JASON ROGERS, FIRST BASEMAN
|Born: March 13, 1988
Drafted: 32nd Round, 969th Overall, 2010 (Brewers)
How Acquired: Trade (from Brewers for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak)
College: Columbus State University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Rogers has shown a good bat with solid power and a very good eye at the plate. He’s generally had good walk and K rates. As a 32nd-round draft pick, the Brewers seem to have handled him like an organizational player initially, and he was old for the levels he played at, but he got on the map with a good power showing in AA in 2013. Rogers spent much of 2015 with the Brewers, mainly coming off the bench, and had a good rookie season. He’s a big guy who’d seemingly be limited to first, but the Brewers tried him at third in 2014. He struggled with errors in the first half of the season, but did better in the second half. He’s also seen time in left. Rogers had a conventional platoon split during his first several years, but he hit RHPs better than LHPs in 2014-15, including his time in the majors. The Pirates acquired Rogers for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak.
Rogers played first in rookie ball. He hit decently, but at 22 he was very old for the level.
Rogers opened the season in low A, but he went out with a broken hamate in late April. He came back in late June, moving back up to low A after seven games in advanced rookie ball. The Brewers played him some at first, but mostly in left. He again hit decently and again was old for the level.
The Brewers sent Rogers back to low A to start the season, then moved him up to high A at mid-season. He played mostly first but some in left at both stops. He also hit well at both stops, with a lot of walks. His power dropped off after the promotion, but some of that probably was the result of the pitching-dominated Florida State League.
Rogers spent the season in AA and started hitting for fairly good power. He played first exclusively. Rogers got hot after a bad slump in June, posting an OPS of 1.118 in July and .952 in August. After the season, Baseball America rated him the 20th best prospect in a weak Brewers’ system. The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster in November.
Despite his strong 2013 season, the Brewers sent Rogers back to AA. He didn’t hit quite as well as the previous year, but he got hot after a late June promotion to AAA. Being in the offense-oriented Pacific Coast League probably helped. Milwaukee tried Rogers at third — it was the only position he played in the minors — and he struggled some, committing 21 errors in 122 games. He had much less trouble after the promotion. Rogers got a September callup and saw time as a pinch hitters and in double switches. BA rated him Milwaukee’s 27th best prospect after the season.
Rogers opened the season in AAA, but got called up a week into the season. He stayed with the Brewers through the end of June, then was called up a second time in early August. He played mostly first, but also a little in left and at third, at both levels. Rogers put up big numbers in his limited time in AAA, although he was playing in Colorado Springs, so the stats have to be discounted quite a bit. He hit well in the majors and it can’t be attributed to Miller Field, as he had an OPS of .714 at home and .887 on the road.
The Pirates took a long look at Rogers in spring training. Among other things, they gave him significant playing time at third. The additions of Matt Joyce and David Freese, though, ended his chances of seeing much time in the majors. He was called up briefly in late April, for one day in June, and then for the month of September. The rest of the time, he played mainly at third and a little at first for Indianapolis. He didn’t hit well in AAA, with his power largely disappearing. After a hot April (1.084 OPS), he tailed off, finishing with a .530 OPS in August. In his limited action with the Pirates, he didn’t hit at all, although he drew a lot of walks.
As a bat-only corner player, Rogers needs to hit for power and he didn’t in 2016. He could be the sort of hitter who has a power spike around age 26-27 and doesn’t sustain it. Not surprisingly, the Pirates removed him from the 40-man roster after the season when they claimed Nefi Ogando from Miami. Rogers cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA. The team’s decision to call Rogers up in September over Jose Osuna, who was far outhitting him in AAA, was curious, especially since they ended up adding Osuna to the roster and dropping Rogers. It shows the premium that the Pirates place on veteranosity in bench players. Rogers was invited to major league spring training in 2017, but he missed much of the exhibition season with an ankle injury. He’ll head back to Indianapolis.
|2017: Minor League Contract
2016: Major League Minimum
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 9/2/2014
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2022
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: November 20, 2013
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2014, 2015, 2016)
MLB Service Time: 1.037
|June 9, 2010: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 32nd round, 969th overall pick; signed on June 14.
November 20, 2013: Contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers.
December 17, 2015: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak.
December 23, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on January 6, 2017.