Every year, along with a bunch of other evaluators, ESPN's Keith Law reveals a variety of personal rankings of baseball's prospects, including a ranking of all 30 organizations in terms of farm system talent. The 2012 version of his organizational rankings came out on Wednesday, and the Colorado Rockies are ranked No. 13 among baseball's 30 clubs.
Law notes that he actually thinks that some people don't like the Rockies' farm system as much as they should, and that he's particularly appreciative of the depth that Colorado GM Dan O'Dowd has accumulated.
This is an underrated system, maybe even here by me. I like systems in which the prospects in the No. 8-12 range are just as interesting (if not as high-upside or high-probability) as the prospects in the No. 1-4 range, and the Rockies' lack of a complex-league team can make some of their youngest prospects look less advanced than they are when they jump right to the Pioneer League.
At the moment, Colorado's best prospects include third baseman Nolan Arenado, lefty pitcher Drew Pomeranz, catcher Wilin Rosario, right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis, outfielder Tim Wheeler and shortstop Trevor Story. Arenado is often considered the best prospect at his position in baseball going into the 2012 season, and Pomeranz could help out pretty soon.
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