In baseball the past couple of weeks, we have seen a familiar pattern: top prospects being called up to their major league ball clubs. The trend started with the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guererro Jr., followed by the Milwaukee Brewers’ Keston Hiura and the Atlanta Braves’ Austin Riley.
There is now a fourth top prospect joining the big leagues: Brendan Rodgers of the Colorado Rockies. After Rockies’ power-hitting shortstop Trevor Story was involved in a scary collision in an extra-inning game against the Boston Red Sox yesterday, the Rockies were left without a shortstop.
How did Rodgers find himself a member of the Colorado Rockies organization? Rodgers was the Rockies’ first-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Lake Mary (FL) High School. In his junior and senior years of high school, Rodgers hit .378 with a combined 16 home runs and 43 RBI.
Rodgers is not only a guy that will give the Rockies someone to fill in for Trevor Story while he is injured; he will also bring the Rockies some much-needed hitting among their middle infield. While Trevor Story is hitting an excellent .276, with nine home runs and 28 RBI’s, the second base position remains much to be desired, as Rockies second basemen this year have not recorded a home run, and their batting average ranks 26th in the league.
Look at Rodgers’ numbers in comparison: with Triple-A Albuquerque, Rodgers has hit .351 with nine home runs and 21 RBI’s. Very similar numbers to those of Story, and numbers that could give the second base position a much-needed boost.
Depending on how well Rodgers performs while Story is sidelined with an injury, which does not look like it will be for too long, Rodgers could become a permanent fixture in the Rockies lineup. With the way he has performed in Triple-A, Rodgers certainly deserves a permanent spot in the Rockies’ lineup.
Major League Baseball is much different than Triple-A, however. The pitchers and position players are more experienced, pitchers throw faster (and nastier), fielders turn difficult plays into a spot on the SportsCenter Top 10 highlight reel the next morning, and hitters can destroy the ball into the next dimension (Jim Thome).
The challenges of the major leagues, however, do not seem to pose much of a threat to budding stars like Rodgers. Rosters are increasingly turning these young, top prospects into everyday starters, just like the Cleveland Indians did with Francisco Lindor back in 2015.
It will be interesting to see what Rodgers can do in his call up to The Show. Baseball fans across the nation will have a first chance to see Rodgers at 7:05 P.M. on Friday, May 17, as the Rockies travel to the Keystone State to take on the Philadelphia Phillies.