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Colorado Rockies prospect rankings, pre-season 2020: Top 30 summary

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The Purple Row community’s top 30 Rockies prospects

After revealing the Purple Row community’s Colorado Rockies top prospect list over the last few weeks, it’s time to show the whole list at once with some voting stats. I’ll also have some thoughts on the state of the system tomorrow to conclude the series.

Without further ado, here is the full pre-season 2020 Top 30 PuRPs list, including some voting stats:

Pre-Season 2020 Purple Row Prospects List

Rank Player Total # Ballots High Ballot Mode Ballot Position ETA
Rank Player Total # Ballots High Ballot Mode Ballot Position ETA
1 Brendan Rodgers 654 22 1 (19) 1 SS/2B/3B Now
2 Ryan Rolison 634 22 1 (3) 2 LHP 2021
3 Colton Welker 580 22 2 3 3B/1B 2020
4 Ryan Vilade 570 22 3 3 IF 2021
5 Sam Hilliard 552 22 2 5 OF Now
6 Michael Toglia 544 22 3 5 1B 2022
7 Terrin Vavra 538 22 4 6,7 SS/2B 2021
8 Grant Lavigne 469 22 5 8 1B 2022
9 Aaron Schunk 444 22 6 11 3B 2022
10 Tyler Nevin 423 22 5 7,16 1B/3B 2020
11 Ben Bowden 401 21 2 12 LHP 2020
12 Karl Kauffmann 343 22 6 12,20 RHP 2022
13 Ashton Goudeau 306 18 7 14 RHP 2020
14 Ryan Castellani 303 22 5 14,16 RHP 2020
15 Brenton Doyle 262 18 9 13 OF 2022
16 Tommy Doyle 247 21 10 20,22 RHP 2021
17 Helcris Olivarez 234 18 9 10,11,21,22 LHP 2023
18 Eddy Diaz 224 17 9 17 2B/SS 2023
19 Yonathan Daza 206 17 10 14,17,19,23 OF Now
20 Antonio Santos 154 15 10 23 RHP 2021
21 Mitchell Kilkenny 152 16 12 24 RHP 2022
22 Riley Pint 150 14 12 22 RHP 2022
23 Julio Carreras 148 11 9 13,19,20 SS/3B 2023
24 Dom Nunez 147 16 10 25 C Now
NR Roberto Ramos 147 14 12 17 1B N/A
25 Justin Lawrence 131 14 14 18,24 RHP 2020
26 Jacob Wallace 129 14 11 16,21,22 RHP 2021
27 Adael Amador 121 12 10 26 SS 2025
28 Ryan Feltner 105 12 12 26 RHP 2022
29 Brian Mundell 105 10 11 25 1B 2020
30 Josh Fuentes 102 11 10 28 1B/3B Now

It was yet another easy top prospect ranking for Brendan Rodgers in this edition of the PuRPs poll, receiving 19 of 22 first place votes. This is his seventh top PuRP honors in a row. In all, 12 players were listed on every ballot, including the top 10. Note that since his profile appeared earlier in the series, Roberto Ramos was sold to the Korean Baseball Organization and therefore is no longer PuRP-eligible. That opens a spot for Josh Fuentes, who slides in as our new PuRP 30, while Vince Fernandez becomes an honorable mention PuRP.

As a reminder, 30 points were granted for a first place vote, 29 for second, etc. Until a player was named on eight 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 wasn’t applied to any 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 as well as the write-ups of the honorable mention PuRPs. Two ties were broken in the top 30 and several more in the lower reaches of the list.

There was a pretty good consensus about the top 19 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 on at least 17 of the ballots.

Some more notes:

  • 60 players received at least one vote for this PuRPs list (down from 71 last time), 48 got mentioned on multiple ballots (down from 55), and 36 were named on at least eight ballots (and therefore were unmodified). All PuRPs were named on at least 10 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 six new names compared to the mid-season 2020 list. The new PuRPs are Ashton Goudeau (13), Helcris Olivarez (17), Julio Carreras (23), Dom Nunez (24), Jacob Wallace (26), and Adael Amador (27). Only Nunez had previously been a PuRP on a prior list (and a lot of them at that).

Breaking the list down by position, there are 13 pitchers (nine of them are nominally starters with several on their way to a relief role, 10 are righties, three are southpaws, and only one is in the top 10), three outfielders, eight corner infielders, five middle infielders, and one catcher.

There are 12 PuRPs currently set to start 2020 in the major leagues or Triple-A (including three of the top five), so it won’t be long before we start seeing some of these guys producing for the Rockies, which will open up room for some new faces on future PuRP lists.