Four Rockies among Pioneer League top prospects

September 27, 2010 | 10:08 am  

Four Colorado Rockies prospects from the Rookie level Casper Ghosts are among Baseball America’s top 20 for the Pioneer League:

No. 2 Albert Campos, 19, right-handed pitcher, 6-foot-4, 222: After two years in the Dominican Summer League, Campos was 4-4 with a 2.05 ERA in 15 starts at Casper. From BA’s scouting report: “Campos has long, strong legs and an upper body that only will get stronger. That portends good things for a fastball that ranges from 88-93 mph and sits at 90-91 with sink. He holds that velocity deep into starts, delivering the pitch from a high three-quarters arm slot with good downhill plane to the plate.”

No. 10, Will Swanner, 18, catcher, 6-foot-2, 185: A 15th-round pick in the 2010 draft, Swanner signed late when the Rockies have him third-round money for a signing bonus. He played just 18 games, but showed considerable power with seven home runs and little patience with zero walks. From BA’s scouting report: “Swanner’s plus bat speed was obvious, and managers were impressed by his maturity. He has the necessary tools to hit for average if he improves his approach.”

No. 12, Christhian Adames, 19, shortstop, 6-foot, 160: Not much speed or power, but his glove is ticket to the major leagues. From BA’s scouting report: “He’s a gap hitter who shows occasional power to his pull side, but it’s his glove that will continue to buy him opportunities as he moves up.”

No. 18 Rafael Ortega, 19, outfielder, 5-foot-11, 160: Ortega hit .358 and showed speed and power, although whether his power will stay with him as he moves through the system is an open question. Even without power, however, his speed, arm and range could fit at Coors Field. From BA’s scouting report: “Ortega’s bat may play just as loudly as the rest of his game. Though he has yet to reach his physical potential, he already can put a charge into the ball to his pull side.”

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