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Rockies place two on Baseball Prospectus’ Midseason Top 50

Brendan Rodgers and Riley Pint make the list

Over the last two seasons, the Rockies have graduated over a dozen prospects from their farm system, including top prospects like David Dahl, Jeff Hoffman, Raimel Tapia, and German Marquez. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that the Rockies’ system is somehow fallow. Baseball Prospectus recently released their Midseason Top 50 and it included Brendan Rodgers at sixth overall and Riley Pint at 44th.

Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP) was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft and has been hanging out at the top of prospect lists ever since. The possible cyborg hit .400/.419/.700 in 222 plate appearances for High-A Lancaster before earning a promotion to Double-A Hartford. Thanks to a that performance, as well as lot of graduations in front of him, he went from being a consensus Top 20 prospect to a potential number one overall prospect (paywall) in baseball. Before you get too excited about a September call-up, Double-A is still a long way from the majors; Rodgers has yet to record an extra base hit in 11 games for the Yard Goats. Even still, barring a major setback, Rodgers will likely enter 2018 as one of, if not the, top prospects in baseball and could make an appearance in purple pinstripes next season. BP noted in their write-up that the downside for Rodgers is that he might be “a useful regular, but not a star.” And that’s the downside. You’ll get to see Rodgers this weekend in Miami for the All-Star Futures Game.

Riley Pint (No. 3 PuRP) was also a top five overall pick, going fourth overall in 2016, but the Rockies have been a lot slower with his development. He earned rave pre-draft reviews thanks to his 102-mph fastball, the potential for multiple plus breaking pitches, and the extreme care shown in his development. The Rockies have continued to exhibit that care, as Pint has yet to throw more than 75 pitches in a game in his professional career. Due to his struggles with command, he hasn’t pitched too deep into games yet either. It’s worth keeping in mind that Pint is a full three-years younger than the average player in the Low-A South Atlantic League, so a 4.44 ERA and 7.0 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9, while disconcerting, represent merely a step in his development. If he still struggles like this two years from now in Double-A, then we can start to worry.

The Braves led the way with five Top 50 prospects, followed by the White Sox with four (including number one overall Yoan Moncada).