A familiar story filled with setbacks and injuries finally saw former Colorado Rockies top prospect infielder Brendan Rodgers cement himself as a big-league regular in 2021.
After a 25-game stint in 2019 at age 22 and seven games in 2020 in which he hit .224 and .095 respectively, Rodgers was able to breakthrough in 2021 as one of the team’s better hitters. Over 102 games, Rodgers hit .284 with 15 home runs, 51 RBI, and 21 doubles.
With only nine RBI and no home runs through his first two trips to the Majors, Rodgers finally hit his first big league home run on June 5 in career game number 45. This at-bat seems to have been a turning point for Rodgers. Coming into the game, he was hitting .205 on the year but from June 5 through the end of the season he hit .293 with all of his home runs and 46 of his 51 RBI.
Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers could break out in 2022
It’s reasonable to expect a breakout performance from Brendan Rodgers for the Colorado Rockies in 2022 as he takes the next step in his career. Rodgers has the potential to be a legitimate MLB star and this season could be his chance to finally realize it.
Assuming the lockout is resolved we get a 162-game schedule, Rodgers will get his first chance to play a full season as a middle-of-the-order bat from Opening Day forward. As long as his injury history doesn’t rear its ugly head again, Rodgers is in a position to arguably become the next face of the franchise in 2022.
There will be increased pressure as the mantle is passed to him from departing stars and there is always the risk of a sophomore slump, but the talent is there for Rodgers and the more playing time he gets and the more confidence he builds, the better results we should see from the middle infielder.
The Rockies organization and its fans are asking a lot of Rodgers in 2022 but if he can seize it, the opportunity is there for the taking in 2022 and beyond.