I am often asked questions by Colorado Rockies fans through social media (and even in-person by some of my local friends) about Colorado’s top prospect. There is one question that I have been asked quite a bit about him lately … so let’s talk about it in this article.
When will the Colorado Rockies call up their number one prospect, Brendan Rodgers? That question has been asked many times in recent days, especially with the Rockies likely saying goodbye to DJ LeMahieu and having the second base starting job up for grabs heading into spring training.
Could that second baseman be Rodgers? It’s highly unlikely it would be on Opening Day, especially with Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson already having Major League experience and both showing they’re more than capable to hold down the position.
So what does the Rodgers timeline look like? Well, let’s take a look at a few factors that will play into his potential Major League debut in 2019.
At the age of 22, Rodgers has plenty of time to contribute to the Rockies and manager Bud Black insisted during last year’s spring training that he wasn’t going to rush him into the big leagues and there were still plenty of things for Rodgers to work on before he stepped onto a Major League field.
What has happened in the course of a year since Black said that? Rodgers was promoted to Triple-A in late July and saw action in 19 games, totaling a nice 69 at-bats while posting a .232/.264/.290 slash line. He also saw some time on the disabled list while in Albuquerque and did not participate in the Arizona Fall League while taking care of a shoulder that tightened up on him near the end of the season.
As a note, Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich told Rox Pile and other media members that Rodgers had received a clean bill of health on his shoulder, so that’s good news heading into spring training.
With just a handful of at-bats at Triple-A and missing a chance to perform in the AFL, this year’s spring training will be another chance for Rodgers to not only show his abilities in-person to Black but also to learn from some of Colorado’s veteran players, on and off the field.
There is also the matter that Rodgers is currently not on Colorado’s 40-man roster so a move will need to be made not only on the 40-man roster but also on the 25-man roster for Rodgers to see action before the start of September. That means it would likely take an injury to move Rodgers onto the active roster.
Barring that injury or a massive surprise, Rodgers will start the season at Triple-A. It’s very possible that Rodgers will see action with the Rockies in 2019, but it will take him conquering Triple-A and growing at the plate and in the field. That’s something that will take a bit of time so Rockies fans will have to be patient.
Knowing all of this, what’s my prediction? Rodgers joins the Rockies shortly after the All-Star break. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.