2009 first-round selection LHP Tyler Matzek ranks at No. 32 in the rankings, despite an inconsistent first season of professional baseball at Low-A Asheville. Matzek is projected as a future ace of the staff, and could see the major leagues by 2013.â†µ
Top positional prospect C Wilin Rosario enters the rankings at No. 49 after a breakout season at AA Tulsa. Rosario -- a free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic -- enjoyed a breakout season in 2010, hitting .285 with a .894 OPS and 19 HR while playing standout defense before tearing his ACL at the end of the season. Depending on recovery time, Rosario could be a potential callup to the Rockies by the end of the 2011 season.â†µ
2009 second-round selection 3B Nolan Arenado is ranked at No. 80 after a surprising campaign in Asheville. The young slugger opened eyes in his first professional season and was considered the best bat in the Southern Atlantic League, despite being one of it's youngest players.â†µ
A surprising omission is 2008 first round selection LHP Christian Friedrich, who struggled through a shoulder injury last season. Despite his inconsistencies in 2009, Friedrich is a legitimate candidate for a callup in 2011 or a rotation spot in 2012.