Colorado Rockies: Five players to watch as Spring Training opens
1. Brendan Rodgers – 2B/SS
It should go without question Rodgers is the number one player Rockies fans near and far should be keeping a close eye on as we enter the spring. Drafted by the club third overall in the 2015 MLB Amateur player draft, Rodgers path to the big leagues has recently opened wide and he has an exclusive chance to climb the ladder sooner rather than later.
Currently, Rodgers is the top overall prospect in the Rockies organization and for a good reason. Rodgers possesses power, speed, and solid glove work giving him the opportunity to morph into a five-tool player as he continues to grow into his role.
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In MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list which was recently released, Rodgers ranks No.10 overall. In looking at him, Rodgers is not a big guy. Standing at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he does not feel like the prototypical shortstop however that could not be further from the truth.
Diving into Rodgers’ strengths, he possesses above-average bat speed, while displaying an affinity to drive the ball to all fields. Concerning the leather, Rodgers is strong enough to play shortstop however since the Rockies have a pretty great shortstop already, the best shot for Rodgers rightfully lands at second base.
Rodgers has made the Futures Game twice as well as reached Triple-A before he turned 22 years old. Of everyone fans should be keeping watch on, Rodgers remains the most polarizing figure amongst them all. Embrace and savor these moments because soon enough he will be on his way to the show, and fans should be extra excited for his arrival.