As the Colorado Rockies played their last homestand of 2021, it’s difficult not to reminisce. No Rockies fan is looking back on this season with much fondness sitting under .500 once again. It’s difficult to see Trevor Story and maybe Jon Gray suit up for the last time in Denver. The front office seems like it’s going to change as much as the weather in San Diego.
But it was the season we all got to see our favorite team in person again. It was the season we got to see all the All-Stars and feel like the baseball world revolved around Denver again, even if it was just for a moment. They played heroically at home and not so much on the road (at least for most of the season). They had to move on as a team from losing their best player and still defied expectations, even it that was a low bar to hurdle.
No matter how tough it is to watch this team sometimes, life is always better with baseball in it. In that spirit, we’re looking toward next year. Specifically, these are the three players the Rockies should build around.
One player that the Colorado Rockies should build around is Brendan Rodgers
It turns out Brendan Rodgers is a very good baseball player when he is healthy. He still didn’t play a full season playing 98 games but he hit .284 with 15 homers good for a 1.5 WAR and he played a solid second base. Now that the Rockies have decided to part with Story, Rodgers should move back to his more natural position at short where he could prove to be even better.
Rodgers filled just fine for Story in the middle of summer when the Rockies star went down with elbow inflammation. By the actions of the front office, they may think that Rodgers is the best player to build around as he consistently did not include him on multiple trade discussions. Rodgers is the heir apparent whether he is ready (or can stay healthy) or not.