Five High-A Jet Hawks Recognized in BB America Top Tools Rankings
Five players from the Rockies High-A affiliate at Lancaster were selected in Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey for each full-season minor-league.
Rockies prospects recognized are:
Triple A Albuquerque
Pacific Coast League
Best baserunner: Raimel Tapia, who is hitting .306 and has been successful on 20 of 21 stolen bases attempts.
Best defensive 3B: Josh Fuentes, cousin of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Signed as an undrafted player out of Missouri Baptist in 2014, Fuentes is hitting .319 with 12 home runs and 86 RBI.
Double A Hartford
Best infield arm: Shortstop Brendan Rodgers, who has since been promoted to Albuquerque. He has been a mid-season All-Star in all three of his full minor league seasons.
Best changeup and reliever: RHP Matt Pierpoint, a 26th round draft choice out of Wintrhop in 2013, who has 27 saves in his third year at Hartford.
Best control: Right-hander Peter Lambert, the top ranked pitched in the Rockies organization, was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA and walked only 12 batters in 92 2/3 innings before his promotion to Albuquerque.
High A Lancaster
Best Power: Roberto Ramos hit 17 home runs in 60 games before being promoted to Double-A Hartford, where he has hit 12 more in 47 games. He struck out 65 times in 214 at-bats at Lancaster, but has 53 strikeouts in 145 at-bats at Hartford.
Best Reliever: Justin Lawrence has nine saves and a 2.74 ERA for the Jet Hawks. He has 57 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.
Best Defensive Catcher: Brian Serven, a fifth-round draft out of Arizona State in 2016, has hit .274 with 12 home runs.
Best Defensive 2B: Max George, a sixth-round draft choice out of Regis High School in 2014. He is hitting .208 but has 12 home runs.
Best Defensive 3B: Colton Welker, the Rockies fourth-round draft in 2016, is hitting .333 with 11 home runs.
Low A Asheville
South Atlantic League
Best Fastball: Robert Tyler, a supplemental pick (38th overall) out of University of Georgia, in 2016. Missed 2017 season with shoulder fatigue. Recently promoted to High-A Lancaster, but opened the season in bullpen at Asheville, where he struck out 52 in 38 1/3 innings of 34 appearances. He was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA.
Best Defensive 2B: Brett Boswell, eighth-round draft in 2017 out of the University of Texas, has hit .293 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI. Boswell was promoted to High-A Lancaster.
Best Bat: Chad Spanberger, who was the main player in the package the Rockies sent to Toronto for reliever Seunghwan Oh.