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Rockies to call up prospect Brendan Rodgers

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Another day, another prospect gets called up. Well, another two days, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com is reporting that the Rockies are calling up shortstop prospect Brendan Rodgers tomorrow.

Rogers, 22, is batting .356/.421/.644 with nine home runs, 21 RBI, and 34 runs scored in 35 games this season at Triple-A Albuquerque. Adjust for (a) Albuquerque (elev: 5,312 feet); and (b) this year’s insanely-inflating Triple-A numbers in general, of course.

Still, Rodgers is considered a top 25-30 prospect overall. He’s reported to be an excellent contact hitter and has good power for a middle infielder. The only knock so far has been health, as he’s suffered some nagging injuries over the years which limited him to 114, 89 and 110 games over the past three seasons in the minors.

Rodgers could play some shortstop given that Trevor Story suffered a bruised knee in last night’s game against the Red Sox, but many think his future lies at second base. Which, this year, has been an offensive black hole for Colorado.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.