Colorado Rockies Top Prospects 2024: Adel Amador Teases Sneaky Power, Chase Dollender’s Arm Faces Coors Test

Major League Baseball’s offseason means everyone is thinking about the future. In most cities, that means next season; In some, however, it means the big picture, the next three to five years. You’re either selling a win or you’re selling hope, as the old saying goes. We here at CBS Sports want to provide as much hope as we can around this time of winter by evaluating each team’s farm system.

Of course, that doesn’t mean every team has an equally good farm system — some, as you’ll discover during this process, are lacking in that regard. Still, that means CBS Sports will spend the next two months scouting the top three prospects in each organization. We define “probable” as retaining their rookie eligibility for the 2024 season, so it’s likely if a young player is missing.

These lists and evaluations are formed after conversations with scouts, analysts and player development types. There is also firsthand evaluation and bias in the mix. Keep in mind that evaluating players is a difficult task and it’s fine if you disagree with the rankings. These are opinions, and they have no real bearing on the future. You can check our winter top 25 list by clicking here.

With that in mind, let’s get to it by dissecting the Colorado Rockies.

  • Short version: Singles and all day, runs every day.
  • MLB ETA: Late summer 2024

The switch-hitting Amador has great experience making contact and controlling the zone. Want proof? He has walked 20 more times during his professional career. Amador has a flat swing that doesn’t lend itself to big-time slugging production, but he has homered 27 times over the past two seasons, a nod to his sneaky power. Amador hits the ground ball a lot, with over 55% of his batted balls classified as grounders last season. He would rank near the top of the majors in that regard, along with the likes of Tim Anderson, Christian Yelich and William Contreras. (Obviously that’s not necessarily a good or bad thing.) Defensively, Amador is likely to end up at Keystone, if only given the smooth-fielding Ezequiel Tovar. He should start the season at Double-A, though we doubt he has a chance to finish it in the majors.

  • Short version: Talented right-hander coming off a down draft year.
  • MLB ETA: Late summer 2025

Dollander is considered the top pitcher in the class and a legitimate candidate to go No. 1 overall in the draft. He then had a rough season that saw him struggle with his fastball command. (For whatever reason, he appeared to change the grip on his well-known slider.) There’s still a lot to like about Dolander’s game, and he was a reasonable pick at No. 9 by the Rockies. Talent evaluators are concerned with other teams. Nor can Colorado help maximize its game. If it turns out to be true, that would be too bad. Here is some of the rage upside down.

  • Short version: Powerful corner-outfielder with hit-tool concerns.
  • MLB ETA: Spring 2025

Beck reached Double-A and produced slightly above average there in his first full professional season. There’s no doubting two aspects of his offensive game: He has the ability to move the ball into the opposite field, and he’s shown a willingness to take free passes (he’s ahead of system mate Yanquiel Fernandez here). The main flaw in Beck’s skill set is his hit tool. His strikeout rate has gone from 20.8% in High-A to 31.8% in Double-A, and he has the potential to hit a lot of pop-ups. That combination will restrict his ability to hit for average, putting more pressure on him to continue to bop and walk if he wants to become a big-league regular.

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