Rockies to promote top prospect Brendan Rodgers

Colorado Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers (65) poses for a photo during media day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Feb 22, 2018; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers (65) poses for a photo during media day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the Colorado Rockies are expected to promote top prospect, Brendan Rodgers, ahead of Friday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

It has been a long time coming for the Rockies and their top prospect as Colorado used the third overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft to select Rodgers. After Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman were selected first and second, the Rockies took a chance on a high school shortstop out of Lake Mary High School in Florida by selecting Rodgers.

With Rodgers as just a high school prospect when the Rockies selected him, it certainly slowed down his development compared to how quickly both Swanson and Bregman made the major leagues.

Rodgers began his minor league career back in 2015 and has advanced through the ranks ever since.

In 35 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this season, Rodgers has slugged nine home runs, drove in 21 runs, and posted a solid .356 average. Just last season, Rodgers hit 17 home runs and drove in 62 runs in Double-A Hartford as he finally found his stride.

Rodgers began this season with the Isotopes and has performed extremely well, which could easily earn him some playing with the Rockies right away.

The potential call-up of Rodgers is a franchise-altering move, but could also signal a problem with Trevor Story’s health. On Wednesday night in the Rockies extra-inning loss to Boston, Story suffered a knee-on-knee collision with Raimel Tapia.

Not only did Story have to be removed from the game, but it could force him to miss an extended amount of time, though he did tell reporters after the game it is just a “bone bruise.”

Story already has nine home runs and 26 RBI’s on the season while posting a solid .273 average. Losing Story to the 10-day injured list would be a huge loss for the Rockies, but the potential call-up of Rodgers could soften that blow.

Rodgers could make his major league debut as early as Friday, though the lineup won’t be announced until later today.

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