Rockies near top of Bill James list

The just-published Bill James Gold Mine 2010 — a paperback chock full of analysis, notes and nuggets published by ACTA Sports Inc. — lists the Rockies as having the second-best inventory of young talent in baseball.

The Rockies ranked behind only the Rays, and were just ahead of the Twins.

“The Rockies rank 2nd in young position players, 7th in young pitching, 19th in prospects,” said James, a leading baseball statistical analyst for more than 30 years. “The top five are Troy Tulowitzki, Huston Street, Ubaldo Jimenez, Brad Hawpe and Seth Smith.”

James ranked the Rockies seventh last year.

James also listed the 20 “most valuable properties” among players — young stars with upside. Tulowitzki, the Rockies’ shortstop, was ranked 17th, the highest of any Rockies player.

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