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Colorado Rockies prospect rankings, preseason 2018: top 30 summary

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The top 30 Rockies’ prospects, according to the fans

After revealing the Purple Row community’s Colorado Rockies top prospect list over the last few weeks, it’s time to wrap up the series by showing the whole list at once. Without further ado, here is the full preseason 2018 Top 30 PuRPs list, including some voting stats:

Preseason 2018 PuRPs List

Rank Player Total # Ballots High Ballot Mode Ballot Position ETA
Rank Player Total # Ballots High Ballot Mode Ballot Position ETA
1 Brendan Rodgers 1,017 34 1 (31) 1 SS 2019
2 Ryan McMahon 976 34 1 (3) 2 1B/2B/3B Now
3 Riley Pint 946 34 2 3 RHP 2020
4 Peter Lambert 878 34 3 4 RHP 2020
5 Colton Welker 856 34 3 5 3B 2020
6 Ryan Castellani 846 34 3 7 RHP 2019
7 Ryan Vilade 810 34 3 5,7 SS/3B 2021
8 Yency Almonte 803 34 3 8 RHP 2018
9 Garrett Hampson 711 34 6 9 SS/2B 2019
10 Sam Howard 677 34 4 11 LHP 2018
11 Tom Murphy 671 34 5 11 C Now
12 Tyler Nevin 521 33 8 14 1B/3B 2020
13 Brian Mundell 501 33 8 13 1B 2019
14 Jordan Patterson 490 32 5 12,13 OF Now
15 Daniel Montano 463 29 8 16 OF 2022
16 Forrest Wall 405 31 10 15 OF/2B 2019
17 Sam Hilliard 371 31 10 16,24 OF 2019
18 Breiling Eusebio 339 28 12 15 LHP 2020
19 Yonathan Daza 297 29 10 28 OF 2019
20 Ben Bowden 295 27 12 18 LHP 2019
21 Dom Nunez 281 27 12 23 C 2019
22 Mike Tauchman 270 28 14 20 OF Now
23 Will Gaddis 261 26 14 19 RHP 2021
24 Robert Tyler 237 23 12 20 RHP 2020
25 Mike Nikorak 187 27 13 27 RHP 2021
26 Willie Abreu 169 19 12 23,27 OF 2020
27 Jairo Diaz 159 17 12 24 RHP Now
28 Vince Fernandez 155 14 10 18 OF 2020
29 Chad Spanberger 137 24 16 28 1B 2020
30 Tommy Doyle 129 18 14 22,29 RHP 2020

It was an easy first place finish for Brendan Rodgers in this edition of the PuRPs poll, his second top billing in a row. He received 31 of 34 first place votes—the other three went to No. 2 Ryan McMahon. The top eight players all cleared 800 points over the 34 ballots and the top 11 players were named on every ballot.

As a reminder, 30 points were granted for a first place vote, 29 for second, etc. Until a player was named on 12 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 was only applied to one player 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. No ties were broken in the top 30.

There was a pretty good consensus about the top 25 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 over two-thirds of the ballots. Looking back on past PuRPs lists, it appears that Colorado’s farm system is slightly weaker than it was in midseason thanks to the graduation of Raimel Tapia and trades that bolstered the 2017 play-off run.

Some more notes:

  • In all, 11 players were on every ballot, 68 players received at least one vote for this PuRPs list (up from 66 last time), 54 got mentioned on multiple ballots (down from 58), 33 were named on at least 12 ballots (and therefore were unmodified), and only one PuRP was named on fewer than 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 four new names compared to the midseason 2017 list. The new PuRPs are Breiling Eusebio (18), Yonathan Daza (19), Michael Tauchman (22), and Willie Abreu (26).

Breaking the list down by position, there are 12 pitchers (10 of them are nominally starters with a couple being a question mark, 9 are righties, three are southpaws, and five are in the top 10), eight outfielders, five corner infielders, three middle infielders, and two catchers. It looks like there are at least nine PuRPs will start 2018 either in MLB or Triple-A (including four of the top ten), so it won’t be long before we start seeing some of these guys producing as regulars for the Rockies, and some new faces on future PuRP lists.

With that, I declare the preseason 2018 Purple Row Prospects List complete! Thanks for reading!