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Five questions with Rockies' Brendan Rodgers

Jim Callis talks to Colorado's top prospect

Five questions with Rockies' Brendan Rodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As part of MLBPipeline.com's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities this month, we will be sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Rockies camp, it was No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers.

MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft, Rodgers went No. 3 overall as the first high school player selected and signed for a franchise-record $5.5 million. He has the offensive upside of former franchise icon Troy Tulowitzki and the athleticism to possibly stay at shortstop or become a standout third baseman. In his pro debut, he batted .273/.340/.420 with three homers in 37 games at Rookie-level Grand Junction.

MLBPipeline.com: What was it like going through the Draft process as a potential No. 1 overall pick? Were you able to enjoy it at all?

Rodgers: It was hectic. I'm honestly glad that it's all over with. It put stress on me and my family. I was a high school kid and we didn't know what to expect. It was crazy but I still would do it again. I did enjoy a lot of it. I got to go to big league stadiums and MLB Network. I just went with the flow and tried to play my hardest.

MLB Pipeline Spring Training reports
Date Overview 5 questions
March 3 Indians Justus Sheffield
March 4 D-backs Adam Miller
March 7 Brewers J. Nottingham
March 7 Mariners Alex Jackson
March 8 Cubs Albert Almora
March 8 White Sox Eddy Alvarez
March 9 Rockies B. Rodgers
March 10 Padres Logan Allen
March 11 Giants Lucius Fox
March 14 Royals M. Gasparini
March 14 A's Richie Martin
March 15 Rangers Dillon Tate
March 15 Angels Jahmai Jones
March 16 Dodgers Alex Verdugo
March 17 Reds Rookie Davis
March 18 Twins Tyler Jay
March 18 Astros Daz Cameron
March 21 Red Sox Travis Lakins
March 21 Tigers Steven Moya
March 22 Rays Jacob Faria
March 22 Braves Touki Toussaint
March 23 Orioles Chance Sisco
March 23 Nationals Erick Fedde
March 24 Mets D. Lindsay
March 24 Yankees Donny Sands
March 25 Blue Jays Rowdy Tellez
March 25 Cardinals Nick Plummer
March 28 Marlins Tyler Kolek
March 29 Phillies Nick Williams
March 30 Pirates Jameson Taillon

MLBPipeline.com: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make to pro ball? Was it facing a higher caliber of pitching or was it the physical grind? You missed roughly half of the Pioneer League season with leg injuries.

Rodgers: It was learning to play every day, a lot of times on few hours of sleep after long bus rides. It puts a different kind of hurting on your body. It's something I had to get used to. I learned the lesson that I have to take better care of my body, eat better. I've been here since January working out with big league camp guys like Trevor Story, David Dahl and Ryan McMahon, getting back in playing shape. Everything feels good. Hopefully, I learned a lot from last year.

MLBPipeline.com: What are you hoping to accomplish in your first full professional season? The assumption is that you'll go to Class A Asheville, which is a nice place to hit.

Rodgers: I've heard Asheville has a short porch to the opposite [right] field, that it's a hitter's park. My main focus is to have good at-bats this year. I want to try to steal some bags. My speed is about average right now but I'm working on my speed and agility. I want more confidence swiping bags.

MLBPipeline.com: Do you have timetable in mind for when you think you'll be ready for the big leagues?

Rodgers: I know I said when I signed that I could get there when I was 21. It's really hard to tell now that I've experienced my first year. To do that, you've got to have a crazy year every year. It's a long process, a development process. The big thing is getting there and staying there.

MLBPipeline.com: You're sporting a short haircut after previously being known for your stylish flow. What happened?

Rodgers: I got it cut three days ago. I hadn't had it cut this short since elementary school when I was 12. I liked it long and flowing but it's so hot out here. It was getting so aggravating, so I got it cut. I'm liking it like this.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.