The Winter Meetings and Rule 5 Draft are in the rear view mirror, and the hot stove is hotter than it’s been in at least a couple of years. You know what that means, Purple Row community: It’s once again time to vote on your top 30 Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs)! And you can do it in the comment section of this thread.
For your reference, here is the mid-season 2019 list.
The polling rules are pretty simple:
- Your list must be at least 30 players long – partial ballots will not be counted. If you’re having trouble filling out your list, check out great resources like RockiesRoster.com, FanGraphs, and Baseball Reference to find any stats you might need. Only the top 30 names will be counted on the ballot; if the same player is listed multiple times on the ballot, the player ranked 31st (if applicable) will be moved up to fill the list. Same if one of the players on your ballot is traded or released between your post and polling ending. To reiterate: if there aren’t at least 30 distinct players on the list, the ballot won’t be counted. For that reason, it is encouraged that you list more than 30 players in case of a duplicate listing or a player move.
- Feel free to give a rationale about the placement of each prospect, but you aren’t required to do so by any means.
- Voting will be open from now until the end the year, December 31st. Once I tabulate the results, I will reveal the list one at a time over the next few weeks or so after voting ends.
- Players are eligible for inclusion if they still retain their Rookie of the Year eligibility (fewer than 50 IP, 130 ABs, and/or fewer than 45 days on the active roster, IL and post-Sept. 1 service time are not included). Since the mid-season list, three PuRPs are no longer eligible: Peter Lambert (2), Rico Garcia (12) and Jesus Tinoco (20) — Lambert and Tinoco due to service time while Garcia was lost on waivers to the San Francisco Giants in an effort to free up a 40-man roster spot (Garcia was later non-tendered by the Giants and is currently a free agent).
- In addition, four other players who received votes last time are no longer in the org for various reasons: Alfredo Garcia, Luis Castro, Sam Howard, and Alexander Guillen. On the other hand, 2019 contributors like Brendan Rodgers, Yonathan Daza, Tim Melville, and Sam Hilliard remain eligible.
- Any player who is eligible at the start of the polling period will be eligible for the list even if they lose eligibility before the final list is posted. While the Rule 5 Draft has been concluded, roster churn is a year-round phenomenon. Any necessary changes will be made to the final version of the list to ensure it contains the top 30 players still in the org at that time.
- Scoring will be in done like the AP poll in college football. A first place vote gets a player 30 points, a second place vote 29, and so forth on down to 1 point for a 30th place vote. It’s important to note that until a player is named on at least 1/3 of all ballots cast that their vote totals will only receive partial credit (on a sliding scale which depends on the total number of ballots cast).
- All ballots are weighted equally (as long as the players on them are named on enough ballots to qualify). The PuRPs list is a community ranking of Rockies prospects and we’re proud of the fact that again and again it’s a really good one. As a result, we ask that you put some quality effort into compiling your list.
- Remember, everyone has their own methodology of ranking their PuRPs. You may disagree with how one community member ranks their PuRPs over your own, but it remains in your hands to maintain civil discourse when discussing said PuRPs. That’s what makes this ranking so great.
With that, have fun with this list. I look forward to a lively (but civil, in accordance with Purple Row’s rules and regulations) debate over each others’ ballots.