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Nolan Arenado, Josh Rutledge make Texas League Top 20 Prospects List

A trio of Rockies prospects have landed on Baseball America's Texas League Top 20 Prospects list after strong 2012 seasons.

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The Colorado Rockies had a rough 2012 season at the big league level, but several of their minor-league prospects have landed on Baseball America's Top 20 Prospects lists.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado was ranked No. 8 on Baseball America's Texas League Top 20 Prospects list after a solid season for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Ranked by Baseball America as the organization's No. 2 prospect heading into the 2012 season, Arenado hit .285 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 134 games for the Drillers.

Arenado is joined on the list by shortstop/second baseman Josh Rutledge at No. 13. The 23-year-old Rutledge started the season in Tulsa before getting called up to the big leagues in mid-July. While with the Drillers, Rutledge hit .306 with 13 home runs, 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 87 games. The former third-round pick handled the jump to the MLB-level very well, as he hit .274 with 8 home runs and 37 RBI in 73 games for the Rockies.

Also appearing on the Texas League Top 20, is left-hander Edwar Cabrera. The 24-year old was 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 starts for the Drillers. He was also called upon to make two spot-starts for a thin Rockies starting rotation this season, and spent the month of July at Triple-A Colorado Springs.