Colton Welker
21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Colorado Rockies A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
When a hitting prospect plays half his games at Lancaster, arguably the most hitter-friendly park in the minors, it is best to just examine his road performance. Welker hit .289/.345/.404 with four home runs and a 55:21 K:BB in 225 road at-bats (he hit .379/.419/.572 at home). He uses the whole field, has always struck out at a manageable clip and could very well end up with a 60-grade hit tool. As he matures, he could also develop above-average power without selling out for it. Welker makes the plays he gets to at third base, but his lateral quickness and range leave a lot to be desired. If he eventually gets to call Coors Field home and his defense is good enough to earn him everyday at-bats, Welker could contend for batting titles. Nolan Arenado will be a free agent after the 2019 season, and his return or departure will affect Welker's dynasty-league value as much as anything he does on the field this season. A trade would obviously be a big blow. Read Past Outlooks
Reassigned to minor-league camp
3BColorado Rockies  A+
March 11, 2019
Welker was sent to minor-league camp on Monday.
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A .333/.383/.489 line last season for High-A Lancaster earned Welker time with the big-league coaching staff at the start of camp. He'll likely open the season with Double-A Hartford.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
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.
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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Earns camp invite
3BColorado Rockies  A+
February 6, 2019
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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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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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