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Colorado Rockies Prospects Struggle In AFL Rising Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League is underway, and several Colorado Rockies farmhands got a chance to show their skills on the nationally-televised Rising Stars game.

The Colorado Rockies had strong representation at the Arizona Fall League (AFL) Rising Stars game, sending a trio of position players and a pitcher to the early-winter all star game: 3B Nolan Arenado, 1B Ben Paulsen, LF Tim Wheeler, and RHP Casey Weathers.

The Rockies infielders hit a combined 1 for 10 with a Tim Wheeler single being the only occasion any Colorado farmhand reached base. Wheeler, a left fielder who broke out this year in Double-A, hit 33 homers and an impressive .287/.365/.535 slash in 2011, but has yet to transfer that success into AFL numbers, hitting .239/.337/.386 and 2 HR through 88 ABs.

Nolan Arenado, ranked the Rockies' second best prospect by FranGraph's Marc Hulet, hit 20 homers and .298/.349/.487 in High-A this year. Arenado has thus far dominated the AFL, hitting .407/.421/.692 and 5 HRs in 91 AB.

Ben Paulsen struggled in Double-A in 2011, hitting .241/.296/.413 despite launching 19 homers. He has yet to homer in the 2011 AFL season, hitting just .232/.312/.290.

Former first round draft pick Casey Weathers only got one out during the Risings Stars game, hitting a batter and getting charged for an earned run. Weathers struggled in 2011, sporting an unimpressive 5.32 ERA and 5.56 FIP.

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