Exploring the Arsenal – Mark Rogers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs .

Friday, 8:10 PM – Mark Rogers

2012  
IP 33.2
K/PA 25.4%
BB/PA 8.5%
HR/9 1.07
GB% 41.1%
Whiff% 25.7%
ERA 4.28
FIP 3.66





Rogers is a former first round draft pick who has struggled to stay healthy for much of his professional career. He has very good stuff, with a fastball that sits 92-96 and occasionally touches 97 MPH. His primary breaking ball is an 82-85 MPH slider. The pitch shows good, sharp break, and Rogers is willing to use it against both lefties and righties. He also mixes in a 77-80 MPH 12-to-6 curve and an occasional 80-85 MPH changeup. Rogers does not have great command, an issue that plagued him throughout the minors. He has managed to keep his walk rate respectable in his limited big league experience, but he often struggles to stay down in the zone. Rogers threw five shutout innings against the Pirates in his last start.

Author: Matt Bandi

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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