No. 1 Prospect Rodgers Among Spring Invites
Shortstop Brendan Rodgers, the top-ranked prospect in the Rockies system, is in the group of 17 players who have received non-roster invitation to the Rockies Major League spring training. Rodgers is among four players ranked among the top 10 Rockies prospects by Baseball America , who have been invited to the big-league camp, in addition to first baseman Ryan McMahon, the No. 2 ranked prospect who is on the Rockies 40-man Major League roster.
Other top 10 ranked prospects include right-handed pitchers Peter Lambert, fifth, and Ryan Castellani, sixth, and infielder Garrett Hampson, eighth. In addition to the players ranked among the top 10 by Baseball America, first baseman Brian Mundell is ranked No. 11, outfielder Sam Hilliard No. 14, catcher Dom Nunez, No. 16, and left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave, No. 23.
In addition to McMahon, top ranked Rockies prospects on the 40-man Major League roster include catcher Tom Murphy, No. 15, and outfielder/first baseman Jordan Patterson, No. 18.
The Rockies invites include:
Six right-handed pitchers: Castellani, Lambert, Shane Broyles, James Farris, Austin House and Brooks Pounders.
Two left-handed pitchers: Harrison Musgrave and Jerry Vasto.
Three catchers: Anthony Bemboom, Dom Nunez and Jan Vazquez.
One outfielder: Sam Hilliard.
Five infielders: Rodgers, Hampson, Daniel Castro, Brian Mundell, Shawn O’Malley.
O’Malley and Pounders are the only two of the 17 who were signed to minor-league contracts during the off-season from other organizations.
O’Malley appeared in 33 minor league games with the Mariners in 2017, and appeared in 124 major-league games over three seasons with the Mariners (2015-16) and Angels (2014). Pounders made 24 major-league appearances between time with the Angels in 2017 and Royals in 2016.