Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 37…of 286. Stay tuned.
Trevor J’Daniel Rogers is a 6’6″, 185 lb. left-handed pitcher from Carlsbad, NM. Born on November 13th, 1997, Rogers was Miami’s first round selection in the 2017 draft, 13th overall off the board out of Carlsbad High School. You can follow Rogers on Twitter at @T_Raw1691.
The 13th overall selection, understandably, has a rich history of major league success. 53 percent of selectees have made it to baseball’s top level, led by Manny Ramirez (1991, Cleveland Indians, 69.4 career WAR), Frank Tanana (1971, California Angels, 57.6 WAR), Chris Sale (2010, Chicago White Sox, 42.9), and Garry Templeton (1974, St. Louis Cardinals, 27.9).
Carlsbad High School has also produced three major leaguers over the past 25 years. Shane Andrews, Paxton Crawford, and former Florida Marlins standout Cody Ross (also Rogers cousin) each attended the school.
Rogers signed with the Miami Marlins on June 23rd, almost three weeks after the draft for a $3,400,000 bonus. Although there were still over two months available in the two short season leagues that the Marlins were affiliated with, Rogers did not appear competitively through the 2017 campaign.
According to the MLB Pipeline:
"Rogers features an impressive fastball, one capable of reaching of the mid-90s but typically sits more in the low 90s. His heater plays up because of his long arms, deception and very good command of the pitch. The southpaw’s secondary stuff is well behind his fastball, as Rogers will throw a slider and a curveball that tend to bleed together, with the former currently ahead of the latter. He has trouble staying on top of his curve, and some scouts believe he will likely be better off sticking to the slider at the next level. He also throws a changeup that is getting better and approaching average."
Rogers is expected to develop into a mid-rotation major league starter. He’s on a timeline for a late-2021 callup.
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Rogers made 17 rotational starts for the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League. He struck out 85 in 72 2/3 innings, but also gave up a 5.82 WHIP and a 1.56 WHIP, going 2-7 and allowing an opposing slashline of .295/.355/.428.
Rogers showed what he’s capable of on July 29th, when he struck out 12 and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 2-1 victory over the Hickory Crawdads. Rogers allowed two walks and one hit over 7 2/3 inning. He earned a career-best 92 GameScore and placed 67-of-95 pitches over the plate. He was named the SAL Player of the Week.
Soon after the draft, Rogers was ranked as the number one overall Miami Marlins prospect, but as the farm system has been enriched, Rogers has dropped down the rankings. He’s currently Miami’s 10th ranked prospect.
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