Back on February 15, Baseball America posted its Colorado Rockies top ten prospects list online (subscriber only), and Tracy Ringolsby held a chat to answer questions about the list (also subscriber only).
The Rockies have one high-profile player from the Valley League, Joe Koshansky (Staunton 2002, 2003), and one fringe prospect, Will Harris (Staunton 2003). Readers asked FOUR questions about Koshansky, and none about Harris (I was away from my computer most of the day, so I didn't get in on the action). Unfortunately, three of the four about Koshansky were very similar.
They all sounded something like: If the Rockies had traded Todd Helton, would Koshansky have had a shot at first base, or would the Rockies have moved Atkins or Hawpe there?
Ringolsby's answers are very similar (well, obviously, I guess, since the questions were all the same): The Helton trade didn't work out, but if it had, the Rockies would have moved Atkins or Hawpe to first. Koshansky needs a year in AAA to develop and be challenged, then the Rockies will decide what to do with him.
There was one different question about Koshansky:
"Q: Mudcatsfan from NC asks: Can Koshansky hit in the bigs? I kept hearing that he was beating up on levels where he was older than the competition, but he's still hitting. Is he for real?
A: Tracy Ringolsby: He gets his next chance to prove critics wrong by moving to Triple-A this year. So far he has shown that he can handle the challenge at each level at which he has played."
Ok, then. I'm not sure why Ringolsby answered so many similar questions- maybe he was trying to answer every single question that came in- but it's clear that something (or someone) will have to give for Koshansky to play first base in Colorado.