SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On a gorgeous 76-degree day in the desert, Brendan Rodgers sat in the shade, looking fit and relaxed and bubbling with confidence as he discussed the season ahead.
“You haven’t seen me, be me. I’m ready to be me and get out there and show people what I’m capable of,” Rodgers said Tuesday after the Rockies’ first full-squad workout of spring training.
The Rockies would rejoice should that come to pass.
Rodgers, after all, was the third overall pick of the 2015 draft out of Lake Mary High School in Florida. He received a $5.5 million signing bonus at age 18. At the time, Rodgers said he wanted to make the majors by age 21.
He almost reached that goal, but so far, he’s been more about potential than performance.
Since making his big-league debut on May 17, 2019, at age 22, he’s hit .196 with a .235 on-base percentage in 97 at-bats over 32 games. He has yet to hit a home run. Injuries, most crucially a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required season-ending surgery in July 2019, have defined his career.
Rodgers understands it’s his job to translate potential into production.
Manager Bud Black is confident Rodgers can pull it off, and provide the Rockies with the starting second baseman they need.
“There’s another year of maturity, and another year of growth, and I think now he sees himself as a guy (where)…