Rockies Mid-Season Evaluations: (Top 31-40)

Cuadrado has had a tough 2007 season.

As the mid-season has come to a close, RockiesInsider.com takes a look at the top-50 prospects in the Rockies organization. This is a mid-season evaluation of the players who we believe are the top players in the organization, and will serve to help us as we make our pre-season Top-50 rankings this fall. Here are prospects 31-40.

31. Craig Baker, Relief Pitcher
Baker has been stellar out of the Asheville bullpen this season, appearing in 34 games for the Tourists. The young right-hander has posted a nice 3.14 earned run average, and has been used anywhere from the middle of the game, to the end. He has struck out nearly a batter per inning, whiffing 46 in 48+ innings of work, and has an earned run average under 2.00 for both May and June.
Stock: Rising

32. Cole Garner, Outfielder
It has been an extremely rough season for Garner, who entered the 2007 as one of the premier outfielding prospects in the Rockies organization. The speedster has not been able to get on base all season long, leading to a very small .197 batting average. He also has picked up only five stolen bases on the season, as he has not been able to figure out High-A pitching. To put his season into perspective, Garner batted only .093 in June, getting only five base hits in 54 at-bats.
Stock: Falling

33. Josh Sullivan, Starting Pitcher
It has been a very trying season for Sullivan, who was pitching very well for the Asheville Tourists before an injury has really ruined his season. He was originally put on the Disabled List back in April, due to some shoulder tendonitis. Since then, he has tried to return twice, but was put back on the Disabled List at the beginning of July. He is expected to return to the Tourist rotation next week, but will be kept on a very strict pitch count. For the season, he has made seven starts, and has a very nice 2.91 earned run average.
Stock: Would be steady if he could stay healthy, but health problems always affect stock. Falling.

34. Keith Weiser, Starting Pitcher
Weiser has been the ace of the Asheville Tourist rotation this season, and has been one of the more consistent starters in the Rockies entire farm system. He has been a rubber arm for the Tourists, making 21 starts, and he has an incredible 12 wins this season. He has lost only five games, has an earned run average of 3.56 and has been stellar at home. During his home starts, Weiser has a 7-1 record, though his only complete game has come on the road.
Stock: Rising

35. Philip Cuadrado, Corner Infielder
Cuadrado is another guy who is mired in a very trying season, as the corner infielder struggled to open the season with Modesto. For the Nuts, Cuadrado batted only .215 in 37 games, before being placed on the Disabled List with a strained posterior cruciate ligament. After rehabbing the injury, Cuadrado is now with the Casper Rockies of the Pioneer League, where he has hit in two straight games. He is currently batting .33 for the Rockies, with a home run and two runs batted in in two games.
Stock: Falling

36. Jeff Kindel, First Baseman
Kindel is in the middle of one of the bigger seasons of any of the Rockies farm hands, and is currently batting over .300 for the Modesto Nuts. He has been an extra-base hit machine, smacking 26 doubles, five triples, and ten home runs. He has also been the ultimate run producer, driving in 61 runs, and has struck out only 64 times in 93 games. The cutting down of the strikeouts have lead to an increased batting average, and he looks very locked in at the plate.
Stock: Blazing

37. Xavier Cedeno, Starting Pitcher
Cedeno has had a pretty decent season for the Modesto Nuts, where has been a cog in the team's starting rotation for most of the season. He has made 16 starts for the Nuts, posting a very respectable 4.13 earned run average, and has notched five wins. During the month of July, Cedeno has been one of the better starters in the entire Rockies organization, winning four of his five starts, while keeping his earned run average under 3.00. If he continues to pitch this way, he should be in Tulsa to open the 2008 season.
Stock: Rising

38. Josh Newman, Relief Pitcher
Newman has been a clutch performer for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season, appearing in over 40 games out of the Sky Sox bullpen. The young right-hander has been pretty solid the entire season, posting a 3.45 earned run average over the course of the season. Newman has mostly been used as a middle relief pitcher, notching most of his innings in the seventh and eighth innings. He could be a guy who the Rockies look at for bullpen help when they expand their rosters in Sepetember.
Stock: Rising

39. Ryan Mattheus, Starting Pitcher
Mattheus' numbers can be deceiving, as it has taken a very bad month of July to really ruin his statistics this season. For the most part, Mattheus has been one of the more consistent starting pitchers on the Tulsa Drillers staff this season, though his July statistics do not show that. In five July starts, Mattheus has lost four decisions, and has an earned run average near 9.00. After posting a 3.78 earned run average prior to the All-Star Game, Mattheus has a 8.00 mark since.
Stock: Steady.

40. Kevin Clark, Outfielder
The Colorado Rockies made Kevin Clark their sixth round selection in the 2006 draft, as assigned the young outfielder to Casper of the Pioneer League. After batting only .242 for Casper last season, Clark was kept in Extended Spring Training, and is now a member of the Tri-City Dust Devils. He is struggling once again with the stick, batting only .216 for the team in 31 games.
Stock: Falling

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