Colorado Rockies Top Prospects 2024
Colorado Rockies top prospects for dynasty fantasy baseball, including Jordan Beck, Adael Amador, Zac Veen, Sterlin Thompson, and more.
By: Nate Handy
Welcome to our team prospect rankings. Over the next two months, I will be pumping out team top prospect rankings and evaluations for dynasty baseball. These reports are generated from live looks, film study, and advanced data analysis to bring you in-depth fantasy scouting reports on every player you need to know, with today’s being the Colorado Rockies Top Prospects.
Not all 30 players in each writeup will be dynasty relevant, but many will, and if you play in a deep league, certainly most of the names will be worth knowing.
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Colorado Rockies Top Prospects
1. Jordan Beck, OF, 22, 6’3”/225
The 38th pick of the 2022 draft had a successful first full pro season, slashing .292/.378/.566 with a respectable 20.8 K% and 13.5 BB% over 76 games in the age-appropriate high-A Northwest League, which included 20 HR. Beck then earned a promotion to double-A Hartford for the final 50 games whereupon he homered in his 4th, 5th, and 6th appearances but saw his strikeout rate jump 11% and SLG drop 160 points during the entirety of the AA run, exuding more swing and miss and chase down the stretch.
Beck projects as an average to above-average MLB outfielder, capable of playing CF with average to above-average speed. Speed could be a part of Beck’s fantasy game, as he stole 20 bases in 2023, but the MLB speed production may end up situationally dependent, specifically on how many lopsided games the Rockies find themselves in.
The dream of an everyday right-handed 30-home run hitter throwing in some bags, and perhaps even a small plus in the ratios (Coors BABIP and SLG benefits), may not be far-fetched here. Poor swing choices and whiff may be the biggest hurdle, but this organization has more patience with such things than others, and Beck’s going to have ample opportunity in the uppers to work on it in 2024, with an organization I wouldn’t put past sneaking in a 2024 debut. Given the fantasy upside, everyday player upside, and relative safety in Beck’s profile in an organization putting heavy weight on defense. I give Beck a slight, generic fantasy edge over others deserving of that “#1 for fantasy” in the system.
FFG: Power/Speed OF with High OBP
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .280/.360/25 HR/20 SB
2. Adael Amador, 2B/SS, 20, 6’/200
“The most talented teenage bat we’ve ever had,” is how some in the org viewed Amador in rookie ball. The switch-hitting Dominican has backed it over his minor-league career slashing .290/.399/.457, walking 155 times to just 136 strikeouts. 2023 culminated in a double-A cup of coffee at the end of his 20-yo season. Amador’s strikeout and walk rates have declined as he’s moved along a system seemingly into more aggressive approaches. (13.5 BB% 2021 in CPX to 12.0% 2023 in A+/14.5 K% 2021 CPX to 10.0% 2023 A+.) It’s a 70-grade hit tool by those who speak the language. The contact rates checked in at 94 percent in-zone and 89 percent overall, some of the best in all of baseaball.
Lacking the stature and physique of your stereotypical MIFer, Amador is capable of MLB-average play at both spots. With SS seemingly taken for the foreseeable future, 2B seems Amador’s best shot at everyday run with the Rockies. With strength, bat speed, and ability to hit the ball out in front (47.5% pull rate in 2023) on his side, Amador’s power production outlook remains quite questionable. The home run pace in places they are supposed to be bountiful never exceeded 20, and groundball rates have been climbing over the last three seasons, reaching an ugly 2023 55%.
In a real-life sense, Amador is far and away my #1 choice here, but in a fantasy sense, the appeal seems capped with hopes of more power production, feeling irresponsible at this juncture. Considering peak stolen bases around 15 to 20, Amador feels fantasy format-dependent, some of which, he is the best investment here. The Rockies and Amador seem correct, humming along this high AVG/high OBP track, it’s just our fantasy games don’t always reward these types well. The best contact hitter in a long time, Luis Arraez, is a middling fantasy asset. A couple of ticks less on the ratios and a couple of ticks up on the counting stats of Arraez’ may be the best it can get for fantasy owners with Amador.
FFG: High-Hit Tool MI
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .310/.390/15 HR/20 SB
3. Zac Veen, OF, 22, 6’3”/190
The 9th pick of the 2020 draft’s pro career hit a crossroads late in 2022, whereupon Veen spoke publicly about “getting back to himself at the plate” while getting his double-A feet wet, implying he was ditching plate principals instilled during his lower minor stops. He finished his 2022 Hartford run, slashing .177/.262/.234, striking out at his highest rate (29.8%), walking at his lowest rate (9.9%), and mustering one home run over 141 PAs. Veen followed up with an attention-grabbing 2022 AFL. Veen then faltered during his second double-A run in early 2023, slashing .209/.304/.308 over 201 PAs before calling it quits, having season-ending surgery on his left hand. Veen cut his K% by 7.3% over this short run, but there wasn’t much else to feel good about production-wise.
Only the elite of the elite can get away with adding something to their offense without giving up something else. Veen may be searching to add more thump to his game, which saw 15 A-ball HR go to 11 high-A HR and SLG drop 62 points. There was an obvious, concerted effort to get Veen hitting to all fields in the lowers, whereupon 10 Oppo% points have turned into ten double-A pull% points, and 10-12% of line drives have been beaten into the ground, leaving wonder of a shift in bat path.
On the basepaths, Veen has been on a more-smart-than-burner terror throughout his career, stealing 113 bases in 278 games. Defensively, Veen has the reputation of being an average OFer, but in my looks, he is a smart fielder (who suavely deeks runners) with a decent arm and might be better than the reputation, especially if a bit more efficiency comes with his routes.
This is a tricky analysis for fantasy owners. Stolen bases may carry the value here, but it’s hard to predict the future at the plate when he himself searches for his offensive identity. Veen gets 50 power grades, but there were some giant pulled monster shots down in Fresno, teasing a tantalizing left-handed power/speed combo he seems to want to be. Veen may have to give up the power production dream to become MLB viable though. The comfort here is he’s shown the ability to be a higher contact, all-fields hitter with speed and a little pop if it turns out he isn’t the rarest of breeds capable of doing it all.
FFG: SB Asset With Pop
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .275/.360/25 HR/40 SB
Variance: Very High
Buy/Sell: Buy Low
4. Sterlin Thompson, 2B/COF/3B, 22, 6’4”/200
The 31st pick of the 2022 draft has long been lauded for his hit tool, and nothing seems to have changed as a pro. Thompson slashed .323/.399/.520 over 263 high-A PAs in 2023 with a 16% strikeout rate. Like many Rockies bats, Thompson is a fairly aggressive hitter, only walking 8.7% of the time over that span. He was promoted to Double-A for the last 34 games of 2023 and went .238/.333/.429, striking out 6% more often, but walked a bit more and matched his 7 Spokane home runs with seven more. Thompson stole 17 bases on the season but doesn’t project to be much of a base stealer. Thompson finished 2023 with a .338/.460/.475, 0 HR, 7 SB AFL showing.
Thompson hits the ball out in front at a high clip (44.9 Pull%) via his line drive approach from a strong frame (26.2%) but doesn’t use (or have) bat speed projecting lofty home run output at this juncture. Paired with questionable defensive ability, it’s tricky to see where Thompson fits long-term. Is he an everyday player? A strong left-handed bat, semi-regular, can you plug into a few defensive spots short-term? The offensive skill could play up nicely at Coors, and strong mechanics give me wonder if more HRs can come by sacrificing contact. Thompson feels like a nice dynasty prospect to be sitting on but not a priority asset.
FFG: Hit Tool First Bat with Multi-Position Eligibility
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .285/.365/20 HR/10 SB
5. Drew Romo, C, 22, 5’11”/205
The Rockies selected the switch-hitting prep catcher out of Texas, lauded for his defense, acumen, and fire, 35th during the 2020 draft. Prep catchers can be a dicey demographic for dynasty owners, especially ones questioned on offensive upside. Thus, such a high draft selection was left hardly rostered, but there’s been more offense developed here than predicted, to the point Romo has found more double-A success than the first four on our list. His offensive capabilities may be undersold.
Romo, much better from the left side than right, slashed .295/.361/.542 with 10 HR and an 18% strikeout rate over his final 217 double-A PAs, earning a brief cup of triple-A coffee to finish off the ‘23 campaign. Another aggressive hitter in the system who doesn’t strike out at an alarming rate (never above 20%), Romo seems more settled into his optimal approach at the plate than others. He posted strong zone-contact rates while also seeing his chase rate trend downward throughout the 2023 season.
The fantasy catcher bar is the lowest, but it’s fair to wonder if Romo’s fantasy value, prorated, may be just as enticing as anyone else here. Romo has more security in his future MLB role than others, with a 2024 debut on the table. Romo’s intangibles and defensive prowess present him an opportunity to lockdown the long-term catching job relatively soon, and there’s offensive potential to settle into a very serviceable to maybe even plus fantasy regular. The fantasy catcher landscape is improving but hitting .240-.250ish (Coors help accepted) with 20ish HR plays.
FFG: 15-Team C Relevant
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .260/.330/20 HR/5 SB
6. Hunter Goodman, 1B, 24, 6’1”/210
The 2021 4th rounder out of Memphis with highbrow power-hitting mechanics has been a developmental success story. Classically, home run potential comes with dream-crushing strikeout potential. But Goodman has managed to maintain his top shelf 20%+ HR/FB rate through all levels of the minors whilst letting his 23% college strikeout rate only tick up 1-2% as a pro while also increasing his fly ball percentage. That’s a good recipe to lead the minors in home runs over the last two seasons, which Goodman did (70).
The Rockies have been aggressive with some of their MLB hopefuls, bypassing extended Triple-A stops calling Goodman up after only a few weeks with Albuquerque. Goodman’s 77 MLB PA introduction resulted in just one home run and a strikeout rate north of 30%.
These are tough profiles to hit on for dynasty owners, but when they hit, they can be dynasty game-changers. Goodman has one last level to prove he can do it, and it seems the Rockies are fixing to find out if he can (it’s not like there’s some rush to get to championship level), but they might have to be creative finding him 2024 MLB PAs as he seems the odd man out waiting for a Kris Bryant injury. In this viewer's opinion, there might be a better shot at a 40 HR bat minus an awful BA than some think, albeit a profile capable of completely crashing.
FFG: Power Hitting CI
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .270/.340/30 HR/2 SB
7. Sean Bouchard, COF, 27, 6’3”/215
The 9th rounder from the 2017 draft lost his MLB rookie eligibility but is still a prospect by most dynasty league definitions. The former UCLA Bruin is positioned to seize an everyday role in 2024. Perhaps a bit of a late bloomer; injuries have played a part in Bouchard’s slow-rolling career, but there are fantasy-capable offensive skills here. Bouchard slashed .304/.429/.563 with 7 HR over his first 140 MLB PA while striking out 28% of the time.
After the bicep healed and he knocked off some rust, Bouchard was scorching hot when the season ended, going 12 for his last 38 with 4 HR. At the dynasty crossroads of Everyday Job Lane and Highly Questionable Outcomes Boulevard sits an OF bat who might be capable of 25 HR in 2024 if it all goes swimmingly. Bouchard isn’t going to steal you bases and is projected by Steamer to hit .253/.344/.452 over 190 PA with 3 HR.
FFG: Hit Tool First OF
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .300/.370/20 HR/5 SB
8. Robert Calaz, OF, 17, 6’2”/202
If there’s a fantasy superstar in this system, Calaz may be it, but it’s a huge IF. They say the teenage Dominican can hit the ball very hard for his age. The few videos of Calaz out there from 2023 don’t show much but look intriguing. An athletic everydayer, perhaps destined for COF, with potential big power with OK contact skills, seems the dream. There’s a handful of DSL bats worth watching out for in 2024 from the system with Calaz at the forefront. We shall see.
FFG: Power Hitting OF
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .270/.350/25 HR/10 SB
9. Cole Carrigg, CF/SS/C, 21, 6’3” 180
The 65th pick of the 2023 draft and the Rockies might end up a crazy enough marriage if it works out brilliantly. The former San Diego Aztec switch-hitter can play anywhere in the field.
This is an athlete at the plate in need of refinement, but the Rockies might be the best place for him, as they let raw hitters with elite gloves and plus athleticism take all the hacks they want, trying to muster up MLB offensive damage from these plus to double plus defenders.
This isn’t their first rodeo with such a player in this system, and the first 101 A-ball PAs saw Carrigg’s aggressive approach stay under a 20% strikeout rate, hitting 3 HR, stealing six bases while slashing .326/.376/.554 in Fresno. The range of outcomes is vast here, from complete dynasty zero to gold glove caliber real-life player saving enough runs in the field to make up for below-average offense…to…better?
FFG: Multi-Position Eligibile
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: .280/.330/15 HR/20 SB
10. Chase Dollander, RHP, 22, 6’2”/200
Heading into the 2023 college baseball season, the former Tennessee Volunteer was considered the consensus #1 arm in the class. It didn’t unfold that way as Dollander’s stuff ticked down, and he ended up as the third pitcher off the board at #9 overall.
There are potential plus to double-plus offerings here, but Coors Field provides the ultimate bugaboo for dynasty owners, with less than stellar pitching production coming regardless of pitchers’ skill levels. Rockies pitching prospects are a non-starter for most, which is fair, but if anyone’s going to beat the stacked fantasy odds, Dollander feels like the best bet in the system to do it.
FFG: A Rockies Ace, but a cherry bomb for fantasy managers
90th Percentile Peak Outcome: 160 IP/3.50 ERA/175 K
Buy/Sell: Sell Because Coors
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