Listen In: Kyle Glaser of Baseball America & I Discuss Rockies Top 10 Prospects
1. Brendan Rodgers | SSBorn: Aug 9, 1996Bats: R Throws: RHt.: 6'0" Wt.: 180Drafted: HS--Lake Mary, Fla., 2015 (1st round).Signed By: John CedarburgVIEW PLAYER CARD
BA Grade: 60. Risk: Medium
Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.
Track Record: The Rockies selected Rodgers with the No. 3 overall pick in 2015, the third shortstop taken in the draft’s first three picks. The other two are established in the big leagues—Dansby Swanson, who went No. 1 overall to the D-backs and was traded to the Braves; and Alex Bregman, taken second overall by the Astros and moved to third base. Swanson and Bregman were three years older than Rodgers, however, and debuted in the majors at the same age Rodgers was last May when he received his first big league callup. Rodgers played only 25 games for the Rockies before going on the injured list with a shoulder injury, and he had season-ending labrum surgery in mid-July. Rodgers compiled a 1.035 OPS in 37 games at the high altitude of Triple-A Albuquerque to earn his callup, but he scuffled to hit .224 with two extra-base hits in 25 games with Colorado.
Scouting Report: Rodgers’ bat gets most of the attention when he is the subject of conversation. He has high-level bat speed, consistently hits the ball off the barrel and makes frequent contact. He has legitimate, above-average power and can drive the ball hard the other way, an approach that works well with the large outfield at Coors Field. Rodgers rarely walks and needs to control his aggression, which he has worked on at higher levels, where experienced pitchers will exploit a free-swinger. A shortstop out of high school, the Rockies are confident Rodgers could play the position in the big leagues. With Trevor Story entrenched there, however, second base is likely to be Rodgers’ long-term position. Rodgers played an increasing amount of second base in the minor leagues last year and during his brief big league exposure. He is still working on going to his left and adjusting to a different angle for the throw to first base, and his hands have been a little stiff in his initial move to the right side of the infield, but he should become an above-average defender at the keystone in time as he gets more reps and experience.
The Future: A Rodgers-Story double play duo would give Colorado one of the most powerful middle infields in the game. Rodgers’ initial struggles in Colorado fits his history. At each level he goes through a growth period before settling in. He will get a late start on the 2020 season as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but he should be back in action by summer.