Three Rockies prospects among BA’s top 100

February 23, 2011 | 9:07 am | 3  

Baseball America released its annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball and three Colorado Rockies landed on the list:

No 32: Tyler Matzek, LHP: The Rockies’ top pick in 2009 was the team’s highest-ranked prospect on the list. He dropped slightly from the 2010 list when he ranked No. 23, but received a slightly higher grade from BA, up to 70 from 65 on an 80 scale. His ETA is 2013.

No. 49, Wilin Rosario, C: The 22-year-old catcher makes his debut on the list among the upper half of the game’s prospects despite missing the final month of the 2010 season with a knee injury. He, too, comes in with a grade of 70 and BA predicts his ETA as 2012.

No. 80, Nolan Arenado, 3B: Another first-timer on the list, Arenado — a second-round pick in 2009 — debuts with a grade of 65 and an ETA of 2013.

Two Rockies fell off the list since last year: Christian Friedrich, who ranked No. 33 in 2010, fell off the list after a season hampered by a series of injuries; and Jhoulys Chacin, who ranked No. 71, graduated to the majors.


  • Bob in WV | February 23, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    Wow! If Nos. 32 and 49 actually turn out better than last year’s No. 71, watch out!

  • Swam | February 23, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    Hypothetically if Iannetta went down with an injury or faltered greatly do you think the Rox would give Rosario an early look in the majors or would someone like McKenry be a better fill-in while Rosario stays on his development schedule?

  • Steve Foster | February 23, 2011 | 10:01 pm

    Depends on when the hypothetical happened and how close Rosario comes to picking up where he left off. The Rockies aren’t going to rush Rosario now — they’ve pushed him at each level in the minors and he has responded, but this last step won’t happen until the Rockies are certain he’s ready and healthy. That said, he isn’t far off. I would be shocked to see Rosario any time before July and a September callup is far more realistic, but a callup any time after midsummer wouldn’t surprise me if he gets off to a good start at Triple-A.