Trevor Rogers was the Miami Marlins first round choice back in 2017.
Held out of action after his selection, Trevor Rogers made his professional debut the following season in the South Atlantic League with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, at the Single-A level. In 17 starts for the Hoppers, he struck out 85 in 72 2/3 innings. Some of his other simple metrics were concerning – a 2-7 record, a 5.82 ERA, and a 1.555 WHIP belied his youth. Could he rise to the Miami Marlins sooner than expected?
This year as the Jupiter Hammerheads Opening Day starter, in the High-A Florida State League, he’s posted a 3-6 record, to go along with an ERA less-than-half of last seasons output, at 2.50. He’s still making them miss, too, with 80 K’s in 75 2/3 innings. He’s getting touched this year to the tune of a 1.286 WHIP, another big improvement on last years numbers. He’s also walked only 20 batters over that time.
Over Rogers’ last three games, he’s allowed only six hits in 19 innings of work, while racking up 24 strikeouts and allowing zero earned runs. This includes today’s performance in a 2-1 win over the Bradenton Marauders (Pittsburgh Pirates). Rogers got 76-of-104 over the plate for a 73.1 percent strike conversion rate. He struck out eight in as many innings, while holding the baby Pirates to one unearned run on two singles and a walk.
Currently the Miami Marlins 16th ranked prospect, Rogers is still just 21-years-old. A 6’6″ lefty fireballer, Rogers has a 60-grade fastball to go along with slightly-above average secondary pitches in his changeup and his slider. He’s still learning to control his curveball, which grades out as average but has potential to be a plus-pitch. According to the MLB.COM’s prospect pipeline:
"Rogers has plenty of raw talent but is only scratching the surface of his potential. He throws strikes but will have to refine the rest of his repertoire to keep hitters off his fastball. He has a chance to become a mid-rotation starter but will need plenty of development time to get there."
Time is definitely one of many things that Rogers has on his side. With normal development, he should spend next season at the Double-A level with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, in the Southern League. That puts him on a timetable to join the Miami Marlins either in 2021 or 2022, depending on his pre-2021 spring training performance.
Elsewhere in the Miami Marlins system today, the DSL Marlins (13-9) dropped a 3-2 decision to the DSL Rays1 (11-12). In the Gulf Coast League, Garvis Lara, Easton Lucas, Josh Simpson, and Cody Paiva combined on a three-hitter to defeat the GCL Mets (2-1), 4-0. The GCL Marlins, now at 3-0 to start their season, were led by a pair of hits, a run, and an RBI from Victor Mesa Jr.
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