Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Colorado Rockies
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 9/29/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Rodgers is one of the few Rockies hitters who might actually be worth starting on the road. After struggling for years with injuries, he's finally getting a chance to play every day. While he won't steal bases (his last stolen base attempt was back in 2018), he should provide some pop with a decent batting average. One issue is that he hits a few too many groundballs, but Rodgers did lower the rate from 58% in May to 50% in September. His production could really take off if he could drop that rate by another 10 percentage points. Besides lofting a few more batted balls, it would be nice to see him be more selective at the plate and improve on his walk rate. Also, he might be able to square up some more pitches if he weren't reaching for every pitch. If he just repeats his 2021 performance, he's a nice player and there are a few areas he could improve. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#163
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$Signed a $5.5 million contract with the Rockies in June of 2015.
Lands on injured list
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
September 22, 2022
Rodgers was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain Thursday, retroactive to Sept. 19.
ANALYSIS
Rodgers was slated to sit for a fourth consecutive game Thursday as he continues to deal with his hamstring injury, but the Rockies will choose to place him on the injured list to give him at least another week to recover. The 26-year-old recently underwent an MRI that revealed encouraging results, and the Rockies hope that he'll be able to return when he's first eligible Sept. 29, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports. Rodgers' move to the injured list makes room for Ezequiel Tovar on the Rockies' active roster.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
15
10
22
14
5
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
12
15
17
3
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+99%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .891 300 47 14 45 0 .307 .360 .531
Since 2020vs Right .674 688 71 12 69 0 .250 .299 .374
2022vs Left .863 185 28 6 26 0 .311 .378 .485
2022vs Right .641 367 40 5 35 0 .236 .289 .352
2021vs Left .983 106 18 8 19 0 .317 .349 .634
2021vs Right .733 309 31 7 32 0 .273 .320 .413
2020vs Left .333 9 1 0 0 0 .111 .111 .222
2020vs Right .167 12 0 0 2 0 .083 .083 .083
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+64%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .802 512 71 13 69 0 .296 .350 .453
Since 2020Away .673 476 47 13 45 0 .236 .284 .390
2022Home .875 297 46 10 46 0 .313 .377 .498
2022Away .534 255 22 1 15 0 .203 .251 .283
2021Home .723 207 24 3 21 0 .280 .319 .404
2021Away .873 208 25 12 30 0 .289 .337 .536
2020Home .250 8 1 0 2 0 .125 .125 .125
2020Away .231 13 0 0 0 0 .077 .077 .154
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Stat Review
How does Brendan Rodgers compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
17.4%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.135
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.319
 
SLG
.396
 
OPS
.715
 
wOBA
.316
 
Exit Velocity
90.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
Expected BA
.261
 
Expected SLG
.396
 
Sprint Speed
22.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
52.6%
 
Line Drive %
20.9%
 
Fly Ball %
26.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The lack of minor-league games in 2020 meant that many young players got more of a chance at the big-league level than they otherwise would have. Rodgers was not one of those. He failed to break camp in the majors and appeared in just seven games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. The shoulder strain was considered fairly minor, but it was surgery on that same shoulder that cost him the majority of the 2019 season, so there could be reason to worry moving forward. More worrisome, perhaps, is that he's been dreadful at the plate in 102 plate appearances thus far, hitting .196/.235/.227. That's a small sample, but it sure would have been nice to see a player of his talent show at least something. He still has his prospect hype and the potential to one day be a regular at Coors Field to keep him interesting, but he has no clear role and comes with significant injury and performance questions.
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.
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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Still out Thursday
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
September 22, 2022
Rodgers (hamstring) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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On bench again Wednesday
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
September 21, 2022
Rodgers (hamstring) isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.
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MRI results reassuring
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
September 20, 2022
Rockies manager Bud Black said the results on Rodgers' (hamstring) MRI were "good," Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Remains out of lineup
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
September 20, 2022
Rodgers (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.
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Slated for MRI
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
September 19, 2022
Rodgers, who isn't starting Monday against the Giants, will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his left hamstring strain, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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