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Adael Amador, the Rockies' top prospect, is flashing star potential. But is there a spot for him in Colorado's infield?

Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post on

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There are a lot of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic who throw sizzling fastballs, mash line drives, field with aplomb and light up the basepaths.

Some possess the “it” factor.

Adael Amador had it when he was barely a teenager, and he’s flashing it now as he competes in his first big-league spring training with the Rockies.

“From very early on, he was a gamer,” said Chris Forbes, Colorado’s director of player development. “Adael was game-ready when we signed him, especially compared to some of the other Dominican players.

“Instead of just being a guy who could throw the ball across the diamond and run the 60-yard dash, he knew how to play the game. It showed up pretty early. And he’s also shown the ability to lead. You would see him over there in the DSL (Dominican Summer League) games and he’d be running the show a little bit. He has natural baseball instincts.”

Amador turns 21 in April. The shortstop-turned-second baseman ended 2023 ranked as the Rockies’ No. 1 prospect and entered this season as the No. 68 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. He projects as a dynamic switch-hitter who’ll pair with shortstop Ezequiel Tovar to give Colorado a dynamic middle infield for years to come.

 

How quickly Amador develops, and what the Rockies eventually do with incumbent second baseman Brendan Rodgers will determine when the Tovar & Amador show begins.

For now, Amador, something of a social butterfly, is trying to fit into the big-league clubhouse.

“I’m really happy and really excited to be here,” Amador said through Rockies bullpen catcher and interpreter Aaron Muñoz. “I want to get better at everything. I have been learning and progressing every year. I think that’s going to continue.”

After rubbing shoulders with major leaguers at Salt River Fields, Amador will begin the season at Double-A Hartford of the Eastern League, a place that traditionally provides tough seasoning for Rockies prospects. Unless Amador breaks down the door with a sensational showing in the Cactus League and the minors, his big-league debut will likely have to wait until 2025.

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