Another day, another accolade for a member of the Colorado Rockies' minor league system. This time, less than 24 hours after Ryan McMahon was picked as the third-best third baseman in all of minor league baseball, 2015 first round draft pick Brendan Rodgers has been named the sixth-best shortstop prospect in the game, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com.
Callis spoke very highly of Rodgers — and had one specific and exciting comparison for the young Florida native:
MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft, [Rodgers] went No. 3 overall as the first high school player selected. Rodgers' combination of explosive bat speed and strength give him plus power that rival's [Corey] Seager's as the best on this list, and Rodgers' game resembles Seager's at the same stage of their careers.
That Callis would compare Rodgers to Corey Seager is notable, considering the latter has long been seen as one of the best prospects in all of baseball, and will now likely graduate to a full season in the Majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer.
Rodgers, who won't turn 20 until August, slashed .273/.340/.420 at rookie level Grand Junction in 2015, but he only played in 37 games as the Rockies tried to ease him into professional competition after a grueling high school and prospect circuit leading up to the MLB Draft.
Now, it's likely the reins will be off for Rodgers in 2016, and he could start the season with Low-A Asheville of the South Atlantic League. With McMahon, Forrest Wall, and other notable prospects, the Rockies have had success and good luck pushing high school draftees to Asheville in their second professional seasons; obviously, the path through western North Carolina will hopefully be similar for Rodgers.
We'll catch up with Rodgers and the rest of the Rockies' top prospects during spring training in a few weeks, so stay close to Purple Row for more.