This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Not all prospect progression is linear. That's something that many fans and fantasy players alike forget. We are impatient. We want immediate results. But not every player can transition seamlessly from the minors to the big leagues, even if they were a highly touted prospect. Such appears to be the case for Brendan Rodgers, middle infielder for the Rockies. Rodgers was the third player selected in the 2015 MLB Draft, but has struggled recently, battling a combination of injury, inconsistency and organizational depth ahead of him.
Rodgers spent about a month in the majors last May, and was downright dreadful. He hit .224, fanned 27 times while drawing just four walks in 25 games, and failed to record a single home run or stolen base. He performed well in his return to Triple-A, but that was in the extremely hitter-friendly confines of the Pacific Coast League. Then he got hurt, tearing his labrum in his throwing shoulder and undergoing season-ending surgery. The hiatus from the coronavirus actually could allow him to be healthy when play resumes, but he will face an uphill battle to make the roster. Ryan McMahon is the incumbent at second base, and the Rockies also have Garrett Hampson. Rodgers also has options left, furthering the notion that he will start the season in the minors.
Rodgers could be a decent buy-low candidate because he is no longer considered a "can't miss" prospect. Expectations are tempered. Rodgers could still live up to the hype and