PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: U.S. Futures All-Star Nolan Arenado #12 of the Colorado Rockies stands on base during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

MLB Top Prospects 2012: Nolan Arenado Ranked No. 26 By ESPN's Keith Law

Top prospect list for the 2012 MLB season are appearing, and in Keith Law's top 100 the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado comes in at No. 26, the highest of three Rockies prospects.

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2012 MLB Top Prospects: Nolen Arenado Ranked No. 23 In New Keith Law Rankings

ESPN's top prospect analyst, Keith Law, has updated his Top 25 Prospects rankings. Most notable to Colorado Rockies fans is the appearance of prospect 3B Nolan Arenado at No. 23:

23. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies (age 21)
Current level: Double-A (Tulsa)
Preseason ranking: 26

Now that the preseason hysteria that had some folks calling for Arenado to get the starting third-base job in Denver has died down, he looks more like the prospect he always was: a high-contact hitter who should hit 20-25 homers at sea level with adequate defense at third.

Playing in Double-A for the first time in his career, the 21-year-old Arenado has hit an impressive .303/.352/.436 slash with 3 home runs.

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2012 MLB Top Prospects: 4 Rockies Prospects Earn Top 100 Honors With Baseball America

Baseball America has released it latest its rankings of the 2012 Top 100 Prospect, featuring four different Rockies prospects. LHP Drew Pomeranz came in top among the Rockies players, earning a No. 30 placement:

30 Drew Pomeranz lhp, Rockies Age: 23. ETA: 2012.
Walk rate keeps dropping, from college (4.38 BB/9) to minors (3.74) to majors (2.45).

Pomeranz pitched 12 and 1/3 innings in the majors in 2012, earning a 5.40 ERA while striking out 6.4 batters per 9 innings and walking 2.5 batters per 9. In his 101 minor league innings, Pomeranz held an impressive 1.78 ERA while splitting time between High-A and Double-A.

In addition to Pomeranz, the Rockies also placed 3B Nolan Arenado at No. 42. The 20-year-old Arenado hit a strong .298/.349/.487 slash in 583 High-A plate appearances. Baseball America anticipates Arenado will reach the majors in 2013.

Here is the list of all of Baseball America's top Rockies prospects:

30) LHP Drew Pomeranz
42) 3B Nolan Arenado
86) RHP Chad Bettis
87) C Wilin Rosario

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2012 MLB Prospects: Nolan Arenado Leads 3 Rockies On Keith Law's Top 100

The Colorado Rockies received the No. 13 ranking from Keith Law in his organizational rankings and now his top 100 includes several Rockies prospects. In his top 100 list (Insider required), Law puts third baseman Nolan Arenado at No. 26, left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz at No. 45 and right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis at No. 91.

Arenado will be given a shot at winning third base during Spring Training, but if he starts the season in the minor leagues he will play for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Arenado will turn 21 on April, making the latest young phenom who will look to make an impact for the Rockies. He should play solid defense, hit for average and have mid-20 home run power to start off his career.

Pomeranz, of course, was the jewel of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade and pitched for the Rockies in September. He will compete for a rotation spot during Spring Training.

Bettis has been able to pump his fastball up to three digits in the past, but that's not something he'll be able to do consistently if the Rockies keep him as a starter, which he has been doing since he was drafted by the club. Law sees Bettis as a No. 4 starter with the current set of skills he has right now, but he still sees a relief role in the future.

For more coverage of all things Denver sports, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of the Rockies, visit Purple Row. For more on the Rockies prospects and world of minor league baseball, drop by Minor League Ball with John Sickels. For more updates on the MLB season, check out Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.

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