Colorado Rockies: Catching up with the 2015 draft class
You’ll be forgiven if you don’t remember every detail of the Colorado Rockies’ 2015 draft.
The reason that there’s no hoopla surrounding the MLB draft the way that there is with its NFL and NBA counterparts is that it can take years to get even the smallest sense of how it went, and the better part of a decade before you can say for sure.
Players drafted in 2015 have been starting to crack rosters across the MLB over the last couple seasons, and last year the draft produced its first All-Star in Houston’s Alex Bregman.
The 2015 draft has the distinction of being Jeff Bridich’s first as GM of the Rockies, and we’re just now getting to the point where we can take stock of how it went.
The Rockies have yet to graduate any of the class of 2015 to the game’s top level, but with any luck 2019 is the year that all that changes. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the Rockies 2015 picks and see where they are now.
1. (1st round, #3 overall) Brendan Rodgers, SS/2B/3B, Lake Mary High School, Florida
If you’re even a casual Rockies fan, you’ve probably heard Rodgers’ name thrown about at least a little. If you’re hardcore, you’ve been reading it for years – and 2019 may be the year that Rockies fans of all stripes actually get to put a face to the rumors.
There was some speculation that the departure of DJ LeMahieu would clear the second base spot for Rodgers, and while that may still come true, Ryan McMahon seems to have claimed that spot for the time being. Rodgers is currently at AAA Albuquerque working out at three different infield positions and my debut as a utility player later this Summer.
Rodgers’ bat has always been his calling card and he’s currently crushing his AAA competition, batting .339/.406/.610 in his first 133 plate appearances of 2019. His production has landed him on all kinds of prospects lists, including #10 on MLB.com, #14 on Baseball America, #22 on Baseball Prospectus, and #28 on ESPN.