Rodgers leads Rox trio on Top 100 Prospects

McMahon (No. 41), Pint (No. 100) join 15th-ranked player on MLB Pipeline list

January 27th, 2018

DENVER -- Rockies middle-infield prospect Brendan Rodgers returns to MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list in the No. 15 spot -- the same one he held last year. But make no mistake, Rodgers has moved forward.
Rodgers, who is joined on the 2018 list by Rockies first-base prospect (No. 41) and right-handed pitcher Riley Pint (No. 100), held his spot after putting together standout offensive numbers -- a .336 batting average, a .373 on-base percentage and a .567 slugging percentage -- at the Class A and Double-A levels. After being drafted third overall in 2016 out of Lake Mary (Fla.) High School, it was the first year in full-season leagues for Rodgers, 21.
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Rodgers was hitting .400 through 48 games with Lancaster in the Class A Advanced California League when the Rockies promoted him. He spent the next 38 games with Hartford in the Double-A Eastern League and hit .260 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games before suffering a right quadriceps injury. Once healthy, Rodgers finished the regular season and spent the playoffs at Lancaster.
Rodgers is being prepared at both middle-infield positions and likely will also see time at third base before he is ready for the Majors. The Rockies have been impressed with his development at shortstop, especially on plays to the middle of the diamond.
McMahon, 23, hit .355 with 20 homers and 88 RBIs last season at Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque -- including .374 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 70 games at Albuquerque. He debuted in the Majors by going 3-for-19 over 17 games at the end of last season, but could have a shot to earn playing time at first base this year.

McMahon was not on the Top 100 list last year, after some struggles at the Double-A level as a 21-year-old. However, not only did he find his swing, but he made forward strides defensively. Drafted in the second round in 2013 out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., as a third baseman, McMahon saw significant time at first base and second base last season.
Pint, 20, selected fourth overall in 2016 out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., debuted on the '17 list at No. 51 after throwing just 37 innings at Rookie-level Grand Junction. He dropped to the bottom of the list after taking his lumps in his first full professional season -- 2-11, 5.52 ERA in 22 starts at Class A Asheville. But once he learns to control his fastball -- which sits in the upper 90s and has been clocked at better than 100 mph -- most believe Pint could take off quickly.

Last season, Pint struck out 79 against 53 walks in 93 innings. Scouts who watched him reported that he has a couple of power breaking pitches to go with his fastball, but a changeup that fades to his arm side could separate him from other pitchers -- once he finds a way to get ahead in counts.