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News and notes for the Colorado Rockies for Friday, January 20, 2017

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Farm system rankings: The Top 10 | ESPN

Keith Law of ESPN has been counting down all the farm system in Major League Baseball and today he released his top 10. Despite graduating top talents like David Dahl and Jon Gray to the big league club, the Rockies’ farm system remained in the top third of baseball. They did fall from seventh overall last year to ninth.

It’s an Insider only ($ piece, but the jist is Law praised the Rockies strategy of targeting pitching, “especially power arms,” noting that the strategy seems to be “going for pitchers whose velocity will still play in the thin air.” He finds the system to have a good balance between pitchers and position players but sounds especially optimistic that “the current system looks primed to fill out their rotation well behind Jonathan Gray.”

Sidelines gave Anderson valuable perspective | Rockies.com

Despite a first-round pedigree, Tyler Anderson was quickly becoming a forgotten prospect. Due to injuries, his development was seemingly stalled and many wondered whether or not he’d ever become a useful pitcher for the Rockies. While his amazing rookie season last year was a surprise for most fans, it’s also a valuable lesson to not overlook a prospect whose development is non-linear.

For Rockies fans, this should give us hope that Kyle Freeland may be this year’s Anderson. While Freeland has struggled with health in his short professional career, he should still be considered one of the Rockies top pitching prospects and may contribute sooner than many are expecting.

Spring Training Countdown: Colorado Rockies | Fan Rag Sports

Yessireebob, spring training is less than a month away! That is more exciting this year than in years past because, for one thing, we have the World Baseball Classic to look forward to (what, just me?), and, for another, the Rockies seem poised to begin opening their contention window. There’s a lot of boilerplate info in this post but hey, it’s one more signal that we’re that much closer to baseball!

Pressing Questions: The Colorado Rockies | Yahoo Sports

Speaking of one step closer, that means it’s time to start prepping for fantasy baseball (what, just me?). This article is more helpful if you’re preparing for your fantasy baseball drafts, but it still provides some interesting thoughts about how Rockies players are perceived by those outside of Denver. Most notable is that the Rockies now have at least two pitchers worth drafting based on talent, something that has rarely been said about the team from a fantasy perspective.