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Rockies sign No. 3 overall pick Brendan Rodgers for $5.5 million


Florida high school shortstop and No. 3 overall pick Brendan Rodgers has signed with the Rockies for a below-slot deal.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that he’ll receive $5.5 million, compared to the recommended slot bonus of $6.3 million for the third pick.

Baseball America rated Rodgers as the top prospect in the draft class, but he went third behind two college shortstops in Dansby Swanson of Vanderbilt and Alex Bregman of LSU. Neither of them have signed yet.

Braves demote Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A

Mike Foltynewicz Braves

Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz is headed back to Triple-A six weeks after being called up and added to the starting rotation.

Foltynewicz had some early success, but allowed 16 runs in 16 innings this month to push his overall ERA to 5.19 in nine starts. He posted a solid 48/17 K/BB ratio in 52 innings, but served up eight homers.

Acquired from the Astros in January as part of the Evan Gattis trade, Foltynewicz is a 23-year-old former first-round draft pick who ranked among Baseball America’s top-100 prospects last year. He remains a big part of the Braves’ rebuilding plans.

Phillies place Jerome Williams on the disabled list

Jerome Williams

Philadelphia’s pitching staff just lost a little veteran depth, as the Phillies placed right-hander Jerome Williams on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Williams has been terrible this season, posting a 6.43 ERA in 14 starts and allowing opponents to hit .331 off him after signing with the Phillies for $2.5 million.

Last season Williams had a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies, which convinced them to bring him back this year, but he’s got a lifetime 4.55 ERA through age 33 and has posted an ERA under 4.00 just once since 2004.