Thursday Farm Report: No. 1 Prospect Rodgers Living Up to Expectations
The biggest question surrounding Brendan Rodgers is where he is going to play when he gets to the big leagues -- not if he gets to the big leagues.
The Rockies first-round draft choice in 2009 -- the third player taken overall -- is a shortstop. Trevor Story has that job locked down.
The most likely move would be to second base with the expectation DJ LeMahieu will become a free-agent at season's end. But Garrett Hampson, who opened the season as a teammate of Rodgers at Double-A Hartford, is now at Triple-A Albuquerque and has shown he can handle the second base job, too.
Third base could be a possibility, but all indications are the Rockies will make a every effort possible to sign Nolan Arenado to a long-term deal before he becomes a free-agent after the 2019 season.
What isn't a question is Rodgers is going to be an impact offensive player. He had the game-winning RBI in both games of Hartford's sweep of Reading on Wednesday.
Rodgers is hitting .274, and ranks third in the Eastern League in both home runs (17) and RBI (61). He has the type of ability that brings back memories of the late Hal Keller when the suggestion would be made that a young, talented prospect faced a roadblock at his position.
"I'll tell you where he is going to play," Keller would say, "the big leagues."
In Wednesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (46-50) won 7-1 against El Paso. Jeff Hoffman (4-4, 3.77) allowed one run on four hits and four walks, striking out three, in 5 1/3 innings, and also singled home a run in the fifth inning. Mike Tauchman (.333) hit a two-run home run, giving the Isotopes a 2-0 lead in the first. Ryan McMahon (.261) was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.
AA Hartford (47-47) swept a doubleheader from Reading, 2-1 and 3-2. Rodgers provided the walk-off single in the seventh after Roberto Ramos (.269) delivered a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, scoring Yonathan Daza (.318), who doubled. Mitch Horacek (1-3, 2.36) worked the ninth for the win. Frank Duncan (3.86) started, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, striking out two, in four innings. Rodgers doubled, scored a run and drove in the other two in the victory. Logan Cozart (7-3, 3.25) won the game in relief. Evan Grills (3.89) started and worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run, giving up seven hits and striking out eight.
High A Lancaster (15-12 2nd half; 48-49) won 7-3 at Stockton. Catcher Brian Serven (.257) hit his ninth home run, doubled twice, scored three runs and drove in two. Vince Fernandez (.286) hit a home run for the third consecutive game. Juan Pena (3-0, 6.49) worked two shutout innings, walking one and striking out two, to be credited with the win. Logan Longwith (7.49) started and allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out five, in four innings.
Low A Asheville (14-10 2nd half; 41-52) was off.
Short-season A Boise (19-14) won 4-2 at Hillsboro in 10 innings. Luis Castro (.353) had a sacrifice fly and game-tying home run in the ninth. Aubrey McCarty (.261) doubled home one run in the 10th and scored the other on a double by catcher Hidekel Gonzalez (.183). Matt Hearn (.407) ran his hitting streak to 15 games.
Rookie Grand Junction (15-17) won 7-2 against Billings. Second baseman Hunter Stovall (.457) doubled, tripled, and hit his third home run, driving in three runs. Outfielder Daniel Montano (.287) was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Alfredo Garcia (2-3, 5.23) allowed two runs on four hits, striking out three in 6 1/3 innings.
Dominican Summer League South (15-23) lost 4-2 to the Nationals. Juan Mejia (2-4, 4.24) allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits, striking out five. Ronaiker Palma (.357) hit his second home run.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (21-15) won 6-2 against the Mariners. Luis De Avila (2-2, 6.16) allowed one run on three hits, striking out two, in five innings. shortstop Eddy Diaz (.260) was 1-3 with a walk, double and two runs scored.