Miami Marlins Win One of Three Against Phillies: Post Series Grades

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 08: Miguel Rojas /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 08: Miguel Rojas /

Miguel Rojas +.187

Miguel Rojas, now a 29-year-old infielder, was originally part of the Cincinnati Reds organization when signed as a teen in 2005. After working his way up to the triple-A level in 2012, the Reds granted his free agency. That’s where the Los Angeles Dodgers picked him up.

After a season in double-A for the Dodgers, Rojas split the 2014 season between their triple-A club and the parent organization. After 85 games in which he slashed just .181/.242/.221, Los Angeles included him as a toss-in with Dee Gordon and Dan Haren. The Marlins gave up Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney, and Enrique Hernandez in the deal.

Rojas started the first game of the series batting seventh and striking out to end the second inning. He grounded out to open the fifth, then grounded out again to end the seventh.

In Game Two, the 20-1 loss, Rojas hit a single in the second inning with a man on first. That was worth a +.070 WPA because it was before the contest was truly out of reach. He flew out for the second out of the fourth when the Marlins were down by eight. In the seventh, he struck out for the second out of the inning when down by 18 runs.

Game Three was close for most of the contest, so the leverage added to each plate appearance was higher. Rojas batted second and hit a one-out homer in the top of the first to start things out. That was worth +.098 WPA. Later, he grounded out to shortstop to close the second (-.010) and grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the fifth (-.099). His leadoff HBP in the eighth was worth (+.068), and of course Rojas came across with the eventual winning run. He flew out to center to end the Marlins ninth.