Colton Welker
21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Colorado Rockies A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
While he flies under the national radar as a bat-first third baseman who has yet to fully tap into his plus raw power, Welker's uncommon bat-to-ball skills make him a legitimate foundational piece in dynasty leagues. He missed 10 weeks in the middle of the season with a groin injury, but was the Sally League's best hitter (158 wRC+) when healthy. Welker spits on good pitches, striking out just 15.1 percent of the time. He took advantage of the favorable hitting conditions at Asheville -- a time-honored tradition among Rockies hitting prospects -- but still hit .302 on the road as a 19-year-old at Low-A, confirming that his hit tool is among the best in the minors. While he is primarily a line-drive hitter, his youth, contact skills and plus bat speed suggest he will eventually grow into 20-plus homer power, although his ability to hit for a very high average will always be his calling card. The only concern is that his middling defense could force him off third base, but he is working diligently on that aspect of his game. Read Past Outlooks
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Extends hit streak to 15 games
3BColorado Rockies  A+
May 10, 2018
Welker extended his hit streak to 15 games Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks for High-A Lancaster.
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Even amid this streak, he has really heated up of late, notching two hits in five of his last six games. Welker's .339/.433/.534 slash line is all well and good, but given Lancaster's extreme hitter-friendly conditions, a better gauge of the third baseman's season is his .263/.354/.456 line on the road. Welker is the seventh youngest hitter in the California League and should continue to post monster numbers thanks to his home park. He is a top-50 prospect for dynasty leagues.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Welker is the type of bat-first prep prospect who can be snatched up for a great value in dynasty league drafts this spring, fitting a similar mold as Bobby Bradley and Austin Riley in recent years. He did not come off the board until pick 110, but it was an over-slot deal, and if there was a consensus that he would bring value with his glove, he would have gone much higher. A corner infielder who will hope to be average at third and could end up moving to first, Welker is unlikely to appear on real-life prospect lists anytime soon, but he has the makings of a middle-of-the-order hitter with a plus hit tool and plus power. His hit tool probably needs to get to at least above average to carry the rest of his profile to an everyday role, given the defensive limitations. Every hitter who has not yet played in a full-season league carries a lot of risk, but Welker makes for a worthwhile gamble given his future home ballpark, contact skills and prodigious power.
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Headed to Lancaster
3BColorado Rockies  A+
April 4, 2018
Welker will open the year with High-A Lancaster.
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Activated from DL
3BColorado Rockies  A+
August 30, 2017
Welker (groin) has been activated from the 7-day DL with Low-A Asheville.
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Out with undisclosed injury
3BColorado Rockies  A+
Undisclosed
July 8, 2017
Welker is on the 7-day DL at Low-A Asheville with a groin injury.
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Blistering start at Low-A
3BColorado Rockies  A+
June 5, 2017
Welker, 19, is hitting .357/.398/.541 with six home runs, 28 RBI and five steals through 48 games for Low-A Asheville.
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3BColorado Rockies  A+
June 10, 2016
The Rockies have selected Welker with the 110th overall pick in the 2016 first-year player draft.
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