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Brendan Rodgers

#7 | 2B/DH
Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies
Brendan Rodgers
Name: Brendan Austin Rodgers
Born: Aug 9, 1996 in Winter Park, FL
High School: Lake Mary (Fla.) HS
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 204 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (3rd overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2015 (signed for $5,500,000)
Thanks to an impressive showing last summer, Rodgers entered this spring as the consensus top prospect in the draft class. He's done nothing to lose that label and has a chance to become the first shortstop to go No. 1 overall since Carlos Correa in 2012. Rodgers combines impressive offensive potential with solid defensive ability. He has a good feel for hitting and has the potential to be a plus all-around hitter. His strength and elite bat speed mean he doesn't have to sell out to drive the ball, and it isn't out of the question that he one day hits 25 or more home runs in the big leagues. While he runs well enough, he isn't a burner. Defensively, Rodgers has good tools, but not all scouts are sold on him staying at shortstop. His arm strength, infield actions and hands are all good enough for the position if he is able to maintain his range as he physically matures. He is well-polished and makes the game look easy. That often gives the appearance of playing with a low-energy motor, but he makes that approach work. The state of Florida has produced several prep shortstops who have been selected in the top 10 in the last few years and Rodgers fits right in with a group that includes Manny Machado, Nick Gordon and Francisco Lindor. Rodgers, a Florida State commit, is probably most similar to Machado and as a shortstop with plus power potential is on track to match--if not exceed--his lofty draft status.
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