The talk about baseball's brightest young prospects continues to shift to the forefront with the season winding down, and MLB.com unveiled its 2012 list of the Colorado Rockies' best youngsters on Monday to keep the discussion going.
Along with third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was generously listed as the game's 29th-best prospect, 2011 first-round draft pick Trevor Story was also tabbed among MLB.com's top 100 players at No. 85 overall. The 19-year-old Story has an elite arm for the shortstop position and smacked 18 home runs in 122 games with the Asheville Tourists this season.
Also moving up the rankings as expected was none other than outfielder David Dahl, the team's No. 10 overall choice in the first round of this summer's MLB First-Year Entry Draft. Dahl smashed opposing pitching to the tune of a .379 average in 67 games for the Grand Junction Rockies this year, and is now currently viewed as the No. 5 prospect in Colorado's organization.
The 6'1, 205-pound Arenado entered his 2012 campaign with heavy expectations after claiming the Arizona Fall League MVP in 2011, but did not quite dominate Double-A pitching as expected with a .285 average and .337 on-base percentage in his debut campaign. Though he remains the top prospect in the Rockies' system according to MLB.com, it's promising for the Rockies that recent draftees like Story and Dahl are coming along so smoothly.
Be sure to head over to Purple Row for more Rockies coverage, and check out Baseball Nation for more news and analysis from around the league.