With service time concerns now in the rearview mirror, teams across the league are calling up their top prospects. The Colorado Rockies are the latest team, as they have called up Brendan Rodgers to the big leagues, who took part in their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Rodgers played 25 games with the Triple-A Albuquerque this season at second base, shortstop and third base.
The Rockies sent the second baseman Garett Hampson back down to Triple-A, and have lost shortstop Trevor Story to injury after colliding with left fielder Ramiel Tapia. Story told the press that he was only suffering from a bruised knee, but the Rockies will definitely monitor the injury and give him some time off if there’s any issue. Rodgers is playing shortstop for a while before he cements himself into the second baseman role.
MLB.com analysts had Rodgers as the No. 10 prospect in baseball this season. Both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus ranked him high as well. He ended up with a .330 average and 17 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last season, and currently, with Triple-A he has recorded nine home runs and a .356 batting average.
Hampson did not provide the team with any positive production, so he is now playing Triple-A baseball.
The decision to send Hampson down brought forward a promotion for infielder Pat Valaika. It was just a matter of time before they called up Rodgers, and just a few days later Brendan Rodgers received that call, and now we will see if he can produce for the Rockies.
Rodgers has previously struggled with his swing but managed to find it as he made his MLB debut against the Phillies. Nolan Arenado says that Brendan Rodgers has one of the best natural power swings in the league. Colorado’s second basemen have recorded a .200 hitting average and recording 11 RBI’s and no home runs.
Rodgers call up comes just weeks after Toronto brought up Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brewers called up Keston Huira and the Braves brought up Austin Riley. According to CBS Sports, the move has been in the works for some time, but Story’s injury may have helped speed along the process.
The 22-year-old Rodgers was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft and is doing well in the big league. Rodgers is the boost that the team needs in order to get better. A Rodgers, Story, and Arenado could make the Rockies have one of the best infields in the league.
Any player with zero MLB service time who is called up has already had their free agency pushed back a year. This means Rodgers will not be able to hit free agency until after the 2025 season.