Age: 23 yr, Weight: 180 lbs, Height: 6-0
School: Lake Mary (FL) HS
MLB Draft: Round 1, Overall: 3
Current Level: MLB, ETA: 2020
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Former 2015 third overall selection has seen his star fade in recent seasons. Can Rodgers make good on his immense talents?
There was a point around mid-2017 where the Brendan Rodgers hype met its peak. He was coming off an absolute dominant run in the California League that saw him slash a gaudy .387/.407/.671 with 36 extra base hits in 51 games. What lurked beneath those numbers was the brilliance and maddening inconsistency that has come to define Rodgers as a prospect.
His power at the point of contact and bat to ball skills are a rare combination becoming of a future star. But his propensity to swing at nearly 70 percent of the pitches he sees has led to larger issues. While swing and miss is certainly present, just look at his MLB sample, it’s not the biggest knock to Rodgers’ plate profile. It’s his Maikel Franconian combination of elite bat to ball skills and poor plate discipline. This oxymoronic fusion of young and yang produces more poor contact than any player this talented should. The development of patience and departure from his brash confidence in his abilities is the last piece to the Rodgers puzzle.
Outside of his maddening hitting talents, Rodgers is a solid prospect in other areas. While neither a plus runner or fielder, he’s a steady defender blessed with a strong enough throwing arm that a future in the dirt is certain. A natural shortstop, Rodgers is inconsistent but average at the position. Due to the presence of Trevor Story, his future at the six is hard to project. Accordingly, the Rockies have given Rodgers time at both second and third base. The latter of which being his stronger position of the two.
After a strong start to his season in the suspect PCL environment, Rodgers saw promotion to Colorado. He struggled across 81 plate appearances, before succumbing to a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required surgery and ended his season. Rodgers had just returned to game action on March 10th, so the injury lay-off and rehab were obviously significant. With a delayed season Rodgers perhaps benefits from the additional time off, potentially improving his chances of cracking a Rockies roster steeped in turmoil this off-season. A player with elite talent and glaring flaws, Rodgers is a major leaguer, but just how good is a matter of overcoming his pitfalls.