The Colorado Rockies selected high school shortstop Brendan Rodgers with the No.3 overall pick of the 2015 MLB Draft on Monday.
Rodgers is widely considered the top prep player in this draft, and often rated as having the highest ceiling of any player on the board. Rodgers has a smooth right-handed swing that generates power without losing contact ability or becoming pull happy. Defensively, Rodgers is viewed as having some of the same concerns that Colorado's own Troy Tulowitzki had, namely that his larger frame would lead to questions about his positional future. Nearly everything else from footwork to arm strength points to a player capable of sticking at short for a while, and if you look around MLB, the position is almost as likely to be held by a larger Peralta or Desmond type as it is to be manned by the light-hitting speedsters of bygone eras.
Brendan Rodgers | St Mary's High School | Born: Aug. 8, 1996 | 6'1, 200 pounds | Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Rodgers hit .360/.457/.786 with eight homers in his senior season and has drawn favorable comparisons to Astros top prospect Carlos Correa, another highly touted high school shortstop. Rodgers will immediately slot into the Rockies' top 10 list, for me probably right behind Ryan McMahon in the No. 5 range right ahead of Forrest Wall. Once signed, Rodgers will add to the wave of under-21 talent in the minors, a wave that hopefully contributes to the Rockies having fewer of these top 5 picks in the near future.