Counting Down Rockies Top Prospects: No. 28 Spanberger
28. Chad Spanberger, 1B
Born: 11/01/1995. B-T: L-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 235. Drafted: Arkansas, 2017 (6th round). Signed by: Jesse Retzlaf
Spanberger finally settled in at first base his junior year at Arkansas, and made more starts (58) than the previous two years combined (55). A catcher/third basemen in high school in Granite City, Ill., he saw limited time as a DH his freshman year at Arkansas and played some outfield his sophomore year. He finally became a regular as a first baseman in 2017, and responded by becoming the sixth player in Arkansas history to hit 20 home runs. He can drive the ball. And he didn’t slow down at rookie-level Grand Junction, hitting 19 more home runs with 51 RBI in 60 games, delivering 36 extra-base hits among his 69 hits. He does swing and miss, striking out 71 times in his pro debut. His power is his biggest asset. He is a work in progress defensively at first, but has embraced the challenge.