BOSTON — Infielder Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies’ top prospect, will be called up to the majors on Friday and added to the big-league roster.
Rodgers, just 22 and Colorado’s top pick in the 2015 draft, has been swinging a red-hot bat for Triple-A Albuquerque, batting .356 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs in 35 games for the Isotopes.
A major league source confirmed the move, although the club is unlikely to make an official announcement until Friday when they open a three-game series at Philadelphia.
The Rockies have been closely monitoring Rodgers’ play, and have been impressed by his improvement as a second baseman. Rodgers has been sizzling as of late, batting .382 with a 1.152 OPS and eight home runs since April 11. That included a two-homer game May 13, just two days after being hit in the head by a pitch.
“He’s in a good spot,” Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday. “He’s doing really well. The reports from (Isotopes manager) Glenallen (Hill) are that he’s swinging well and that he’s in a good spot. We are moving him around the diamond, having him play second and short.”
It’s unclear what the corresponding roster move will be. All-star shortstop Trevor Story suffered a bruised left knee during a collision with left fielder Raimel Tapia in the ninth inning of Colorado’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Story, however, is not headed to the injured list. He hopes to play on Friday.
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Other potential options for demotions to Triple-A to clear space for Rodgers are Pat Valaika (just recalled a couple days ago, hitting .069) or, less likely, Ryan McMahon (.242 with three homers).
Meanwhile, Rodgers has overcome a couple injuries of his own to finally earn his long-awaited call-up. A shoulder injury suffered at the very end of the Triple-A season in 2018 kept him out of the Arizona Fall League, and prior to that, the Winter Park, Florida, native dealt with a tweaked hamstring.
Rodgers, a natural shortstop who’s also seen time at third base in the minors, made 25 of his 34 starts at second base for the Isotopes this year. It’s a position where Rodgers still has lots of room to grow, even as the club is confident he can man the position in the majors right now.
“There’s some intricacies of the position that he’s still working on,” farm director Zach Wilson said. “Some of it is double plays around the bag, some of it is all the plays you have to make going toward first base. Unlike shortstop, everything is across your body. So it’s fine-tuning the angles, routes to the baseball on the ground, and then some things around the bag.”
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