On Rodgers: Skilled athlete with potential to grow into a bigger role on the team ... Strong defensive player on the left side of the infield ... Capable offensive player who should continue to develop ... Also has the potential to pitch ... Will compete to earn a role on the team during the season.
Career: Has played in 42 games with 32 starts over the past two seasons ... A career .168 hitter (18-for-107) with six runs scored, two doubles, one triple and two runs batted in ... Has drawn four walks and been hit by a pitch seven times ... Has struck out 42 times ... Has three stolen bases while being caught twice, and has also laid down two sacrifice bunts ... Has a .929 fielding percentage with 60 putouts, 44 assists and eight errors while playing all four infield positions.
2017: Played in 37 games with 32 starts ... Started at least once at every infield position, with 24 of his starts coming at third base ... Also started four times at second base, three times at first base and once at shortstop ... Batted .171 (18-for-105) on the season with a .243 on-base percentage ... Had four runs scored, two runs batted in, two doubles and one triple ... Led the team with six times being hit by a pitch ... Drew four walks and struck out 41 times ... Stole three bases in five tries ... Had two sacrifice bunts ... Recorded four multi-hit games ... Started all three games of the season-opening series at Norfolk State at second base, and went 2-for-3 in the middle game of the series ... Had two hits and drove in two runs at Saint Joseph's ... Had three hits, including a double and a run scored, in a three-game home series versus George Washington ... Singled twice and stole two bases in a win at Wagner ... Totaled 59 putouts, 44 assists and eight errors for a .928 fielding percentage ... Had seven putouts at second base at Norfolk State and a season-high five assists earlier in that series; BIG EAST: Saw time in 14 conference games with 12 starts ... Went 3-for-35 (.086) at the plate with a double and a run scored ... Drew two walks and was hit by a pitch four times to post a .220 on-base percentage ... Had two sacrifice bunts.
2016: Saw action in five games off the bench ... Went 0-for-2 at the plate with one strikeout, one hit by pitch and two runs scored ... Was hit by a pitch against Hartford while pinch hitting in his collegiate debut ... Pinch hit and stayed in the game at shortstop in the second game of the Hartford series ... Pinch ran and scored against Penn; BIG EAST: Saw action in two games of the Creighton series ... Came in as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the series opener and went 0-for-1 with a putout in the field ... Pinch ran and scored in the second game of a doubleheader later in the series.
Club Baseball: Played for the All Star Baseball Academy during the fall of his senior year ... Every player on his team committed to playing college baseball by the end of the season.
Malvern Prep: Earned two varsity letters in baseball as a middle infielder ... Led his team in home runs and slugging percentage as a junior ... His team won league and state titles his junior and senior seasons ... Named the Mainline Athlete of the Week as a senior ... Achieved Distinguished Honors status as a freshman and a sophomore ... Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and a senior.
Personal: Born 6/20/96 in West Chester, Pa. ... One of four children of Ron and Mary Ellen Rodgers ... Siblings are Celia (27), Dan (26) and Allen (19) ... Brother, Dan, played college lacrosse and was a goalie at Drexel ... Enjoys playing the guitar and reading books in his spare time ... Chose to attend Villanova for the excellent reputation of its academic programs and the strength of the baseball program ... Also noted the school's proximity to home and Augustinian background as deciding factors ... Double major in Economics and Philosophy ... Earned a Business minor through the Villanova Business Institute summer program.