After being drafted in the first round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins out of Carlsbad high-school in New Mexico, Trevor Rogers took a while to make his professional debut. The 6’6” lefty made his first pro start in late May of 2018 with Class-A Greensboro. He flashed some of the talent that made him a first rounder that season (striking out 85 batters in 72 2/3 innings), but he had a 5.82 ERA.
#Marlins LHP Trevor Rogers outing tonight. Shows three pitches, flashes both CH and SL in this video–FB t94 with projection, athlete w/ loose delivery. High ceiling, one of the best pitching prospects I have seen this yr from an upside perspective. #JuntosMiami @2080ball pic.twitter.com/7cclKRqAvZ
— Adam McInturff (@2080adam) June 2, 2018
2019 has been a big improvement for Rogers.
“I think it’s just getting the year of experience under my belt…I didn’t have that being out the majority of my first half-season in the GCL, and only getting time in extended and going straight to Low A,” Rogers told me. “My first full season last year, that was the main thing I was focusing on with the trainer, working on trying to get a routine so my body would recuperate from start to start. [I] finally got a routine, and it’s been helping everyday this year, and that’s contributed to some of the success this year.”
In regard to his game, Rogers said, “I love to compete. It’s the main reason I play this game. I love this game.” He says his goal on the mound is to “Command both sides of the plate, expand with the off-speed stuff, and really control all four quadrants of the plate.”
Throwing from a low three quarters arm slot featuring a low to mid 90s fastball along with a slider and changeup allows him to keep batter off balance and draw plenty of swinging strikes.
Rogers made 18 starts in High-A Jupiter where he threw 115 innings and struck out 128 batters. The ability to strike batters out isn’t anything new. What really impresses about Rogers is his durability and run prevention. A 2.58 ERA was good enough to earn him a promotion to Double-A Jacksonville, as well as mid-season All-Star honors in High-A.
In his first Double-A start versus the Biloxi Shuckers, Rogers went 4 2/3 innings while giving up 2 runs and striking out six batters.
“I think it went well,” he said. “I’m just trying to be too perfect, rather than just pitch to contact, but it went well. They definitely have a better approach here, not nearly as aggressive as in High-A. It will take some adjustment. It’s a great experience and the atmosphere is unbelievable. It’s going to be a fun time.”
Cruel and unusual punishment to put a left-handed batter in the lineup when Trevor Rogers is on the mound 😈 pic.twitter.com/vxjY5cuIg9
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 11, 2019
Having been drafted in 2017, Rogers has had a taste of both the Loria and the Sherman/Jeter ownership groups. The renewed focus on building the Marlins from the farm system is something that drew a passionate response in Rogers.
“We have a plan now. They’re not going to tolerate losing anymore, which I love. It’s exciting to see the way this organization is stepping forward. They actually put money into us, they believe in us. They count on us to bring them championships in the future.”
Moving forward, Rogers – along with some of the other young starters in the Marlins farm system like Sixto Sanchez, Edward Cabrera and Braxton Garrett – is expected to play a big role in the major league rotation. With so much success from that group thus far, the plan has become clearer and it paints a more certain picture of what the Marlins next winning core will look like.