The MLB Draft, the All-Star Break, and the Trade Deadline are in the rearview mirror. That means it’s time for a new edition of the Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs) list — Purple Row’s community farm system Top 30 ranking — to rank the new additions to the system as well as the holdovers who have risen and fallen with their production during the 2022 season! Since the last time we voted in March (here’s the pre-season 2022 list), some prospects lost their eligibility, whether from exceeding their rookie status or leaving the organization, while of course the MLB draft (but not the trade deadline) have added new players to be evaluated. It’s an important evaluation period for the Rockies, who have many potential names to add to the 40-man roster this off-season to avoid losing them in minor league free agency or the Rule 5 draft. Colorado’s farm system is still generally ranked in the bottom half in MLB by the national prospect watchers. That written, there are plenty of future Rockies in the system and this is still one of my favorite Purple Row threads each year. Let’s get to it!
As is the case at this point of the season every year, our Power Rankings tally was all over the place among our group of voters. It’s way too early to glean much from less than two weeks of play; win-loss records, more often than not, indicate very little at this point. There are teams off to slow starts (Twins, Phillies, Brewers, for example) who can probably count on things evening out as time goes on, and a few others who might have started a little quicker than expected (though we see you and your positive run differential, Rockies, and we send a hat tip your way).
The Rockies are a perfect microcosm of this phenomenon, just without striking out opponents as the Rockies have the lowest number in baseball at 432 on the season. The Rockies starters have combined for a 4.17 ERA, which is 16th best in the MLB. That number climbs when you factor in the bullpen (No. 24 at 4.67), but the Rockies starters have often kept Colorado in games. On the flip side, the Rockies offense has failed to score more than two runs in one-third of their games (19 of 57), including 10 shutouts. In most categories, the Colorado offense is – no surprise – toward the end of the pack. The Rockies rank No. 19 in batting average at .233, No. 22 in on-base percentage at .302, and are tied for 21st in slugging percentage at .380. They are tied for 23rd in homers at 53, 22nd in strikeouts at 514, and rank in the middle of the pack at 15th in runs scored (247) and walks (181).
Jenny Cavnar interviews Story, Dahl, Freeland and Bud Black
In what has to be an incredible honor, Kyle Freeland's high school alma mater, Thomas Jefferson in Denver retired his number 21 jersey in a school-wide assembly on Monday afternoon. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain's Taylor McGregor was there to capture the special moment.
Ryan McMahon is having a good Spring Training, to say the least. He's hitting .429 with two home runs and nine RBI in 42 spring at bats, good for a 1.241 OPS. Well, that just went up with this home run. Yes, #SpringStatsDoNotMatter but c'mon, this is fun.
In a press conference at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick today, the Rockies officially announced Nolan Arenado's record contract extension. When the mic came to the third basemen, he got a little emotional and I reckon you will too when you watch.
Seunghwan Oh has had a pretty incredible professional career, from being one of the best relievers in the history of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), to becoming a superstar closer in Japan, to trotting across the major leagues. This winter, he commissioned an artist to put that journey to the page and it's pretty incredible. Oh is and always will be cooler than me. And probably you, too.
It's just another reason to love Trevor Story.
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