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State of the System: Colorado Rockies

Vilade, Rolison working to be part of the future at Coors Field
November 4, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Cal League seasons

Hitter-friendly circuit saw most memorable performance on mound
August 25, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

Rockies recall Rodgers for 2020 debut

Shoulder injury cut last season short for Colorado's top prospect
August 19, 2020

Brendan Rodgers is finally headed back to the big leagues.

Ready and waiting: Brendan Rodgers

Top Rockies prospect walks long road back from shoulder injury
June 3, 2020

Players at all levels of the Minor Leagues missed significant playing time in 2019 due to injury only to have their return interrupted by the global pandemic. Each week, checks in on an elite prospect’s road back from injury. First up is Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers. A little

Toolshed dream lineup: The 23-year-olds

Jays' Pearson, Giants' Bart among those closing in on Majors
April 21, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. So far, the series has focused on teenagers, 20-year-olds, 21-year-olds and 22-year-olds. This time, we turn our attention to

2020 Prospect Projections: NL West rookies

Lux prepared to make Dodgers impact; Padres' Gore closing in
February 14, 2020

This is the sixth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting pitchers and

Farm system rankings: Position players, 30-21

Witt leads next-gen Royals; Tigers' Greene striving for more
February 10, 2020

With the 2020 season rapidly approaching, looks at the state of all 30 farm systems and ranks them in several different ways. This first installment, broken into three parts, focuses on position players and considers the quality and quantity of top talent currently in each system. So, without further

Rockies' Rodgers placed on 10-day IL

Baseball's No. 6 overall prospect sidelined with shoulder issue
June 26, 2019

Top Rockies prospectBrendan Rodgers has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement.The rookie infielder injured his shoulder during last weekend's series against the Dodgers. Colorado manager Bud Black said the 2015 Draft first-rounder felt some discomfort after a throw and "the soreness started to intensify,"

Toolshed: What future may hold for callups

Best-, worst-case scenarios for recently promoted top prospects
May 17, 2019

The prospects are coming! The prospects are coming!It has been a big week for promotions, with three of the game's top 35 overall prospects moving up to the Major Leagues since Tuesday: Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers (No. 10), Brewers second baseman Keston Hiura (No. 15) and Braves third baseman-turned-outfielder Austin

Rockies to call up Rodgers from Triple-A

No. 10 overall prospect hitting .442 in May at Albuquerque
May 16, 2019

On Saturday, Brendan Rodgers was dusting himself off after getting hit by a pitch on the back of his batting helmet. Now, he's heading to the Major Leagues for the first time.The Rockies are expected to call up their top prospect from Triple-A Albuquerque for the opener of a three-game series on

Rodgers returns in style for Isotopes

Hit in head by pitch Saturday, top Rockies prospect homers twice
May 13, 2019

Brendan Rodgers was hit in the head by a pitch Saturday night. Back in the same batter's box about 48 hours later, he appeared to be more than just fine.Baseball's No. 10 overall prospect homered twice on a four-hit night, continuing a torrid stretch at the plate, as Triple-A Albuquerque

Rockies' Rodgers hit in head by pitch

No. 9 overall prospect leaves Isotopes' game in third inning
May 12, 2019

Brendan Rodgers, the Colorado Rockies' top prospect, was hit in the head by a pitch in the third inning of Triple-A Albuquerque's 5-3 victory over Fresno on Saturday night at Chukchansi Park.After Austin Voth struck him out in the first inning, Rodgers worked the count full in the third. The

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 6

Rainiers' Crawford drives in six, New Orleans' Hernandez K's 10
May 7, 2019

Mariners OF J.P. Crawford, Triple-A Tacoma: 4-for-5, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 R -- Crawford homered and drove in a career-high six RBIs as the Rainiers downed Albuquerque, 12-8. The 16th overall pick in the 2013 Draft is now batting .321/.425/.464 with three home runs, seven doubles, 15 RBIs, 20

Rodgers continues torrid stretch for 'Topes

Top Rockies prospect posts first four-hit game at Triple-A level
May 5, 2019

Things are clicking for Brendan's No. 9 overall prospect posted his first four-hit game at the Triple-A level, continuing a torrid stretch at the plate and leading Albuquerque to a 7-1 victory over Tacoma on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.

Hoffman Dominant in Isotopes Victory at Tacoma

May 4, 2019

Isotopes 7 (17-13), Rainiers 1 (12-18) - Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Wash. TOEING THE RUBBER: Starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman limited the Rainiers to one run and two hits in 5.2 innings, earning his second win of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander did not allow a hit in his final 4.1 innings on

Scouting Report: Rockies' Rodgers

No. 9 overall prospect drawing raves as he closes in on Colorado
May 3, 2019

This is the third installment in a series in which looks at some of the game's most elite prospects from the points of view of opposing coaches, scouts and players. Interviewees have been kept anonymous for their objective evaluations. Check out our 2018 editions on Vlad Guerrero Jr. and

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 29

Rockies' Rodgers homers again, Mariners' Lewis drives in four
April 30, 2019

Rockies INF Brendan Rodgers, Triple-A Albuquerque: 1-for-3, 1 HR,1 RBI, 1 R -- For the third time in four games, Colorado's top prospect went deep, this time a solo shot to left field off Sacramento lefty Steven Okert as the Isotopes defeated the River Cats, 4-3, at Principal Park. Rodgers,

Isotopes' Rodgers knocks in four runs

Top Rockies prospect collects two hits, raises OPS to 1.003
April 28, 2019

Brendan Rodgers probably wouldn't mind spending a few more days in Salt Lake City.The top Rockies prospect knocked in half of Triple-A Albuquerque's runs in a 14-8 loss to the Bees on Sunday at Smith's Ballpark. He produced a season high in RBIs, just one day after homering in both games

Isotopes Sweep Wild Doubleheader at Salt Lake

April 28, 2019

Game One - Isotopes 10, Bees 7 Game Two - Isotopes 14 (14-9), Bees 12 (6-15) (8 innings) - Smith's Ballpark - Salt Lake City, Utah AT THE DISH (Game one): The Isotopes rallied from a six-run deficit as they trailed Salt Lake 7-1 in the fourth inning … Eight of the nine

Rodgers homers twice in Isotopes' sweep

Top Rockies prospect collects five hits across doubleheader
April 27, 2019

Two games, two dingers for top Rockies prospectBrendan Rodgers.'s No. 9 overall prospect homered in both games of Triple-A Alburquerque's doubleheader against Salt Lake, finishing the long night with five hits and six runs scored, as the Isotopes swept the Bees on Saturday at Smith's Ballpark. 

Isotopes Blank Tacoma in Series Opener behind Castellani's Quality Start

April 20, 2019

Isotopes 6 (9-7), Rainiers 0 (6-10) - Isotopes Park - Albuquerque, N.M.TOEING THE RUBBER: Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani threw 6.0 scoreless innings while limiting the Rainiers to four hits. The right-hander struck out eight batters as he improved his record to 2-0 for the year … Castellani's quality start was

Isotopes Blank Tacoma in Series Opener behind Castellani's Quality Start

April 20, 2019

Isotopes 6 (9-7), Rainiers 0 (6-10) - Isotopes Park - Albuquerque, N.M.TOEING THE RUBBER: Isotopes starter Ryan Castellani threw 6.0 scoreless innings while limiting the Rainiers to four hits. The right-hander struck out eight batters as he improved his record to 2-0 for the year … Castellani's quality start was

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 11

A's Murphy collects four hits and drives in four for Vegas
April 12, 2019

Athletics C Sean Murphy, Triple-A Las Vegas: 4-for-5, HR, 3B, 4 RBIs, 2 R -- Coming off of his first hitless game of the season on Wednesday, Murphy rebounded in a major way Thursday. The third-ranked A's prospect legged out an infield hit to get his night started in the

Rockies Prospect Primer: Rodgers ready

Star shortstop on doorstep of Major Leagues as 2019 opens
March 21, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: Brendan Rodgers, SSA

Rockies assign Rodgers to Minors camp

No. 10 overall prospect batted .222 in Cactus League play
March 16, 2019

The .222/.275/.525 slash line produced by Brendan Rodgers at his second Major League Spring Training might not overwhelm, but the top Rockies prospect impressed in Scottsdale the past several weeks.Any further improvements at camp will take place on the back fields.