Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

Buxton looking to defend No. 1 slot with 2015 rankings set to be unveiled

Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

The annual preseason ranking of the Top 100 prospects in baseball will be revealed tonight, with the Top 50 being unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list on MLB.com. The show, hosted by Greg Amsinger, will feature analysis from MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, as well as MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox gain righties Hale, Schlosser in swap with Braves

Pitching bolstered as Colorado parts with Minor League catchers Briceno, O'Dowd

Rox gain righties Hale, Schlosser in swap with Braves

DENVER -- The Rockies addressed their right-handed pitching need by adding potential on Friday, when they acquired David Hale and Gus Schlosser from the Braves for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

Hale, 27, spent all of last season with the Braves in a combination starting and relief role, and went 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 45 games (six starts). As it stands, he will compete for a starting spot in a rotation led by lefty Jorge De La Rosa and righty Jhoulys Chacin, and includes a pair of 24-year-olds who had their moments last season -- righty Jordan Lyles and lefty Tyler Matzek.

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Betancourt, Quintanilla return to Rox on Minors pacts

Reliever seeks spot in bullpen while infielder provides utility depth

Betancourt, Quintanilla return to Rox on Minors pacts

DENVER -- The Rockies have reached out to a couple of their former players for depth, agreeing to terms with one-time closer Rafael Betancourt and infielder Omar Quintanilla on Minor League contracts.

Betancourt earned 57 saves for the club between being acquired in a 2009 trade and the 2013 season, when he suffered a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Betancourt didn't pitch in the Majors last season, but made 21 appearances at the Minor League level (2-0, 4.66 ERA) while working his way back to health.

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Rockies sensed Wilson's winning attitude early on

Football star impressed Colorado with demeanor, skills on diamond after 2010 Draft

Rockies sensed Wilson's winning attitude early on

DENVER -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's triumphant and tearful television interview with FOX Sports' Erin Andrews had just finished when Colorado Rockies special assistant to the general manager Danny Montgomery picked up the phone and let his own feelings flow.

"[Russell] is giving me chills," Montgomery said. "A true angel. Holy cow."

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Prospect Anderson needs more time for elbow to heal

Rockies taking conservative approach with former first-round Draft pick

Prospect Anderson needs more time for elbow to heal

DENVER -- Rockies lefty pitching prospect Tyler Anderson will not be ready to pitch at the start of Spring Training in order to allow a stress fracture in his left elbow to continue healing, the club announced Thursday.

Anderson, 25, the Rockies' top Draft pick out of Oregon in 2011, entered last season ranked the club's No. 12 prospect by MLB.com. He outperformed that expectation by going 7-4 with a 1.98 ERA in 23 starts at Double-A Tulsa, and earned Texas League Pitcher of the Year honors. But Anderson was shut down for the playoffs because of the elbow issue. He was also limited to 16 starts in 2013 because of a stress fracture.

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First full year in the books, Blackmon out to be better

Rockies' breakout star of 2014 fine-tuning swing to limit fluctuations in production

First full year in the books, Blackmon out to be better

DENVER -- It only seems Charlie Blackmon has been around forever. He made his first appearance with the Rockies in 2011, and his epic beard makes it seem as if he trotted into his outfield position in the days of Julius Caesar. He'll turn 29 on July 1, so in baseball years, he's beyond young and in the so-called prime years.

Last year could be called the year of Blackmon's arrival -- an All-Star Game appearance and finally a full year of health and big league employment after foot and knee injuries limited his participation the previous three seasons. But Blackmon sees himself as a guy still on his way and looks to prove that he can't be defined by last year's statistics -- .288 batting average, 19 home runs and 72 RBIs, arrived at through wild production swings.

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Apprehensive at first, Morneau finds home with Rockies

Longtime Minnesota slugger adjusts quickly to Colorado, wins batting title, serves as team leader

Apprehensive at first, Morneau finds home with Rockies

DENVER -- First baseman Justin Morneau wasn't sure how he'd fit with the Rockies when he signed with them before last season. He was a Twins mainstay from his Major League debut in 2003 until August 2013, when he was dealt to the Pirates -- where he helped during a playoff run but admitted he felt like an outsider.

Morneau did more than fit with the Rockies. He won the National League batting title in 2014. His professionalism and mature hitting approach were part of the reason the Rockies, in need of pitching, asked such a high price in trade talks that the Marlins backed away. On top of it all, Morneau found a home with his new team.

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Troy Tulowitzki and Johnny Manziel are doppelgangers

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Troy Tulowitzki and Johnny Manziel are doppelgangers

We were casually strolling through Twitter the other day and we came upon this picture of Troy Tulowitzki, and we made a startling discovery.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Rockies prospects on the cusp

Gray, Butler among top prospects looking to impact big league club in 2015

Pleskoff: Rockies prospects on the cusp

The Rockies are still searching for pitchers that can find success in hitter-friendly Coors Field. Certainly some of their Top 20 Prospects could help in the club's annual quest for arms.

Jon Gray | RHP | 6-foot-4, 235 pounds | No. 1
Gray is part of a dynamic duo of pitchers the Rockies hope will anchor their staff for years to come. Gray has it all -- a power arm with a fastball that hits 95-97 mph regularly and 100 if needed, a very good swing-and-miss slider and a changeup that can buckles knees. He has good control and command of his entire repertoire. He has the potential to be an ace and he may need more development time, but his upside tempts a promotion.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Minors, Russell Wilson tackled tornadoes

Rome Braves GM Dunn saw qualities in quarterback during tragedy

In Minors, Russell Wilson tackled tornadoes

ATLANTA -- As a frightening string of destructive tornadoes ripped through the Southeast on April 27, 2011, Mike Dunn took precautionary measures to protect his Class A Rome Braves players and the visiting Asheville Tourists club that included a young second baseman named Russell Wilson.

Wilson's baseball career was nearing its end, but his leadership abilities were on full display as he helped take control of a potentially dangerous situation.

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Ottavino agrees to deal with Rockies, avoiding arbitration

Ottavino agrees to deal with Rockies, avoiding arbitration

DENVER -- The Rockies and right-handed relief pitcher Adam Ottavino avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $1.3 million agreement on Monday.

Ottavino, 29, who's heading into his fourth season with the Rockies, has grown into the primary right-handed setup man for closer LaTroy Hawkins. Last season, Ottavino went 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA, with 70 strikeouts in 65 innings.

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Wall No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Braves' Peraza heads list, followed by White Sox's Johnson, Rockies' Wall

Wall No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at the Top 10 prospects at each position.

Graduations to the Major Leagues have taken a heavy toll on this list in the past year. Six of the second basemen on last year's preseason Top 10, including the top four, have lost their rookie eligibility, creating room for several newcomers.

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Tulowitzki focused on health, not trade rumors

Rockies shortstop, recovering from hip surgery, wants to prove doubters wrong

Tulowitzki focused on health, not trade rumors

DENVER -- In a sense, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's offseason is not much different than winters past. He's been rehabbing an injury, this time a surgically repaired left hip labrum. But this offseason also is different.

"The trade talk was different for me," said Tulowitzki, who was at Coors Field for Saturday's Rockies Fest. "It was more intense than it ever had been in my career. That was something I had to deal with. As far as finding that chip, something that makes me go, which isn't that hard for me, that was very easy.

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Avalanche to host game at Coors Field in 2016

First outdoor NHL contest in Colorado will take place next Feb. 27 vs. Detroit

Avalanche to host game at Coors Field in 2016

DENVER -- Coors Field will celebrate the game of hockey in February 2016.

The National Hockey League and the Rockies announced Saturday that the first NHL outdoor game in Colorado sports history is set for Feb. 27, 2016, at Coors, when the Colorado Avalanche meet the Detroit Red Wings. The game, which is part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, will also mark the first time the Avalanche will play an official outdoor game.

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Rehabbing CarGo ready to turn page

Outfielder excited for return after tumultuous 2014 season

Rehabbing CarGo ready to turn page

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Carlos Gonzalez was delighted about the condition of his rehabbed body, and genuinely thankful to don a Rockies jersey over his hoodie and meet fans at the team's Dugout Store for an hour on Friday.

After last year, it was a wonder if he'd ever feel good after three operations -- a preseason appendectomy, the removal of a benign tumor from his left middle finger in June and season-ending left knee surgery in August. After hearing the new front office repeatedly say it would listen to trade offers -- not only for him but for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, whose season also ended with August surgery (on his left hip labrum), it wasn't certain he'd be wearing purple pinstripes.

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Tulo, CarGo making steady progress in surgery rehabs

Both Rockies stars expected to be ready for Spring Training

Tulo, CarGo making steady progress in surgery rehabs

DENVER -- These cold January days are, in an important way, the brightest the Rockies have seen in some time. That's because shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez are back on the field hitting, throwing and, in Tulowitzki's case, fielding.

At close to the same time in August, Tulowitzki underwent surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum and Gonzalez had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee. Now doctors have cleared both Rockies All-Stars for activity.

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Source: Rockies, Jurrjens have Minor League deal

Source: Rockies, Jurrjens have Minor League deal

DENVER -- The Rockies and right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens have agreed to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League camp, Major League sources said on Friday.

Jurrjens, who will turn 29 on Jan. 29, went 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in two starts for the Rockies last season. A 2011 All-Star Game participant with the Braves who battled injuries in succeeding years, Jurrjens went 2-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 14 starts at the Triple-A level with the Reds and Rockies last year.

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MLB Network: Tulo best of best at shortstop

MLB Network: Tulo best of best at shortstop

With Spring Training just around the corner, MLB Network is surveying the top 10 players at each position. And at shortstop, there's little debating as to who holds down the No. 1 spot, when healthy.

Troy Tulowitzki earned this offseason's mantle as the best shortstop in the game, according to the Network, as well as being at the top of the personal lists of hosts Brian Kenny and Bill Ripken.

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Rox add former All-Star reliever Jones to Minors staff

Rox add former All-Star reliever Jones to Minors staff

The Rockies added five-time All-Star pitcher Doug Jones to their Minor League staff on Thursday, naming the 16-year Major League veteran as pitching coach for Class A Short-Season Boise of the Northwest League.

The team also tabbed Dave Burba as pitching coach at Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League and Brandon Emmanuel at Class A Advanced Modesto of the California League.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeland No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Freeland No. 7 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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Jonathan Mayo

Gray No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Gray No. 5 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rosario working on versatility to remain in lineup

With logjam at position, Rockies catcher training at first base, outfield

Rosario working on versatility to remain in lineup

DENVER -- Wilin Rosario spent the early part of this month at the team's training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., working at first base and the outfield and he will resume the crash course at the team's academy in the Dominican Republic before Spring Training begins, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday.

The work shows that Rosario, the team's regular catcher the last three seasons, is embracing the idea that playing other positions can help keep his bat on the field. The Rockies signed veteran free agent Nick Hundley to become the primary catcher.

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Chacin, McKenry, Brothers agree to 1-year deals

Chacin, McKenry, Brothers agree to 1-year deals

DENVER -- The Rockies avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, catcher Michael McKenry and left-handed reliever Rex Brothers by reaching one-year deals before Friday's deadline for arbitration-eligible players and their clubs to exchange figures.

According to sources, Chacin's deal is worth $5.5 million, McKenry signed for $1.0876 million and Brothers signed for $1.4 million.

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Rockies 2015 Caravan set to take off Friday

Rockies 2015 Caravan set to take off Friday

DENVER -- Select players, manager Walt Weiss and general manager Jeff Bridich will set out Jan. 23 to meet fans in Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, N.M., Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City, Utah, during the Rockies 2015 Caravan.

The caravan will provide opportunities for fans and media who may not be in attendance for Rockies Fest, an all-day event at Coors Field next Saturday. The visits to Albuquerque and Boise will celebrate the Rockies' new affiliations with those cities' Minor League teams, the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes and the Class A Short Season Boise Hawks.

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Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'

Monfort tells NY paper Tulo deal 'not happening'

DENVER -- The notion of the Rockies trading shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets, which all winter has been more rumors and reports than action, was doused with cold water Thursday at the MLB owners meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

The New York Post reported that Rockies owner/general partner Charlie Monfort answered a direct question with a smile and a simple statement: "It's not happening."

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NFL playoff QBs have baseball connections

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NFL playoff QBs have baseball connections

If you're anything like me, when you tune into the NFL playoffs, you'll be thinking about one thing: How good would these quarterbacks be at baseball? As it turns out, we're not the only ones. One of the final four QBs standing was at one time described as a "sure thing as a baseball player" and another could throw a 91-mph heater. Let's see if you can match the baseball career to the player. 

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Rockies reach deals with Chatwood, Lyles, Stubbs

Rockies reach deals with Chatwood, Lyles, Stubbs

DENVER -- The Rockies avoided arbitration with three players on Wednesday by reaching one-year agreements with right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Drew Stubbs, and reaching a two-year deal with right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who could miss most or all of the 2015 season as he recovers from elbow surgery.

The club did not reveal contract terms, but Major League sources place the Lyles deal at $2,475,000, as first reported by CBS Sports, and the Stubbs contract at $5,825,000. Chatwood's contract will pay him $1 million in 2015 and the same salary in 2016. ESPN first reported Chatwood can earn up to an additional $250,000 in 2016 based on games started.

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Rockies broadcaster Corrigan shows passion for writing novels

Radio announcer tales tale inspired by his father's service in WWII in latest book

Rockies broadcaster Corrigan shows passion for writing novels

DENVER -- Rockies radio broadcaster Jack Corrigan combined his love of writing and history with the uplifting story of his father's participation in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and the result was his second novel, "Night of Destiny: 24 December, 1944".

The story, published last season, was inspired by the tragedy of the S.S. Leopoldville, and it's based on the experiences of Corrigan's late father, John V. Corrigan -- a member of the Army ambulance squad that came ashore three days after the D-Day landings, and was instrumental in plucking survivors from the frigid waters of the harbor on the coast of Cherbourg, France.

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Rockies host ceremony for Galarraga Field renovation

Rockies host ceremony for Galarraga Field renovation

DENVER -- Andres Galarraga Field at the Owen Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver will continue to sparkle, thanks to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Rockies, the MLB Groundskeepers and several companies.

On Tuesday, the various entities conducted a ceremony at Coors Field to commemorate the donation of materials and equipment to renovate the field, which was named after one of the Rockies' first stars. Galarraga originally donated funds to renovate the field in 1995, and since then the club has helped with field maintenance and Rockies players have conducted annual clinics.

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