With the 13th overall selection in the 2017 MLB amateur draft, the Miami Marlins selected Trevor Rogers. On Sunday, he flashed brilliant for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Trevor Rogers got the start for the Greensboro Grasshoppers at 4PM local time at First National Bank Field. Rogers did not earn the victory, although Greensboro did eventually defeat the Hickory Crawdads by a 2-1 final score. What he did do was flash a little of the magic that we were all hoping for when the Miami Marlins spent a first round pick for him.
Rogers, who at 6’6″ literally towers over his competition, came into Sunday’s contest with a 1-4 career record at the middle-A level, with a 5.98 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP, and a .317 opposing batting average. Counting Sunday’s performance, his ERA has now dropped in six consecutive games.
All he did against the visiting Crawdads was strike out 12 batters in a career-long 7 2/3 inning outing. He allowed just one hit, to the final hitter he faced. Miguel Aparicio broke up his no-hitter with just four outs left, and reliever Michael Mertz stranded Aparicio by getting Kole Enright to fly out to fellow Miami Marlins top prospect Tristan Pompey.
Mertz eventually blew the save on an unearned run. Leadoff batter Bubba Thompson reached first on an error in the ninth, stole second and third, and scored without the benefit of a hit, crossing the plate on a Tyreque Reed groundout. Here’s Rogers from last month.
Rogers drained his ERA all the way down to 5.13 and his oppBA to .286, over 30 points in just one game. His GameScore of 92 was by far the best mark of his career, and he placed 67-of-95 pitches over the plate, a strike rate of over 70 percent. When I wrote about Rogers last week, I alluded to the brilliance that has been hinted at since his selection. Rogers displayed that brilliance for the first time, and 3,405 lucky fans were on hand to see it all go down.
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Roeder struck out three and notched a Quality Start for the Jupiter Hammerheads, pitching 6 2/3 innings and surrendering just one run on three hits and a walk versus the Dunedin Blue Jays in Florida State League action. The Sharks lost, 3-2 in the end.
Batting eighth for the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Rodriguez hit a single and a double, also drawing a walk, scoring twice and knocking two runs in. New Orleans also dropped their matchup, 7-5 to the Tacoma Rainiers.
Alonso batted cleanup for the Hammerheads, and went two-for-three with a single, a solo home run, and a walk.
Braley, who was on a rehab stint with the GCL Marlins, started against the GCL Mets and lasted four shutout innings. He struck out four, walked zero, and allowed six base-hits.
Guerrero was the starting pitcher for the Batavia Muckdogs on the road against the Vermont Lake Monsters. In five innings of work, he whiffed five and surrendered three runs on four hits and four walks., getting 46-of-83 pitches in the strike zone.
Soto batted fifth for Greensboro against the Crawdads, and hit two doubles in four at bats, also collecting two RBI.
Miami’s top overall draft pick in 2018 was also on display on Sunday. For GCL, he hit a single and a double, knocking one run home and scoring twice.
Telis, who is now hitting .301 for New Orleans, went two-for-four with a double and a run scored batting fifth for the Cakes.
Dylan Lee pitched two innings in relief in the Baby Cakes loss, striking out four and allowing only a base hit.
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