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Rockies recall Rodgers for 2020 debut

Shoulder injury cut last season short for Colorado's top prospect
Brendan Rodgers has compiled a career .296 average and .855 OPS in the Minor Leagues. (David Zalubowski/AP)
@katiejwoo
August 19, 2020

Brendan Rodgers is finally headed back to the big leagues.

Brendan Rodgers is finally headed back to the big leagues.

After an up-and-down 2019 season that concluded with a year-ending shoulder injury, the Rockies recalled Rodgers on Wednesday to take the place of outfielder David Dahl, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with lower back soreness. Rodgers -- Colorado's top prospect -- has been training at the Rockies' alternate training site since the 2020 season began.

The club's first-round pick in 2015 reached Triple-A in 2018. He began the 2019 season back with Albuquerque, where he smashed his way to a .350/.413/.622 slash line with 10 doubles and nine homers over 37 games. His power and offensive prowess was alluring enough for the Rockies, who called up the Winter Park, Florida, native for his big league debut in mid-May.

The 24-year-old had two separate stints in the Major Leagues, but struggled to produce at the plate, posting a .224 average and a .522 OPS. On June 25, Rodgers was placed on the Injured List with right shoulder impingement. By mid-July, he went surgery to repair a labral tear, ending his rookie campaign.

MLB.com's No. 30 overall prospect is expected to boost a potent Colorado lineup, although the utility infielder was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest against Houston. The Rockies are currently in second place in the National League West, four games behind the Dodgers.

Katie Woo is an editorial producer for Minor League Baseball. Follow her on twitter at @katiejwoo.