Brendan Rodgers, who already sits among the elite names on every top prospect list, will likely find himself even higher on those lists come midseason. With two home runs in last night’s 8-1 win over Inland Empire, Rodgers now has six bombs alongside his .369 batting average.
Rodgers’ likely midseason jump up the prospect rankings could also coincide with a promotion to Double-A Hartford. While it’s just his 29th game of the season, it doesn’t seem like he has much more to prove at this level of the minors. That said, with the Rockies starting Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu in the middle infield, there isn’t a rush to bring Rodgers to the big leagues.
The only concerning issue in Brendan’s short career is his bout with nagging injuries. Rodgers missed the first two and a half weeks of this season with a hand injury, 11 games in 2016 with a hamstring injury, and a scattering of games during 2015. If Rodgers can stay healthy, he could be hitting in the middle of the Colorado lineup come 2019.
The Isotopes went to extras against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the score being knotted at 4-4 at the end of nine innings. After Austin House pitched a scoreless top of the tenth, Collin Ferguson singled with one out, bringing Dustin Garneau to the plate. This is what happened next:
The off-the-glove-walkoff gave Albuquerque its third win in a row, taking three of four from Oklahoma City. While player development, and not winning, is the priority in the minors, it’s nice to do both. The Topes now sit in first place in their division, a half game ahead of Salt Lake.
Dustin Garneau: 1-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
Raimel Tapia (No. 4 PuRP): 1-for-5, 4 K
Carlos Estevez: 1 IP, 2 K
Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): 0-for-2, R, 2 BB
Ashley Graeter: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B
Omar Carrizales: 2-for-5, RBI
Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Garrett Hampson (No. 22 PuRP): 2-for-5, R, RBI, SB
Brian Mundell (PuRP HM): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI
Colton Welker (No. 19 PuRP): 1-for-4, 3 K
Jose Gomez (No. 30 PuRP): 1-for-4, R, SB
J.D. Hammer: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, Save
Triple-A: Jeff Hoffman (No. 2 PuRP)
Double-A: Yency Almonte (No. 12 PuRP)
High-A: Craig Schlitter
Low-A: Brandon Gold