Colorado Rockies: Predicting this year’s September call-ups

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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Pat Valaika of the Colorado Rockies
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 29: Bud Black Manager of the Colorado Rockies congratulates Pat Valaika #4 on his fifth inning homre run against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

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Pat Valaika

Like a lot of the players on this list, Valaika struggled in a bench role this season.  Interestingly, this comes after thriving in a similar role last season.

Though he’s struggled with the Rockies, Valaika has been better in Triple-A in 2018, racking up 8 home runs and 20 RBI in just 33 games.  He will likely return to Colorado to provide depth as a super-utility man.

Brendan Rodgers

This is the name most likely to get fans excited.  The Rockies’ top prospect, and number 6 in all of baseball, Rodgers just turned 22 and he’s already known by most Rockies fans despite not playing a single big league game.

Rodgers has been expected to get a shot with the Rockies in 2019 so many have speculated that they would give him a taste this September.  In 95 Double-A games this season, Rodgers hit .275 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI but like Lambert, he has taken a little time to adjust to Triple-A.

It’s only been 14 games and he’s battled a minor injury, so his .222 average is nothing to be concerned about but the team could decide against rushing him to the big leagues with so many middle infield options available.

Final Thoughts

One of the Rockies’ greatest strengths is their farm system and once September rolls around, they’ll finally get a chance to take full advantage of their young players getting a little bit of big league experience.

Next. Some of these players could see action in these games next year. dark

All things considered, Rockies fans can be certain that the final month of this pennant chase will be an exciting one.

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