After bringing up the rear of the NL West in 2015, the Colorado Rockies climbed to third place last year with a 75-87 record as the Dodgers claimed the division crown for the fourth straight season. Now, a minor-league pipeline that ranks as one of baseball’s best has the Rockies positioned to make another jump in the standings as the club seeks its first winning season since 2010.
Prospects no longer, shortstop Trevor Story, right-hander Jon Gray and outfielder David Dahl have emerged as cogs of the Rockies’ youth movement. By the end of last season, that trio was joined by four players who rank inside the organization’s top-eight prospects – Jeff Hoffman, Raimel Tapia, Tom Murphy and German Marquez – and beyond this wave lies two of baseball’s top-10 overall prospects in Brendan Rodgers and Riley Pint.
Strongly linked to Pint in the weeks leading up to the 2016 draft, the Rockies used the No. 4 overall selection on the Kansas prep righty and gave him a $4.8 million bonus. Florida high-schooler Colton Welker got an overslot bonus in the fourth round and also makes an appearance on this list. The club signed each of its first 30 selections.