Colorado Rockies rookie infielder Brendan Rodgers has been listed among the favorites to win National League Rookie of the Year honors, according to BetOnline.ag.
Brendan Rodgers is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter when the Colorado Rockies take on the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon. Rodgers will bat seventh in the lineup, marking his first in-game at-bats since undergoing season-ending right labrum surgery in July.
Thursday’s action marks the end of a long recovery road for Rodgers, but there is still much work to do before Rodgers would be ready to rejoin the Rockies.
Despite that, BetOnline.ag has the 23-year-old Rodgers at 8/1 odds to win this year’s National League Rookie of the Year honors. Gavin Lux of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year (7/2) while Rodgers and MacKenzie Gore of the San Diego Padres are tied at 8/1.
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On the American League side, Michael Kopech of the Chicago White Sox is the favorite at 3/1.
Rodgers totaled just 76 at-bats last season, posting a .224/.272/.250 slash line. He also had 27 strikeouts, including five in his last three games. His last action for the Rockies was on June 23.
Playing both shortstop and second last year, when fully healthy and cleared for fielding and hitting duties, Rodgers will likely start the season at Triple-A Albuquerque and continue to roam the infield. Last season for the Isotopes, Rodgers played 27 games at second base, six at shortstop and three at third base.
Rodgers was recently named as the 29th overall prospect by MiLB.com, one of the very few highlights for a Rockies farm system that was also ranked 29th overall in the article. Only the Milwaukee Brewers were ranked lower than the Rockies.