NEW YORK -- Rockies Class A shortstop Brendan Rodgers has improved four spots to No. 8 on the latest MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list. Advancement is a common theme among the organization's highest-ranked prospects.
Rodgers, who turns 20 on Aug. 9 and was the 2015 No. 3 overall Draft pick out of Lake Mary, Fla., is playing at Class A Asheville and hitting .278 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 52 RBIs entering Thursday.
Five Rockies are in the new Top 100. Based on prospect points, which compare teams based on number of prospects and rank, the Rockies have the ninth-best system in the Majors. That's down from the preseason rank of No. 2, although a big chunk of the drop was due to the fact right-handed starting pitcher Jon Gray graduated from the list and is having a standout rookie year for Colorado.
The Rockies' Top 30 list also has been updated. New in the top 10 are German Marquez, up from 14th to seventh, and fellow Double-A Hartford righty Antonio Senzatela, who went from 12th to ninth despite an early bout with right shoulder soreness.
The ranking of baseball's top prospects is done by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. Only players with rookie status are eligible for the list. The rankings follow the Collective Bargaining Agreement guidelines for which players fall under the international pool money rules: Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
Rockies prospects listed among the Top 100:
• The list can only barely contain outfielder David Dahl, whose strong performance at Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque earned him a promotion to the Majors on Monday. Dahl, who moved up from third to second on the Rockies' Top 30 list, is the second-highest ranked Rockies prospect at No. 20 -- a rise of 26 places from his preseason ranking.
• Right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman, 23, obtained from the Blue Jays last July as part of the deal that saw the Rockies relinquish shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, advanced from 52nd preseason to 46th. Hoffman, who struck out seven and gave up three hits and one run in five innings in his last start, a win over Salt Lake, is third in the Pacific Coast League with 110 strikeouts.
• As is customary on prospect lists, high first-round Draft picks receive an immediate ranking. Right-handed pitcher Riley Pint, who turns 19 on Sept. 6, was the No. 4 overall pick out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., and is No. 50 on the Top 100. After his state championship high school season, Pint has been limited to 15 2/3 innings in his five four professional appearances at Rookie-level Grand Junction.
• Left-handed-hitting outfielder Raimel Tapia, 22, omitted from the preseason Top 100, debuts at No. 88 while leading the Double-A Eastern League with a .329 batting average at Double-A Hartford. Tapia also is sixth in the league with a .369 on-base percentage.
Two infield prospects dropped off the list.
Hartford third baseman/first baseman Ryan McMahon, 21, a second-round pick in 2013, ranked 48th at the start of the year. He is hitting .243 with seven home runs, but his 54 RBIs rank ninth in the Eastern League.
Class A Advanced Modesto second baseman Forrest Wall, 21, a supplemental first-round pick in 2014, was ranked 90th at the start of the year, but fell off the radar when he hit .178 in May. However, Wall has quietly built his overall average to .257, with five home runs and 46 RBIs in his first year at the Class A Advanced level.