The top three picks of the 2015 Draft were all shortstops. The first two came from the college ranks, with Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman both having multiple big league seasons on their resumes. Rodgers went No. 3 from the Florida high school ranks and has hit pretty much everywhere he's been, with the exception of a very small sample size during his 2019 big league debut. The two-time Futures Game participant was shut down in July with a torn labrum that required surgery.
Blessed with outstanding bat speed, Rodgers possesses the ability to hit for average and power. He can drive the ball to all fields, and even with limited success in Colorado a year ago, he showed a penchant for hard contact the other way. There's plenty of home run pop now, and there should be more to come as learns to tap into it consistently. An aggressive hitter, Rodgers has improved his walk rate and lowered his strikeout rate in the Minors in each of the last two seasons. While he's not really a speed guy, he is a solid baserunner.
While Rodgers did see some time at his natural position in 2019, he saw a lot more time at second base and he's played a good amount of third as well. With the left side of the infield locked down for now, second looks like his best bet at a regular spot, and he should be at least an above-average defender there. He progressed well in his rehab following shoulder surgery and should be ready to contribute again at some point in 2020.
Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 60
When Rodgers was coming out of the Florida high school ranks as the top-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft, he was seen as a prep shortstop who could drive the ball better than any high schooler at that position since Carlos Correa in 2012. Taken No. 3 overall and signed for a franchise-record bonus of $5.5 million, he's lived up to that billing by hitting pretty much everywhere he's been, going to the Futures Game twice and reaching Triple-A just before his 22nd birthday. He made his big league debut in 2019, only to have a torn labrum that required surgery end his season in July.
Rodgers has displayed premium bat speed from the outset of his career, with the ability to hit for average and power. He barrels balls up consistently and can drive the ball to all fields, with plenty of over-the-fence power now, and with more to come. He doesn't walk a ton, and can get a little pull-happy at times, but he did improve his walk rate and lower his strikeout rate in Double-A in 2018.
The Rockies love having their infielders learn multiple positions while developing in the Minors, and Rodgers has proven to be quite adept at it. While not overly quick, his arm, hands and instincts would allow him to stick at shortstop long term and the Rockies believe he's above-average at second and third as well. A shoulder issue kept Rodgers from going to the Arizona Fall League, but he should be healthy and ready to contribute at some point in 2019.
Scouting grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
MLB Pipeline's No. 1-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft, Rodgers went third overall to the Rockies behind fellow shortstops Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman. Since signing for a franchise-record $5.5 million, he has produced everywhere he has gone and improved each year. He batted .336/.373/.567 with 18 homers in 89 games between high Class A and Double-A and also turned in a nifty defensive play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in 2017, then returned to the prospect showcase in 2018 amid a solid season in Double-A.
Rodgers offers more upside at the plate than most middle infielders, possessing all the tools to hit for average and power. He has a quick right-handed swing, good feel for the barrel, fine pitch-recognition skills and plenty of strength. He makes consistent hard contact, and the only quibbles with his offensive game are that he rarely walks and occasionally gets pull-conscious.
When Rodgers was in high school, scouts debated whether he was a long-term shortstop. The consensus now is that while he doesn't have the quickness and range teams typically desire there, his arm strength and instincts allow him to get the job done at short. He could be a solid defender at second or third base, though Nolan Arenado blocks him at the hot corner in Colorado.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect and the first high school player selected in the 2015 Draft, Rodgers went third overall behind Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman. He signed for a Rockies-record $5.5 million, then wore down and battled leg injuries during a respectable pro debut. After focusing on his strength and conditioning during his first offseason, he was much better equipped to handle the pro grind in 2016 and finished fourth in the low Class A South Atlantic League in homers (19), extra-base hits (50) and slugging (.480) as a 19-year-old.
A right-handed hitter, Rodgers generates more power than most middle infielders, thanks to his combination of bat speed and strength. He doesn't overswing and has good feel for hitting, so he should hit for average as well as pop once he makes some adjustments. He could use more patience at the plate and will have to alter his pull-heavy approach so he can better deal with offspeed pitches on the outer half.
When Rodgers was an amateur, scouts debated whether he could stay at shortstop. He's not quite as quick or rangy as the typical shortstop, but he's a good athlete with a strong arm who could be an average defender there. He could make more of a defensive impact if he shifts to second base (where he saw extensive action last year) or third base, and his bat should allow him to profile anywhere.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft, Rodgers was the first high school player selected and went third overall to the Rockies. After signing for a franchise-record $5.5 million, he had a respectable pro debut against older competition in the Rookie-level Pioneer League, though he missed roughly half the season with a variety of leg injuries. After dedicating himself to strength and conditioning work during his first pro offseason, he has stayed healthy in 2016 and performed well as a teenager in low Class A.
With his lightning bat speed and strength, Rodgers generates plus power with an easy right-handed stroke. He doesn't sell out for homers and uses the entire field, which should allow him to hit for a solid average as well. Rodgers has the potential to put up similar offensive numbers to former franchise icon Troy Tulowitzki, whom Colorado traded to Toronto last summer.
Rodgers is a fine athlete with average speed and solid arm strength. Scouts who saw him as an amateur were split on whether he'll stay at shortstop, though most gave him credit for soft hands and good instincts. Rodgers could become an above-average shortstop and also has gotten some exposure to second base this season.
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 60
Ranked No. 1 on MLB.com's Draft Top 200 entering the 2015 Draft, Rodgers went No. 3 overall to the Rockies and signed for $5.5 million, more than $700,000 below the assigned pick value.
The Orlando area high schooler has gotten considerably stronger in the last year and he generates power with an easy, compact stroke. He doesn't have to muscle up to hit home runs, and his bat speed and all-fields approach bode well for his ability to hit for average as a pro. He's a quality athlete with solid speed and above-average arm strength, one who draws comparisons to the Cubs' Addison Russell.
There's a split camp as to whether Rodgers can remain at shortstop, though he has soft hands and good instincts. Should he move to third, he'd be an outstanding defender there, one whose power potential would fit the offensive profile for the position well.