After getting swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, things are looking pretty bleak for the Colorado Rockies this season. So let us not dwell on the unpleasant today and instead look forward to a happier tomorrow. It's time for Prospect Watch, this time David Dahl.
Dahl is a 6'2", 195 lb. left-handed outfielder currently playing for the A level Asheville Tourists. He was drafted in the first round, tenth overall, of the 2012 draft out of Oak Mountain High School in Alabama. Dahl can play all three outfield positions, but his athleticism is best utilized in center. He's got good fielding schools and a plus arm. In 80 games in the outfield this season, he has 11 assists to only four errors.
After missing all but 10 games last year with a hamstring injury, but is well on his way back to the form he showed when he was MVP of the rookie-league Pioneer League. So far this year, Dahl has posted a .304/.341/.501 slash line, 49 extra base hits, 41 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Dahl seems to have an innate feel at the plate that only a handful of guys are blessed with. In his MVP rookie year of 2012, he put up a .379/.423/.625 slash line, 39 XBH, 57 RBI and 12 stolen bases in only 67 games.
The numbers show that this guy can flat out rake. Dahl generates a great deal of bat speed and is a naturally powerful kid, shown in his almost 50 XBH in 87 games batted in this year in Asheville. He is a solid defensive outfielder and a good athlete, but his calling card will most certainly be the bat. He uses the whole field and drives the ball hard, which should be plenty of field in the wide open space known as the Coors Field outfield.
David Dahl has been impressive in his limited professional career and is ranked as the 94th best prospect by Baseball America, 71st best by MLB.com and 100th best by Baseball Prospectus. Clearly his career is bright, and at only 20 years-old, still ahead of him. With the potential departure of Michael Cuddyer this offseason and the fragility of Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies fans could see him in the Majors sooner rather than later.
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