Brendan Rodgers will need to make the most of newfound opportunity

Jun 20, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers scores in the tenth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies’ infielder Brendan Rodgers has been presented with yet another opportunity to showcase his talents at the big-league level.

With Trevor Story landing on the 10-day injured list due to a right thumb strain, the Rockies opted to recall Rodgers less than two weeks after demoting him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Rodgers was hot and cold in his first stint with the big league club, hitting .246 with seven runs, two doubles, seven RBIs and 22 strikeouts in 21 games played.

Rodgers talents were on display throughout his initial stint with the club. The 22-year-old recorded a bevy of hits, including a few extra-base hits and in some instances appeared to look reasonably comfortable at the plate. Other times, Rodgers looked like a deer in the headlights during at-bats, swinging early in counts and chasing pitches out of the zone.

Following close to two dozen games, the Rockies opted to shift Rodgers back to Triple-A Albuquerque for a couple of reasons, but primarily because the club was in dire need of pitching reinforcements.

Another reason is due to the fact that the Rockies want Rodgers playing every day. Rodgers saw a fair amount of playing time upon his arrival at the big league level but was a far cry from being an everyday player.

Between his growing pains and the emergence of Ryan McMahon, Rodgers was designated to a platoon-type role, playing in games where the pitching matchup favored his skillset. Due to the inconsistency in playing time, the Rockies felt it was best if he received everyday work down in the minor leagues.

Rodgers’ initially got the call after a hot start to the season with the Isotopes where he hit .350/.413/.622 with nine home runs. Groomed to be the Rockies’ second baseman of the future, Colorado initially opted to call him up in order to increase production out of the position.

That said, McMahon has stepped it up as of late, hitting .356 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 games.

Things do change quickly in professional sports, and the injury to Story has provided Rodgers with another opportunity to demonstrate how he can impact the club.

Rodgers found out he was heading back to the show in the early hours of Thursday morning, making the trip from Albuquerque to Phoenix to rejoin the big league club in Arizona.

Rodgers arrived before the Rockies’ series finale versus the Arizona Diamondbacks and was thrown into the fire when the game went to extra innings.

Manager Bud Black opted to summon Rodgers as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning with a runner on and no outs. The moment was not too big for the Rockies’ top prospect as Rodgers buckled down and hit a single to advance the runner who would later score via an RBI single from Chris Iannetta.

Learning how to succeed in the big leagues is tough, but since his first call-up, Black has been impressed with how Rodgers has handled himself.

“So far, so good, overall,” Black said of Rodgers demeanor. “He has come in very confident in his abilities. Very poised in his play. He seems to be doing fine as far as the mental and physical aspects.”

Rodgers will absorb a majority of playing time at shortstop with Story sidelined. Rodgers was drafted a shortstop, so perhaps the familiarity of the position could lead to increased performance.

Rodgers has been regarded as a top prospect since he was drafted in 2015. He excelled through Colorado’s farm system has displayed in spurts what he is capable of doing.

Rodgers will need to earn his keep should he want to remain with the big league club this season and his newest opportunity may be the opportunity to do just that.

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