Baseball Prospectus came out with their latest grading of the 2014 season, ranking the top-50 prospects during the halfway point. To check out the article (most be a subscriber), follow the link to check out the goods.
Jon Gray would be the first Colorado Rockie off the board as he was ranked the 11th best prospect. Gray is going through his first, full-season at the Double-A level with the Tulsa Drillers where he currently is 7-4 on the season with an ERA of 4.04. The numbers (in terms of ERA) may not look all that good, but Gray has wipe out stuff needed at the next level.
Gray has accumulated 82.1 innings pitched thus far, giving up 37 earned runs on 77 hits, walking 24 and striking out 76. His strikeouts per nine is pretty good, considering it sits at 8.3. I know many Rockies fans can’t wait to see what this kid can do at the next level, but they have to be patient with him and his development throughout the minor league system.
Next up, David Dahl clocks in at number 24 on the list. Dahl only played in 10 games last season for the Asheville Tourists due to a torn hamstring that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Dahl has bounced back this season and is currently hitting at a line of .297/.339/.503 with 26 doubles, 6 triples, 10 home runs, and 33 RBI’s. Dahl also possesses impressive speed as the outfielder has swiped 19 bags this season.
Last but not least, Raimel Tapia finishes off the list for the Rockies at the number 35 spot. Tapia wasn’t a highly-touted prospect moving throughout the Rockies system but caught the eye of many scouts following hios 2013 season with the Grand Junction Rockies.
Tapia hit .357/.399/.562 last season for the Gj Rockies, collecting 20 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs, and 47 RBI’s. This season at 20-years-old for the Asheville Tourists, Tapia is hitting .325/.378/.454 with 19 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, and 51 RBI’s.
Jon Gray – 11th
David Dahl – 24th
Raimel Tapia – 35th