By 2010, much of the excitement surrounding Mark Rogers, the #5 overall pick in the 2004 draft, had dissipated. Rogers had performed pretty well in the minors when he was healthy, but he missed the entirety of 2007 and 2008. He returned to action in 2009, but the Brewers were exceptionally careful with him and Rogers didn’t show the ability to go deep into starts and he still had major issues with the base on balls.
Given the long, grueling trip Rogers took to the show, one can understand the excitement that surrounded Rogers’s unexpected big-league debut in the 2010 season. Rogers made a few relief appearances with the Brewers before making his first MLB start on September 24th against the Florida Marlins.
Rogers, as he tended to do throughout his career, struggled with his control early. He hit Cameron Maybin with a pitch and then walked Osvaldo Martinez to put runners on first and second. It looked like it might just be one of those days for Rogers, as he took the count full on fellow rookie Logan Morrison. Had the next pitch been out of the zone, we could’ve seen an early end to Rogers’s first start, but instead he placed a perfect fastball on the outside corner which froze Morrison and spurred the rest of Rogers’s night. He would go on to strike out the side and go three scoreless innings.
Rogers won’t be ready to start the 2010 season in the rotation, but he’s gone from a draft bust to nearly ready to produce for the Brewers, and this at-bat just might be the biggest moment of his baseball career to date.