Josh Rogers – LHP
Josh Rogers seems to have been the least valuable part of the Zach Britton trade. Rogers was drafted in the 11th round of the 2015 draft by the Yankees.
Since then he’s been fairly average. He had himself quite a year in 2016, starting 24 games and pitching 136.1 innings with a 2.38 ERA and a 7.60 K/9 between High-A and Double-A, showing that he does have some potential.
That being said, this year in Triple-A with the Yankees, Rogers was less than impressive, pitching to a 3.95 ERA with a 6.83 K/9 over 19 starts and 109.1 innings. He’s had one start in Triple-A for the Orioles this year, pitching seven innings of shutout ball.
As for his repertoire, Rogers has a fastball with some fairly average velocity, though the movement on the pitch and his command of the pitch make it relatively effective. He’s also got an above-average slider that works as a putaway pitch and a decent changeup.
Overall, Rogers looks like he could be a consistent backend starter, though more likely he’ll end up being the latest feature on the train back and forth between Norfolk and Baltimore.