This past week, 2015 first overall draft pick Dansby Swanson made his big league debut. Roughly a month earlier, Alex Bregman, the 2015 second overall pick, made his big league debut. Swanson has been a hit since day one, while Bregman — after a well-documented slow start — has been on a tear the past 10 games.
Also on fire of late, as if to say “hey guys, don’t forget about me,” is Colorado Rockies 20-year-old shortstop Brendan Rodgers, the third overall pick in 2015.
The Big Three some coined them, as three young shortstops put a monopoly on the top spots in the 2015 MLB Draft. Some viewed them as interchangeable, as either one of them could go off the board at 1-1, yet they each had a little different game that they brought to the table.
Swanson and Bregman had already been on the national stage, as both hailed from the collegiate baseball power house known as the SEC. Bregman was a standout from LSU, while Swanson was part of the Vanderbilt team that went to consecutive finals, going 2-for-5 from the lead-off spot in the National Championship clinching game in 2014.
Most were well aware that Swanson and Bregman were knocking on the MLB door from the day they were drafted. Rodgers, on the other hand, was easily the best high school bat in the draft, but being so young he was still a few years away.
Rodgers came out hot in his 2016 full season debut, but a slow June and July — combined with the imminent promotion of Bregman and Swanson — had some people stop talking about Rodgers progress.
He has turned that around with a monster August, firmly establishing him as a top-five prospect in the game.
Rodgers has hit safely in 10 of his past 11 games, including a rather memorable series against the Columbia Fireflies August 16th through 18th. Rodgers went 8-for-11, scoring seven runs with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. What some hope to achieve in a month in the South Atlantic League, the red hot Rodgers accomplished in a three-day span.
A big August, that still has quite some time left, has Rodgers sitting on some solid season statistics. A .333/.388/.650 August has him slashing .286/.350/.495 on the season. He is one of three Asheville Tourists in the Top Ten in the SAL in doubles with 29 and is in the top three in home runs with 19. Rodgers only telling weakness is his average speed, as he has gone 5-for-8 on the season from a position that has been known for possessing some base running ability.
He has been a successful hitter thus far because he has shown that he can do it all. His splits against righties and lefties don’t show any major discrepancies that would be alarming, although most of his power clearly stems against righties, blasting 16 of his home runs of right handed pitchers and just three off of southpaws. As the guys at MLB Farm point out, Rodgers also uses all fields to hit as this chart below points out. We can see that most of the right handed hitter’s power is pull, but he sprays singles and doubles to right field with apparent ease.
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