1. Ian Stewart, 3b, Casper Rockies
Managers loved every aspect of Stewart's game. A high school player drafted 10th overall in June, he made a seamless move into the professional ranks, particularly with the bat. He attracted raves for his aggressiveness at the plate, while others appreciated the way he was into every pitch at third base.
"He's a Jim Thome type," Kotchman said. "He drives the ball the other way to left-center field, and he can hit the ball over the right-field lights."
Stewart may not be a Gold Glove candidate at third but should be able to handle either corner infield position. Carey said Stewart's work ethic could allow him to be an above-average defender.
"He not only met expectations, he's exceeded them," Carey said. "And what I love about him is that the expectations he has for himself are higher than anyone else's."
TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG
Casper 57 224 40 71 14 5 10 43 29 54 4 .317 .401 .558
He is rated as the top prospect in the Pioneer league based strictly on ability. Assuming that he isn't traded, a Jim Thome type could do well in Denver.