The Marlins haven’t been shy about calling up their top prospects this month with so many veterans still making their way back from COVID-19 infections. We will reportedly be treated to yet another debut against the Mets on Tuesday when left-hander Trevor Rogers takes the mound.
MLB Network insider Craig Mish has confirmed this report.
The second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader is a make-up of last Thursday’s postponement in Miami, so the Fish will serve as the “home” team. It’ll be a seven-inning contest instead of the traditional nine. Top pitching prospect Sixto Sánchez made his own debut last Saturday in Washington, DC under similar circumstances.
While not as universally acclaimed as Sixto, Rogers is also coming off an extremely productive 2019 campaign. That included a late-summer call-up to Double-A Jacksonville. This year, he participated in Marlins major league spring training and has been pitching at the organization’s alternate training site in Jupiter ever since.
Trevor Rogers led all Marlins minor leaguers last season with 150 K. Bringing his act to The Show in the near future. pic.twitter.com/yNVyrdw21v— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) February 24, 2020
The No. 13 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, Rogers celebrates his 23rd birthday in November. He will become only the 12th pitcher born in New Mexico to start a major league game.
An excerpt from his scouting report on Baseball America:
A lean, 6-foot-6, 185-pound left-hander, Rogers has worked to add strength and velocity to his low- to mid-90s fastball, which tops out at 96 mph. He has thrown both a changeup and slider in the past, with both grading out as average offerings but showing the potential for more. He’s recently worked on adding a cutter to his arsenal, looking to find a go-to offspeed pitch in order to increase his strikeout rate.
Like many of us, BA did not anticipate Rogers arriving to the majors until 2021.
Rogers is not yet on the Marlins 40-man roster. He will need to be have his contract selected before the club acknowledges this decision.