Chosen in the first round in 2017, Trevor Rogers didn’t get into a game until the following season. He kind of came into his own this season at the high-A level, ranking second in the Florida State League with 122 strikeouts (in only 110 1/3 innings). He achieved that despite spending the last month of the season up a level, with the Jumbo Shrimp.
Still though, Rogers will probably not get to the majors at any point until at least the 2021 season. He’s still just 21-years-old, but the sky appears to be the limit. In addition to his 10.0 K/9 rate, he also walked only 24 for a 2.0 BB/9 rate, and ended his time at high-A with a 1.097 WHIP.
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In the same figurative boat as Rogers, Braxton Garrett was the Miami Marlins first round pick the season prior, in 2016. After striking out 16 in 15 1/3 innings with the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers back in 2017, he was laid up with Tommy John Surgery.
Garrett has matched Rogers, K-for-K since his return, as the two packed a formidable 1-2 punch for the Hammerheads through much of the season. 118 K’s in 105 innings for a 10.1 K/9 rate, along with a better-than-average 1.229 WHIP.
Rogers, Garrett, Cabrera, Sanchez, and Alcantara could be a formidable staff by 2021. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait and see.