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2015 MLB Draft Profile: Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

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The last time there was a prep shortstop as good as Rodgers in the draft, the Astros drafted him. What makes him 2015's consensus top hitter?

Measurables:

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 190 lbs.

60 yard dash (recorded by Perfect Game): 6.77 seconds

IF throw velocity (recorded by Perfect Game): 93 MPH

Summary

Since very early in the pre-draft process, Rodgers has been considered one of the best prospects in the country. Solidly built with great functional strength and short area burst, Rodgers is the rare breed of player with the movement skills and fluidity to man shortstop and the strength and coordination to hit for average and power. Rodgers is the kind of player who makes everything look effortless- covering ground in a hurry at short and fielding the ball to either side of his body with ease. He has above average arm strength which plays up due to his smooth, quick throwing release. While Rodgers doesn't have the raw speed of some of the game's more elite shortstops, his quickness, acceleration, footwork and actions make him more than capable of sticking at shortstop.

While Rodgers' glove is a positive, especially when factoring in positional value, his true calling card is his bat. With prodigious bat speed, active hands, strong wrists and an advanced approach, Rodgers covers the plate excellently and can drive pitches to all fields. He has a quick trigger and a knack for getting barrel to ball, and it erupts off of his bat. He employs a simple setup at the plate, starting upright and loading his hands early while maintaining good balance. He generates a lot of pop with his hips and shoulders which explode through the strike zone. He projects to hit for both average and power as a likely middle of the order bat.

It's difficult to knock anything about Rodgers' game. He has no tools that grade out lower than 50, and has the potential for plus hit and power tools at the shortstop position. He's a Carlos Correa-level prospect with MVP candidate potential. Even though he comes from the prep ranks, there is likely no player in the country who projects as a star as easily as Rodgers does.

MLB Projection

Rodgers projects as a 3-hole type hitter and a strong defensive shortstop who has the potential to be an all-star caliber player.

Projected Draft Round

Rodgers will most likely be selected with either the first or second pick in the 2015 draft by the Diamondbacks or Astros.

College Commitment

Florida State

Will He Sign?

Like any other top-3 selection without extenuating circumstances, Rodgers is a lock to sign.

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