The Miami Marlins were banking on a lot of bang for their buck when they picked Trevor Rogers in the draft. 13 months later, it’s looking like a good choice.
Trevor Rogers was the Miami Marlins first round pick in 2017, with the 13th pick off the board. A 6’6″, 185 lb. left-handed fireballer from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Rogers put his name on the dotted line for a $3.4 million signing bonus soon after the draft.
Rogers didn’t appear in any capacity as a pitcher after the draft last season. The Miami Marlins had been bit one too many times by the pre-emptive blowing out of the elbow. First Tyler Kolek, then Braxton Garrett were amongst the first round picks over the last few years who required Tommy John surgery. Kolek didn’t look the same after his surgery, and we’re still awaiting the return of Garrett.
The post-high-school rest may have done Rogers some good. They brought him along, slowly, at instructional camp last season. This year, he was assigned to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Miami’s low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
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Rogers made his professional debut on May 22nd against the Kannapolis Intimidators. He gave up three runs in three innings, but also struck out five batters. He’s struck out 46 in 40 2/3 innings thus far with the Hoppers, against just 14 walks.
Rogers is still raw, and appears to need some time to hone his craft. In only two of his 10 career starts has he not allowed more hits than innings pitched. This has resulted in a .335 opposing batting average, and a 1.75 WHIP.
In a noontime matinee performance today against the Asheville Tourists, Rogers started to yield some measurable results in the form of a W. In six innings of work, he struck out eight batters and allowed only two runs. His longest ever outing was also his first quality start, and his first victory. He did walk a batter, and allowed seven hits, getting 63-of-93 pitches over the plate.
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Rogers is now 1-4 with a 6.42 ERA, but that number has come down in each of his last four starts, nearly three runs since June 26th. He’s got a fastball that reaches 95MPH with a knee buckling slider. He’s also home to an effective changeup. Rogers delivers the ball with a three-quarters slot that’s reminiscent of former Marlins starter Andrew Miller. H/T to baseballamerica.com.
Although Rogers was a little old for his graduating class, he’s still only 20-years-old. If he can learn fool opponents a little better, there’s no reason to expect him to stagnate at low-A. The Jupiter Hammerheads will probably be his next stop, likely for opening day in 2019. He projects as a possible #2 or #1 starting pitcher, and we should look for him in Miami in 2022.
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