Colorado Rockies top ten prospects for 2020

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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7. Sam Hilliard

Minors (AAA): 559 plate appearances, .262/.335/.558, 29 doubles, 35 homers, 22 steals, 54 walks, 164 strikeouts

Majors: 87 plate appearances, .273/.356/.649, four doubles, seven homers, two steals, nine walks, 23 strikeouts

At 26 years old, Sam Hilliard is a bit old for the prospect ranks. However, his impressive debut with the Colorado Rockies has earned him a spot upon this list.

He was originally a highly regarded left handed pitcher, and was selected as such by the Twins in the 31st round of the 2014 MLB Draft. However, after community college, he went to Wichita State as an outfielder, where he showed the potential to be a five tool player. The Rockies drafted Hilliard in the 15th round a year later, and he has steadily climbed through their system.

On any given day, Hilliard’s impressive tools will be evident. Even though he is still learning how to hit, he has made adjustments to unlock his potential. His swing is quicker, showing his raw power, and allowing him to better control the strike zone. Hilliard has excellent speed and a strong arm, which has helped him as he has played all three outfield positions.

The biggest problem with Hilliard is that he is set to turn 26 years old before the start of the 2020 campaign. Considering his general lack of experience with the bat, and the continued adjustments he has made, it is fair to wonder if he is ready for the majors. His brief stint last season bodes well, but he may not be ready yet.

An athletic player with the potential to be a five tool outfielder, Sam Hilliard is certainly intriguing. But will he be ready to be a full time part of the Colorado Rockies next season?