11/21/14

2015 Draft Profile - SS - Brendan Rodgers - Lake Mary (FL) HS - UPDATED 10-25-14

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11-13-14 - Minor League Madhouse  -    5. Houston Astros: Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS/OF Lake Mary High School, Florida - Given the Astros’ ability to stack up big name, almost immediate non-first round contributors in the past three drafts, see Tony Kemp, AJ Reed, Derek Fisher, as well as their current projects, (Carlos Correa, Colin Moran, Delino DeShields) and of course, their top pitching prospects (Mark Appel, Lance McCullers), it’s almost impossible to tell what they should use their other pick. Having already given them a top left handed pitcher in Phil Bickford, I decided to have them pick Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers is a versatile player, having played the middle infield, as well as some outfield. It’s almost a given, however, that a high school shortstop is going to move to another position. We saw it with Manny Machado, Gavin Cecchini of the Mets has been moving around a bit, etc. Rodgers does have a bat on him. as he hit .397 with 8 long balls this past season. He’ll be an interesting player to watch this year, as some scouting websites have him ranked as the top player in this year’s draft. http://minorleaguemadhouse.com/2014/10/18/early-2015-mlb-mock-draft-part-1/

10-25-14 - 


2015 SS Brendan Rodgers (Longwiod, FL) putting on a show defensively, stolen pair of outs with combo of instincts & arm strength

SS Brendan Rodgers (FL) looking good on defense today. Good hands. Nice play on slow roller & threw a seed on relay to get an out at home.


9-30-14 - 9-30-14 – Through The Fence - 4. Texas Rangers — Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL) - Rodgers impressed scouts all summer with his bat, as well as his defense at a premium position. He showed excellent bat speed, raw power and he has all of the actions and abilities to stick at shortstop. At the Perfect Game National Showcase, he threw 93 mph across the infield and was clocked at 6.7 in the 60. He may not steal many bases at the next level, but he is a terrific athlete who does everything well on the field. As a junior, he hit .397/.488/.823 over 22 games with five doubles, eight home runs and 10 walks to 10 strikeouts. Committed to Florida State. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-mock-1-0/44039#46FUm3YdfAufQr1H.99

9-11-14 – Fangraphs Top 50 Players in Draft -                 1. Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL), Florida State commit - Hit: 60/60, Raw Power: 60/60 , Speed: 50/50+ , Field: 50/55, Throw: 55/55 - Rodgers was a standout last summer with scouts saying he’d go in the top 50 picks as a high school junior, then he took a huge step forward this summer when his bat speed and raw power jumped at least a notch, if not two.  If you want to see him really let loose at the plate, check out this video, which I’m assuming is the And1 Mixtape Home Run Derby.  Rodgers is only a solid-average runner but makes the most of his foot speed with solid instincts and very rarely ever misplays a ball at short.  Some scouts aren’t ready to anoint him the top prospect in the land yet because he doesn’t “look like that type,” which is basically code for an average running white shortstop isn’t supposed to go 1/1.  An averaging running shortstop from Orlando went 5th overall last year with 50 at best raw power and the 2015 class is shallow up top, so Rodgers belongs somewhere close to #1 if he isn’t the best player right now. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2015-mlb-draft-top-51/


8-28-14 - 


Speaking of Brendan Rodgers, he was easily the most advanced hitter I saw at the Metropolitan Baseball Classic last week at Citi Field


8-27-14 - 


Brendan Rodgers has shot to be a top 5 pick in 2015. Here's some footage from workouts and the game.

8-12-14 - TTF Baseball - 


Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

At the Perfect Game National Showcase, Rodgers continued to show off his total package of skills. He threw 93 mph from across the infield, which was tops in the event. He ran a 6.7/60 and impressed scouts with his power and bat speed. The 6’-0”, 185 pound right-hander is a terrific athlete and a gifted defender, which will allow him to stick at a premium position at the next level. Offensively, he has great power potential, as well as a mature approach at the plate. Over 22 games as a junior, he hit .397/.488/.823 with five doubles, eight home runs, 10 walks and 10 strikeouts. He has established himself as the best prep hitter in the 2015 MLB draft. Committed to Florida State.  http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-armour-aa-game-preview-part-1/43804 

Read more at http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-armour-aa-game-preview-part-1/43804#O6zgsDyBeLLBfCWU.99


6-11-14 – Kevin Askeland/MaxPreps – Top 10 High School Players To Watch for 2015 Draft – Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary (Fla.), SS - Florida could be home to the top high school shortstop for the second straight year (Gordon was the top high school shortstop drafted this year), as Rodgers batted .397 with eight home runs. http://www.maxpreps.com/news/RE_IkTleBU-vFF_g8YCOQg/top-10-high-school-players-to-watch-for-2015-mlb-draft.htm

B/R - 4. Chicago Cubs Select Fla. HS SS Brendan Rodgers - If there's one player who can challenge Dazmon Cameron for the top spot on the high school position-player board next year, it's Brendan Rodgers. He's not the same kind of athlete but has the benefit of projecting as a shortstop in pro ball.  Rodgers isn't dazzling with the glove; he just makes all the plays you need from a shortstop. He's got average arm strength that plays up because of his ability to release the ball quickly and accurately thanks to excellent footwork. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2


6-10-14 - Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary High School, FL
When discussing the 2014 draft last month with a scout, Rodgers came up.  The scout’s take on Rodgers was that he would be the top pick in 2014 if he was eligible.   Rodgers squares up regularly, showing good bat speed and power.  A big bat and the ability to stick at a premium position is likely to keep him near the top of draft boards.

6-3-14  -  One of the top defensive coming out of high school in 2015 is Lake Mary (FL High School's Brendan Rodgers. Scouts project he will stay at short due to his strong arm, athleticism, and soft hands. He also has above average speed that comes to play both in the field and at bat.

Now, this doesn't mean he can't hit a ball. His stat line, through 5-20-14, was .397/.488/.823, 8-HR, 10BB/10K.

He's committed to Florida State but it's tough to imagine him not moving on to the pros.






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