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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6. Grant Lavigne

Minors (A): 526 plate appearances, .236/.347/.327, 19 doubles, seven homers, eight steals, 68 walks, 129 strikeouts

The state of New Hampshire has never had a player drafted out of high school reach the majors. Grant Lavigne is hoping to be the first.

Selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, Lavigne made a strong impression. He led the Pioneer League with a .477 on base percentage, displaying solid power and a surprising amount of speed. However, his ascension slowed a bit last season, his first in full season ball.

That season shows that there is a lot of work to be done. While Lavigne does have solid raw power, his exit velocity is below average, leading to possible adjustments to his swing. He does have an advanced approach in regards to the strike zone, but needs more work on barreling the ball up and making harder contact. However, his impressive athleticism, which has allowed him to be a possible threat on the basepaths despite subpar speed, should help him reach his potential.

The Rockies will need to be patient with Lavigne, but time is certainly on their side. He will be 20 years old for most of the 2020 campaign, making him more than young enough to develop into the player that Colorado envisions. He may climb the organizational ladder slowly, but that is not a knock on his future.

Cold weather prospects typically take longer to reach their potential. Grant Lavigne does not look like he will be an exception to that rule.