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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5. Ryan Vilade

Minors (A+): 587 plate appearances, .303/.367/.466, 27 doubles, 12 homers, 24 steals, 56 walks, 95 strikeouts

The Colorado Rockies thought that Ryan Vilade would be a future star, but it took him struggling to give them proof.

Selected with the 48th pick of the 2017 MLB Draft, Vilade had an impressive run of success in the Pioneer League. However, he struggled mightily to begin 2018 as he had his first taste of full season action. Instead of hanging his head and feeling as though he was overmatched as a teenager, Vilade worked hard and made the proper adjustments, putting together an excellent second half. That success carried over to the 2019 campaign, cementing his place as one of the Rockies top prospects.

As it is, Vilade has impressive bat speed and a quick swing from the right side. He is still learning to harness his raw power, but further adjustments should allow him to tap into that on a more consistent basis. Vilade is another Rockies prospect with what is considered below average speed, but the athleticism to make up for that, especially on the basepaths.

His makeup and maturity speak volumes, as it is more of a question as to when Vilade will reach the majors, instead of if. There are questions about what his long term position may be, as he has seen action primarily at third and short, but he has the desire to improve and a willingness to play wherever needed. If he adds second and the outfield to his positional experience, his rise to Colorado could be sooner than expected.

The Colorado Rockies have a lot to love when it comes to Ryan Vilade. His ability to play beyond his years bodes well for his future with the franchise.