Chad Rodgers, a 2006 Walsh Jesuit graduate, has been recognized as one of the Atlanta Braves top 10 prospects entering the 2008 season by minorleaguebaseball.com. The website has Rodgers ranked as the Braves sixth-best prospect.
Rodgers, a left-handed pitcher, was selected in the third round with the 100th overall draft pick in the 2006 draft. Rodgers has compiled a 6-3 record with two saves, a 3.18 ERA in 22 games (15 starts) in two short season leagues, the Gulf Coast and Appalachian Leagues.
"Rodgers locates his fastball, which often sits in the low 90s, and his off-speed stuff is proving to be a very nice complement," mlb.com writer Kevin T. Czerwinski said in his assessment. "He battled through a minor shoulder issue late in the (2007) season but is healthy now and projects to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues."