Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Colorado Rockies
2020 Fantasy Outlook
This is the first offseason since Rodgers entered pro ball in which he is not an overrated dynasty asset. He made his big-league debut in May, was awful (25 wRC+, 27:4 K:BB) in 25 games and then needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Rodgers' approach has been dreadful at times, but he posted excellent numbers (147 wRC+, .273 ISO, 16.9 K%, 8.8 BB%) in a return trip to the Pacific Coast League. Given that it was a 37-game sample and they were using the juiced ball in the already hitter-friendly PCL, we can't say with any confidence that Rodgers has turned a corner. His 31.0 Hard% and 22.1 Soft% were middling marks for a 22-year-old slugger, but his 25.0 LD% and 31.4 Oppo% were impressive and he had his best walk rate since rookie ball. Rodgers should enter spring training as the underdog in a competition with Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson for time at second base. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rockies in June of 2015 that includes a $5.5 million signing bonus.
Headed to alternate camp
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
July 22, 2020
Rodgers was optioned to the Rockies' alternate training site Wednesday.
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Rodgers was expected to make the Rockies' major-league roster to begin the season, but he'll instead head to alternate camp ahead of Opening Day on Friday. The 23-year-old completed his rehab from the shoulder surgery that he underwent last June and should be the Rockies' top option to fill in if middle infield help is needed. The highly rated prospect's major-league debut last year didn't go as planned, as he hit .224/.272/.250 with seven RBI and 27 strikeouts over 25 games before his season was cut short with a torn labrum.
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+13%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .478 26 2 0 4 0 .208 .269 .208
Since 2018vs Right .542 55 6 0 3 0 .231 .273 .269
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2019vs Left .478 26 2 0 4 0 .208 .269 .208
2019vs Right .542 55 6 0 3 0 .231 .273 .269
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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+50%
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Since 2018Home .636 38 4 0 3 0 .265 .342 .294
Since 2018Away .424 43 4 0 4 0 .190 .209 .214
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2019Home .636 38 4 0 3 0 .265 .342 .294
2019Away .424 43 4 0 4 0 .190 .209 .214
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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The last time Rodgers' performance appeared to match his pedigree (No. 3 overall in 2015) and dynasty-league hype, he was taking advantage of the extreme hitter-friendly conditions of Lancaster in 2017. He was productive in a return trip to Double-A (129 wRC+), but his aggressive, pull-heavy approach was exposed after a promotion to Triple-A, where he had a 16:1 K:BB in 72 PA. Were it not for the existence of Coors Field, his struggles against quality breaking balls and good sequencing would portend a sub-.250 average in the majors. Rodgers was assigned to the Arizona Fall League, but was scratched from the roster with shoulder tightness. He will return to Triple-A while Garrett Hampson gets a crack at cementing himself as Colorado's second baseman. Rodgers' pedigree will motivate the Rockies to give him big-league opportunities soon, but betting on a quality batting average to go with his plus power is simply a bet on his home park.
This should serve as the all-time reminder of how wonderful it is to hit at Lancaster. In the JetHawks' home park, Rodgers slashed .461/.488/.809 with eight home runs in 26 games. After his promotion to Hartford, however, he was barely a league-average hitter (104 wRC+). Rodgers still carries the status of an elite prospect in most circles, largely due to the hype that surrounded him when he was the No. 3 overall pick in 2015, but he is not without flaws. He hit just .245/.330/.362 against right-handed pitching at Double-A and had 14 walks all season. It remains unclear if he will end up at shortstop or second base long term. He will likely head back to Double-A as a 21-year-old with above-average power and the potential for an above-average hit tool. Rodgers is a better prospect than Trevor Story or DJ LeMahieu were, but he likely won't be able to match LeMahieu's batting average or Story's power. Still, the sum of his tools could equate to the best middle infielder the Rockies have had since Troy Tulowitzki.
Rodgers tied for fifth across all of Low-A and was second among teenagers at the level with 19 home runs. Believed to have an above-average hit tool and plus power when he was selected third overall in the 2015 draft, Rodgers has lived up to his billing so far as a professional, but it is worth noting that he took great advantage of the hitter-friendly home park in Asheville. Rodgers slashed .318/.376/.597 with 13 home runs in 51 home games and .247/.310/.372 with six home runs in 59 road contests. Also of note: Rodgers started 24 games at second base, something that rarely happens at Low-A with high-end prospects who are going to stick at shortstop. The Rockies' affiliates above Low-A are also extremely hitter-friendly, as is Coors Field, so his numbers could be environmentally bolstered for the foreseeable future. Additionally, shortstop is no longer the wasteland it was a couple years ago, so for fantasy purposes, it is not a huge deal if Rodgers ends up at the keystone.
The No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft handled his first professional assignment well, slashing .273/.340/.420 with three home runs and four steals (on seven attempts) in 37 games in the Pioneer League. He will undoubtedly be compared to the first overall pick, Dansby Swanson, as the two shortstops rise through the minor league ranks, in part because they have somewhat contrasting profiles. Swanson was the safe option out of college, while Rodgers was the high upside prep shortstop teams could dream on. Dynasty league owners will be faced with the same predicament this offseason. Rodgers has more upside in the power department, thanks to a quick bat and loft-generating swing, and it is easy to get excited about him calling Coors Field home someday. Rodgers’ 37:15 K:BB was quite palatable, so batting average should not be a major concern, although Swanson probably has the edge there. The one knock on Rodgers is that he is probably four years away from the big leagues.
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Set for reserve role
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
July 19, 2020
Rodgers is expected to begin the season on the major-league roster and should see occasional starts at second base, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Fully clear of rehab work
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
June 6, 2020
Rodgers has been working out at a local high school during the MLB shutdown and has finished the rehab work from last year's shoulder surgery, Gerard Gilberto of MiLB.com reports.
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Expects to play infield next week
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
Shoulder
March 5, 2020
Rodgers (shoulder) said Thursday that he expects to see action in the field in a Cactus League game "within a week," Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Ready for DH work
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
Shoulder
March 4, 2020
Rodgers (shoulder) said he will serve as a designated hitter in one of the Rockies' split-squad games Thursday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Expected to DH next week
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
Shoulder
February 27, 2020
Rodgers (shoulder) is on track to make his Cactus League debut as a designated hitter at some point next week, and he could be ready to play second base before spring training concludes, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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