The Rockies signed free agent catcher Nick Hundley to a two-year contract in the offseason, hoping to improve the team's defense behind the plate. At the time, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said the signing wasn't a precursor to a trade of Wilin Rosario and the team might keep three catchers in the majors. Indeed, Rosario wasn't traded, he's been working at first base and the corner outfield positions, and could be a super-utility player.
With the usual caveat that injuries and trades can change things, we'll project the Rockies major-league club to carry three catchers: Hundley, Rosario and Michael McKenry.
Now let's see what remains for the Rockies triple-A team in Albuquerque.
Top prospects at the position, according to Baseball America: Tom Murphy (#7 in 2014 and #6 in 2015); Jose Briceno (#29 in 2015).
Tom Murphy is considered by most to be the top catching prospect in the organization. He was drafted in the third round out of Buffalo University in 2012 and signed for $454,000. But he only played in 23 games last year at double-A Tulsa due to a shoulder injury, so it was essentially a lost year. He's been compared similarly to former Rockies catcher Chris Ianetta. Based on last year's injury, it's tough to imagine Murphy starting with the Isotopes, but a strong first half could put him in the PCL before the season ends.
Jose Briceno was at low-A Asheville last year and still only 21 years old, so he's a couple years from triple-A.