Another Bowman release, another wave of prospect cards that most people have never heard of. I follow the Rockies farm system fairly closely, but some of these guys are new to me, or never stuck in my mind. I am usually excited for obscure Rockies, but these airbrushed prospect cards don't do much for me personally, at least until a few years from now if any of these guys make it to Denver. I largely find Bowman Chrome to be a waste of time and will wait for Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects to get excited about a Bowman product. Five of the six Rockies players played for the Asheville Tourists who won the Class A South Atlantic League title this season, with one player from the High A Modesto Nuts. The following is a small profile on each in case anyone cares and to give myself a little info on some potential future Rockies. All links go to Baseball Reference.
Ben Alsup - Drafted by the Rockies in the 18th round of the 2011 amateur draft. The second year pro finished his first season with the Ashville Tourists (Class A) with an impressive 14-5 record with a 3.63 ERA. Low walk totals (2.7/9 innings) with mediocre strikeout numbers (5.2/9 innings). Alsup threw a complete game one-hitter against the Charleston RiverDogs with August, carrying a no-hitter into the 7th inning. Looks to be a solid innings eater (6.5 innings per start average) who pitches to contact and doesn't walk many.
Christian Bergman - This guy I have heard of, a 24th round draft pick in 2010, Bergman finished his 3rd pro season going 16-5 with the Modesto Nuts (High A) with a 3.65 ERA. Another low walk starter (1.7 per 9 innings over 308 1/3 career innings) with 6.6 strikeouts per 9. Bergman was named the California League Pitcher of the Year for 2012 after leading the lead in wins.
Brian Humphries - A second year pro, spent all of 2012 with the Ashville Tourists (Class A) finishing with a .287/.338/.390 slash line. Reportedly a solid defense outfielder with good contact skills, but lacking power with 4 home runs over 178 career MiLB games. Not much info out there on the 14th round pick in the 2011 draft, but from what I have read he seems like a Charlie Blackmon type player.
Danny Winkler - Another second year pro from the Ashvile Tourists (Class A), the 20th round draft pick in 2011 finished 2012 with a 11-10 and a 4.46 ERA walking 2.9 per 9 innings and striking out 8.4 batter per 9. In his first pro season with the Casper Ghosts (Rookie League) he struck out 65 batters in 57 1/3 innings and was named as one of the top 20 prospects in the Pioneer leagues. Has started all 37 professional games, but profiles to be a reliever at higher levels.
David Kandilas - Signed as an amateur free agent by the Rockies in 2008, the native of Sydney, Australia made his pro debut in 2009 for the Casper Ghosts (Rookie League) and made the jump to Asheville (Class A) in 2012. He finished 2012 with a .266/.360/.403 slash line in a career high 83 games, with 19 stolen bases on 22 attempts. The speedy outfielder hit for the cycle twice in 2011, once with the Ghosts and once with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian league.
Tyler Massey - His status as a prospect has dropped after spending his fourth season with Ashville (Class A), he signed with Colorado as an 18 year old, 14th round draft pick in the 2008 draft and has played in 421 career MiLB games without reaching Double A. He did have his best season as a pro in 2012 with a .292/.350/.437 slash line with 10 home runs and 71 RBI.