Brendan Rodgers cannot be stopped.
After a disappointing 1-for-5 on Saturday night (disappointing for Brendan), the Rockies star prospect made up for it and then some on Sunday. A 4-for-4 night, including a homerun, a triple, and a steal of home plate powered the JetHawks to a big 11-4 win. The win propelled the Hawks to an above .500 record and the big night for Brendan boosted his batting average to a bonkers .418.
Finishing just a double shy of the cycle, Rodgers upped his RBI count to 18 in just 19 games played, and upped his hit streak to 12 games. It can be argued that the Cal League and Lancaster in particular can be easier for hitters such as Brendan, but Rodgers taking full advantage of these parks shouldn’t be used as a knock on the kid at all. You can only play where you’re told and Brendan is certainly doing that.
Wilson Karaman of Baseball Prospectus posted an in-person scouting report of Rodgers today. He notes Rodgers patience at the plate as one of his strengths in finding a good pitch deeper in at-bats. Karaman also notes that Rodgers’ power is still in development but only a few minor tweaks from being a legitimate source of Rodgers’ future success. There’s also some in-person highlights of Ryan McMahon if one is so inclined to click on that link.
Rodgers’ God-like start to the season has prompted some fans to clamor for his expedited call up to AA Hartford. But it’s not in the Rockies nature to rush prospects from High-A to Double A and it certainly isn’t a necessity to get Brendan in Denver any time before September 2018.
Other news and notes from the affiliates are below:
Barry Enright: 5 2⁄3 IP, 5 K, 3 H, 0 R
Carlos Estevez: 1 2⁄3 IP, 2 K, 0 R
Jordan Patterson (No. 13 PuRP): 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI
Noel Cuevas: 2-for-4, 2 R
Double-A (Double Header): Erie Seawolves 2, Hartford Yard Goats 0 (Game 1) Erie Seawolves 4, Hartford Yard Goats 0 (Game 2)
Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): Combined 3-for-6, 2B
James Farris: 1 1⁄3 IP, 3 K, 0 R
Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): 4-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI
Brian Mundell: 2-for-4, 2 RBI
Colin Welmon: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 6 K
Vince Fernandez: 2-for-4
Alejandro Requena: 6 IP, 4 H, 9 K, 1 R
Triple-A Albuquerque: Matt Flemer (1-3, 7.43 ERA) vs. Memphis
Double-A Hartford: OFF
Single-A Advanced Lancaster: Peter Lambert (1-3, 5.17 ERA) vs. Stockton
Single-A: Brandon Gold (1-2, 5.63 ERA) vs. Hagerstown