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Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, January 25

Feeling strong, Parra out to reclaim outfield role |

While I doubt that Gerardo Parra will be able to reclaim a starting outfield spot that is his desire. The root of what he is hoping for is the same thing that everyone wants, for him not to repeat last season’s atrocious numbers and instead find the player who was a solid contributor.

While it doesn’t explain his inability to draw a walk, his ankle injury in June seems to have played a bigger part in his late season struggles and also why he was playing first base than most of us realized.

MLB 25 at 25: No. 18 Trevor Story | Fanrag Sports

In their ranking of top MLB players 25 or younger, Fanrag has Trevor Story at 18th, which is an impressive statement for a player whose prospect status had dwindled before his MLB debut last April. Since then, Story proved that his power translated to the MLB level better than anyone expected. A shortstop who can hit 35-40 homers is a rare thing and also extremely valuable.

2017 Prospect Watch: Top 10 Shortstops | MLB Pipeline

Speaking of shortstop prospects, MLB Pipeline released their top shortstop prospect list and Brendan Rodgers is ranked fifth. While Rodgers has already seen some attention as one of the best prospects in baseball, this particular list seems to value proximity more than ceiling.

2017 prospect rankings: 60-41 | (Paywall)

Keith Law is continuing his top 100 countdown 20 at a time, and Raimel Tapia is included in this group. Ranked 58th, Tapia’s continued success through the Rockies entire MiLB system has converted almost all of his doubters. While the Rockies don’t have an available place to play Tapia at this point, he could still play an important role for the Rockies next year.