Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies- Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers, SS, Rockies.  DOB:  8/9/1996.  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 180 lbs.

2018 AA:  .275/.342/.493, 23 2B, 2 3B, 17 HR, 12 SB, 7.5 BB%, 18.9 K%, 402 PA.
2018 AAA:  .232/.264/.290, 4 2B, 1.4 BB%, 22.2 K%, 72 PA.

Rodgers was drafted #3 overall in 2015 behind Alex Bregman and Dansby Swanson who are both in the majors now.  Bregman and Swanson were both college draftees while Rodgers was picked out of HS.  Rodgers has possibly taken just a bit more time to develop than expected as 2019 will be his age 22 season.  He is still listed as a SS but scouts think he will be better defensively at 3B or 2B.  With the likes of Trevor Story at SS, Nolan Arenado at 3B and Ryan McMahon at 2B, the Rockies don't have any reason to rush Rodgers and he'll almost certainly start 2018 in AAA.  His promotion to the major league level depends on his performance and Rockies team needs.  Arenado is due to hit free agency after the season so he could get traded at the deadline.  There are also injuries that could crop up.

Any good hitter playing half their games in Coors Field should interest fantasy baseball owners, although I can see Rodgers needing a bit of time to get acclimated.  He should already be owned in deep keeper leagues but owners in re-draft leagues might want to be cautious in his debut season.  Once he adjusts to the level, he should be a reliable 30 HR's per season with lots of doubles added in.

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