After revealing the Purple Row community's Colorado Rockies top prospect list over the last couple of weeks, it's time to wrap up the series by showing the whole list at once. Without further ado, here is the full midseason 2016 Top 30 PuRPs list, including some voting stats:
|Rank||Player||Total||# Ballots||High Ballot||Mode Ballot||ETA|
|1||David Dahl||1,508||52||1 (20)||1||Now|
|2||Jeff Hoffman||1,504||52||1 (19)||1||2017|
|3||Brendan Rodgers||1,481||52||1 (13)||2||2019|
It was a nailbiter for first place in this edition of the PuRPs poll. David Dahl and Jeff Hoffman were separated by one first place vote (20 vs. 19) and only four points overall, but it was Dahl who took the top slot in this poll. It was Dahl's second time atop the PuRPs poll but his first since the Fall 2012 list. Brendan Rodgers was the only other player to get a first place vote in this poll (he had 13 of them) and claimed a clear third place.
There was a pretty good consensus about the top 17 prospects, forming a clear tier of players that the electorate felt were potential MLB impact players by virtue of the fact that they were named on almost every ballot. Indeed, there seemed to be consensus across most of the list, as only PuRP 30 Matt Carasiti was named on fewer than half of the ballots. Looking back on past PuRPs lists, it appears that Colorado's farm system is close in strength to where it was preseason, which was stronger than it had been since I started charting it in Spring 2010.
Some more notes:
- In all, 13 players were on every ballot, 68 players received at least one vote for this PuRPs list (up from 66 last time), 59 got mentioned on multiple ballots, 33 were named on at least 18 ballots (and therefore were unmodified), and all of the top 29 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.
- In this edition of the PuRPs list there were nine new names compared to the preseason list. The first time PuRPs are Pint (5), Marquez (7), Almonte (18), Tyler (19), Howard (23), Montano (24), Bowden (27), French (28), and Carasiti (30)
Breaking the list down by position, reflecting Jeff Bridich's prospect strategy there are 19 pitchers (17 of them are nominally starters with a couple being a question mark, 13 are righties, six are southpaws, two are in the top five and eight are in the top 12), two middle infielders, five outfielders, two catchers, and two corner infielders. It looks like there will be many top prospects that will be MLB ready in the next year or so (including eight 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 midseason 2016 Purple Row Prospects List complete.