-bats versus pitchers in the Rockies' system through the month of March.
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