The Colorado Rockies have five rookies that could help them in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 March 2013 at 9:01 am

The Rockies have five rookies that could help them at some point in 2013.  Here’s a look at them:

Nolan Arenado:  21-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado comes into this season as the Rockies’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 134 games in AA-ball last year and he was 147 of 516 (.285 avg, .766 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers and 56 RBIs.  He has now played in 414 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 477 of 1,609 (.296 avg, .808 OPS) with 210 runs scored, 46 homers, 265 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.

Ryan Wheeler:  24-year old lefty swinging 3B/1B/OF Ryan Wheeler comes into this season as the Rockies’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wheeler played in 50 games for the D-Backs in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 26 for 109 (.239 avg, .634 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has also played in 93 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 127 of 362 (.351 avg, .960 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 15 homers, 90 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Wheeler has now played in 428 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 512 of 1,637 (.313 avg, .858 OPS) with 243 runs scored, 49 homers, 287 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Tim Wheeler:  25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tim Wheeler comes into this season as the Rockies’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 92 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 115 of 379 (.303 avg, .768 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Wheeler has now played in 427 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 473 of 1,723 (.275 avg, .790 OPS) with 304 runs scored, 52 homers, 221 RBIs and 60 stolen bases.

Rob Scahill:  26-year old righty starting pitcher Rob Scahill comes into this season as the Rockies’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in his first taste of the majors in 2012 and he was 0-0 with a 1.04 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He also pitched in 29 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 9-11 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Scahill has now pitched in 98 games (97 starts) in his 32-33 with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Rafael Ortega:  21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega comes into this season as the Rockies’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 2 games for the Rockies last year and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.167 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He also played in 114 games in A-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 140 of 495 (.283 avg, .754 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 8 homers, 60 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.  Ortega has now played in 420 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 519 of 1,706 (.304 avg, .790 OPS) with 310 runs scored, 25 homers, 221 RBIs and 147 stolen bases.

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