“…as a serious contender to get a first big league call-up to make a spot start for the Yankees during their day-night doubleheader in Detroit June 4.”
Who is Josh Rogers and how has he flown under the radar for so long?
Rogers, 6’3, 220 lb, came out of the University of Louisville, an elite baseball institution, after his sophomore year and was drafted by the Yankees in the 11th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.
Despite being unranked on multiple top lists, Rogers has quickly navigated the lower ranks of the Yankees system and risen to AAA in 2018.
Ben Green of Yanks Go Yard noted that Rogers:
“…has a 4 season ERA of 2.80 and a 1.091 WHIP in the minors. Most of all, he pitches deep into games and threw 182 innings for 3 minor league teams including AA Trenton before finishing at Florida A+.”
While Rogers was perhaps expected to play in AA Trenton this season, he was assigned on April 6 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Pinstriped Prospects Matt Kardos ranks Rogers at number 39 in their top 75 Yankees prospect list for 2018. Kardos said of Rogers before the season began:
“Rogers has well-above average control, having walked just 41 batters in 241 1/3 innings of work in the system. He is equipped with a fastball, curveball, change-up arsenal that generates lots of weak contact. His fastball generally sits 88-91 MPH with some mild sink down in the zone. The change-up usually comes in between 83-85 MPH with late life; it is a pitch that he throws with good action and conviction at this point.”
Rogers has been better than than even Pinstriped Prospects predicted. According to Miller, Rogers is ranked fourth in the International League in ERA with a 2.48 through May 30, has held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in eight of 10 starts, and opponents are hitting .230 against him.
With the success he’s had this season, Rogers has attracted the Yankees’ attention, and fans can look forward to seeing him in Detroit on June 4 making his major league debut.