12:12 AM EST, Fri January 18, 2019
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PuRP No. 21, Vince Fernandez

PuRP No. 21, Vince Fernandez

Fernandez is a three true outcome hitting prospect 21. Vince Fernandez (295 points, 26 ballots) From his relatively humble beginnings as a bat-first corner outfield prospect drafted in the 10th round, Vince Fernandez knew he would need to distinguish himself at the plate to make a case for a 40 man roster opportunity. After three straight years of mashing, first at rookie ball then at Low A and then High A, the 23-year-old enters 2019 in contention for one of those spots. If Fernandez can continue his batting success in Double-A, he may well secure one, even as a player with extreme Three...
16 hours ago
Thursday Rockpile: Time Keeps On Slippin’

Thursday Rockpile: Time Keeps On Slippin’

Rockies news and links for January 17, 2019 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame: Larry Walker’s numbers prove he’s worthy of induction, but he’s running out of chances | CBS SportsColorado Rockies great Larry Walker is worthy of the Hall of Fame, writes R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports. Here at Purple Row, we’ve delved extensively into the numbers on Walker and have made the case for his induction. The biggest problem facing Walker at this juncture is time. This is Walker’s “penultimate” year on the ballot. He’s made good traction, having garnered two-third of all votes thus far, but that...
Jan 16, 2019
Colorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 22, Daniel Montano

Colorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 22, Daniel Montano

Despite an underwhelming stateside debut, Montano has the pedigree to someday contribute in the majors 22. Daniel Montano (270 points, 26 ballots) After years of anticipation since he signed for $2 million out of Venezuela in 2015, Daniel Montano finally made his stateside debut after two strong years in the Dominican Summer League. Rockies prospects who have posted two 120+ wRC+ marks in the DSL, especially at age 17 and 18, have tended to do very well when they do come stateside, which is why Montano’s debut was one that was much awaited by PuRPs voters. After that long wait,...
Jan 16, 2019
Wednesday Rockpile: LeMahieu off to the Big Apple

Wednesday Rockpile: LeMahieu off to the Big Apple

Rockies news and links for January 16, 2019 After 7 “special years” in Colorado, DJ LeMahieu says going from Rockies to Yankees is exciting, not intimidating | Denver Post ($) DJ LeMahieu, after a nerve-wrackingly slow offseason, says he’s excited to start playing for the Yankees. With the $24 million, two-year deal, the Yankees hope to utilize LeMahieu all over the infield, not only at second base. The change in teams will mean not only a change in position, but also change in exposure for LeMahieu. The Rockies are not covered very much in the national media, whereas the Yankees are...
Jan 15, 2019
Colorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 23, Robert Tyler

Colorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 23, Robert Tyler

Tyler has a big arm, but injuries have held back his progress 23. Robert Tyler (261 points, 28 ballots) Robert Tyler looks like a pitching prospect straight out of central casting. He possesses a rocket right arm that flirts with triple digits, stands 6’4”, 226 pounds, and has the pedigree of a (supplemental) first round pick with a $1.7 million signing bonus. Of course, Tyler could only be accurately cast for a baseball movie like Major League in which you really only need one hellish fastball to mow down big-leaguers left and right. Okay, that’s not exactly fair: Tyler also boasts a...
Jan 15, 2019
Tuesday Rockpile: Larry, Larry, Quite Contrary

Tuesday Rockpile: Larry, Larry, Quite Contrary

Rockies news and links for January 15, 2019 Larry Walker’s Hall of Fame chances are improving. Here’s what’s fueling the former Rockies OF’s rise. | The Denver Post ($)At last check, Colorado Rockies’ great Larry Walker had garnered 66 percent of the vote from eligible Hall of Fame balloters. This is by far the most support Walker has received since his name first appeared on the ballot in 2011. Patrick Saunders (who was named Colorado Sportswriter of the Year on Monday) spoke to many voters who both back Walker and do not believe he is worthy of enshrinement. For those who...
Jan 14, 2019
The Rockies look poised to go young at second base

The Rockies look poised to go young at second base

The Rockies have a lot of young, talented players itching for playing time. This might be their shot to finally prove themselves. With the departure of DJ LeMahieu at the end of 2018, the Rockies had a hole to fill at second base. Left on their roster are two young candidates — Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson. If they want to, they could give Brendan Rodgers a shot at the position with a good showing in spring training. Although it would not have been surprising if the team pursued a veteran, that does not appear to be the case. On December 21, the Rockies signed free agent 1B/2B...
Jan 14, 2019
PuRP No. 24, Sam Howard

PuRP No. 24, Sam Howard

Howard spent time in the big leagues in 2018. 24. Sam Howard (228 points, 19 ballots) Though they are both left-handed starting pitcher prospects, Sam Howard and the man who ranked just below him on the 2019 preseason Purple Row Prospects list, Breiling Eusebio, are markedly different as prospects. Whereas Eusebio is raw, injured, and far away but possesses excellent stuff, Howard is Major League ready and polished but his ceiling is limited to a back-end starter/long man role by a middling repertoire. Of course, “middling” may only be a fair term when comparing Howard to other pitchers...
Jan 14, 2019
Monday Rockpile: The 2018 Red Sox and the 2019 Rockies

Monday Rockpile: The 2018 Red Sox and the 2019 Rockies

Rockies news and links for January 14, 2019 Colorado Rockies: Drawing parallels between the Rockies and Red Sox | Rox Pile The Red Sox were World Series champs in 2018, and they played like it all year long. They spent some big dollars for some players, but that’s almost always a given. The Rockies did spend a bit more than usual, but still nothing like the Red Sox. Regardless of this, they didn’t rely solely on the players they spent big on. A lot of the strategy was critical, between selecting promising prospects and arranging the best lineup. The current projected roster for these...
Jan 13, 2019
PuRP No. 25, Breiling Eusebio

PuRP No. 25, Breiling Eusebio

Eusebio remains a high potential prospect after Tommy John surgery 25. Breiling Eusebio (222 points, 20 ballots) Eusebio’s case as a prospect rests on scouting reports, which have in the past said he clearly had the best stuff in the system among left-handed starting pitching prospects. While that may not still be the case in the wake of signing Ryan Rolison, the scouting consensus is that Eusebio remains a potent arm in the system. Unfortunately, Eusebio could do little in 2018 to bolster those opinions, as his season was limited to just 9 1⁄3 innings with Low A Asheville (he struck...
Jan 13, 2019
Sunday Rockpile: Work of Arb

Sunday Rockpile: Work of Arb

Rockies news and links for January 13, 2019 Win or lose, Arenado in line for arbitration record | MLB.comNolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies did not reach agreement on a contract for the 2019 season by Friday’s 11 AM MT arbitration filing deadline. In his final year of arbitration before free agency, Arenado requested $30 million, while the Rockies countered with a $24 million offer. MLB Trade Rumors predicted a $26.1 million contract for Arenado. Any of these figures would break the current record for a single-season arbitration contract, which was set by Josh Donaldson at $23...
Jan 12, 2019
PuRP No. 26, Roberto Ramos

PuRP No. 26, Roberto Ramos

Ramos has emerged as a first base prospect in the Rockies’ system 26. Roberto Ramos (188 points, 22 ballots) Much as Brian Mundell had the year before, Roberto Ramos rose to prominence in 2018 among PuRPs voters as a first baseman laying waste to the High A California League. The 6’5”, 220 pound Beeflord was assigned to High A in 2018 for the third time after a 114 wRC+ campaign in 2017 (and an injury-shortened 89 PA cameo the year prior) in which he hit .297/.351/.444 while splitting time with Mundell. The Mexican native, a lefty swinger and righty thrower, quickly proved that he...
Jan 12, 2019
Saturday Rockpile: A DJ to Remember

Saturday Rockpile: A DJ to Remember

Rockies news and links for January 12, 2019 Report: DJ LeMahieu leaves Rockies to join New York Yankees | Mile High SportsThe Rockies officially bid adieu to their second baseman of seven seasons on Friday as DJ LeMahieu signed a 2-year, $24 million deal with the New York Yankees. As Rich Kurtzman of Mile High Sports notes, LeMahieu will reunite with another former Rockies’ infielder in the Bronx, joining shortstop Troy Tulowitzki up the middle. While it hurts to see the loss of a Gold Glove second baseman and fan favorite, the move does provide a clearer path to playing time for Ryan...
Jan 11, 2019
Rockies agree to terms with seven of their eight arbitration-eligible players

Rockies agree to terms with seven of their eight arbitration-eligible players

Friday was the deadline for teams to exchange arbitration figures. The Rockies have signed all of their arbitration-eligible players— except Nolan Arenado. Friday was the deadline for teams to come to terms with their arbitration-eligible players. The Colorado Rockies had eight such players with contracts to figure out for the 2019 season. Here are the individual cases: Nolan Arenado was the one player that the Rockies failed to agree to terms with on Friday. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Rockies had filed at $24 million, while Arenado was seeking $30 million. MLB...
Jan 11, 2019
Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs) Offseason 2019

Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs) Offseason 2019

Purple Row’s biannual tradition continues as we rank the top 30 prospects in the system Here is everything related to the 2019 preseason Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs) list, our community’s ranking of the top 30 Colorado Rockies prospects. The top 30 prospects will be revealed individually from January 7 to the start of spring training to provide some more information for Rockies fans on those little pebbles down on the farm. Included in this stream is the polling thread, the introduction, the five honorable mention PuRPs, and then a post each for the top 30.