Rockies strike it rich with Latin power arms

The Colorado Rockies' run to the World Series was built the way most pennant-winning clubs are built, through good scouting and player development, creating a core of homegrown players who contribute or even star in the big leagues while earning far less than they are worth on the open market.

The Rockies have turned the trick the best possible way, acquiring top players through June's Rule 4 draft while also creating a productive Latin American scouting and player development program, overseen by Bill Schmidt, the vice president of scouting, and Rolando Fernandez, the director of Latin American operations.