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The 2015 MLB Draft is full of college pitching and toolsy prep players. Right now there isn’t one player that is the consensus first overall pick, but who knows what will happen by the end of spring. Players will drop and some will shoot up draft boards. It is agreed upon right now that Brendan Rodgers is the top High School player, and potentially the top player in the country.
Rodgers has the potential to be a “face of the franchise” type of player. He is praised for his short and compact swing. This allows him to generate enough power for a projected 20-25 home runs a year. Combined with his amazing bat speed, Rodgers looks to be a powerful force at the plate. He has above average speed, which plays on the base paths, and helps his range at short. It looks that Rodgers will remain at shortstop, but positions can always change depending on organizational needs. If he were to move positions, it most likely would be second or third base. He does have a plus arm, so that would help him make a transition to third. There’s a lot to like about his fielding, which features smooth hands and great range.
His on the field attributes are not the only thing that will help him succeed at the next level. It is said that Rodgers is one of the hardest working amateurs in this year’s draft. As he transitions over to being a professional, where all his time is spent on baseball, It’s not to hard to envision Rodgers as a player who moves quickly through the minors. A player comparison that I would make is a young J.J. Hardy, who hits for a better average but same power potential.
I think that this year’s draft is going to be very exciting, with the potential for teams to be get creative with their picks. Right now the destinations that look likely for Rodgers could be Diamondbacks (1st overall), Astros (second overall) and maybe if he is still on the board, the Rangers (4th overall). The Diamondbacks look to rebuild, so Rodgers would be a perfect start to help rebuild. The Astros do have a possible shortstop in Carlos Correa, but if Rodgers is selected by them, they could move one of them to third. In the case of the Rangers, if Rodgers falls down to them, they might take him because he would be the best available player at the time. Either way, whatever team picks Rodgers is getting a premium talent, and a player who is willing to work hard to be the very best.