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Rockies prospect rankings: Making sense of the full midseason 2016 top 30 PuRPs list

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Let's put a nice, big bow on our midseason PuRPs rankings, shall we?

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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
4 Raimel Tapia 1,373 52 3 5 2017
5 Riley Pint 1,340 52 2 4 2020
6 Ryan McMahon 1,235 52 3 6 2017
7 German Marquez 1,186 51 3 7 2017
8 Antonio Senzatela 1,123 52 5 8 2017
9 Kyle Freeland 1,097 51 3 9 2017
10 Tyler Anderson 1,078 52 2 9 Now
11 Peter Lambert 1,004 52 6 11 2019
12 Ryan Castellani 973 52 6 11 2018
13 Forrest Wall 947 52 6 12 2018
14 Dom Nunez 888 52 7 16 2018
15 Tom Murphy 882 52 5 16 2016
16 Jordan Patterson 718 49 12 14 2016
17 Mike Nikorak 684 50 9 17 2020
18 Yency Almonte 430 42 11 16-17,20-21,25 2018
19 Robert Tyler 384 41 15 19 2019
20 Jesus Tinoco 381 38 13 21 2018
21 Pedro Gonzalez 359 35 13 19-21,24,26 2020
22 Tyler Nevin 344 40 14 23 2020
23 Sam Howard 311 34 15 21,25 2018
24 Daniel Montano 304 29 14 22 2021
25 Harrison Musgrave 267 31 12 23 2017
26 Sam Moll 244 28 13 23 2017
27 Ben Bowden 232 32 16 20,27 2019
28 Parker French 197 31 9 30 2018
29 Alex Balog 169 26 16 21-23,28-29 2018
30 Matt Carasiti 146 23 19 21 2017

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.


The top 11 players all cleared 1,000 points, a first in PuRPs history in a 2016 midseason list that also set a record for the number of ballots submitted with 52. As a reminder, 30 points were granted for a first place vote, 29 for second, etc. Until a player was named on 18 ballots, his vote totals were modified on a sliding scale to avoid an individual ballot having too much say over the community forecast. In this edition of the list this rule wasn't applied to anyone in the top 30. For more info on voting numbers for players that didn't quite make the top 30, please check out the intro post to this edition of the PuRPs list.

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 infieldersfive outfielderstwo 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.