HARTFORD, Conn. – Wednesday night marked the third consecutive year Brendan Rodgers was selected to play in his league’s All-Star Game.
This Sunday will mark the second consecutive year the third overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft will represent the Colorado Rockies in the All-Star Futures Game, a showcase game highlighting baseball’s top prospects that began in 1999.
In being selected, Rodgers will join a special group of Rockies players to have appeared on two All-Star Futures Game rosters, a feat accomplished just six times previously for the franchise: Ben Petrick (1999-2000), Jorge de la Rosa (2002-2003), Carlos Gonzalez (2006-2007), Willin Rosario (2010-2011), Nolan Arenado (2011-2012), and Raimel Tapia (2015-2016).
In last year’s parade of prospects at Marlins Park in Miami, Rodgers was spectacular in limited action. He started the game at second base for the U.S. team and batted ninth in the order, driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in his first plate appearance and hitting a single in the fourth, later coming around to score a run that would give his team a 5-0 lead.
The former high school all-American even delivered on the defensive side of the ball, making an impressive diving stop off the bat of the slugging Padres first base prospect, Josh Naylor.
“It was unbelievable,” Rodgers told BSN Denver, of his time at the game. “Probably one of the best experiences that I could imagine. It was about as big league as I can think of the big leagues being. Obviously, I’ve never been there. It was on a big league field— pretty much a brand new stadium—and a big league clubhouse.”