Chicago White Sox: 4 trade candidates to fill in for Nick Madrigal
Brendan Rodgers is a low-risk/high reward option for the Chicago White Sox.
Brendan Rodgers was another prospect with so much hype that unfortunately fizzled out due to an injury. He was a top prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization and in the MLB for a long time. As far back as when the Rockies had presumably a set infield with Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and DJ LeMahieu from left to right in 2015 and ‘16.
Rodgers finally made his way to the show earning his call-up in 2019. However, the top prospect was atrocious in the 25 games he played that year, made evident by his OPS of .522. He underwent shoulder surgery in July but his season was not going very well.
He played at the Rockies alternate site throughout the 2020 season, only playing in seven games and recording two hits, one double. Through 16 games, Rodgers is batting a slash of .250/.333/.673 with an OPS of .673. Initially, it may seem as if Rodgers might be having another bad season but in 11 fewer games, he has one more hit than Danny Mendick.
In his past six games, Rodgers seems to have figured something out. He has seven hits in 21 plate appearances. That is a slash of .412/.476/.647 and an OPS of 1.123.
It is a small sample size, so it is difficult to know for sure who the White Sox would be sending in return but if he manages to stay healthy, he could grow out of that shadow of a top prospect looming over him. On the other hand, if Rodgers is starting to figure things out, it may be worth it for the Sox to ask about him.