Mark Rogers will make his first start of his major league career tonight. Let’s take a look at the long and winding road which has brought him to where he stands today.
2004 (age 18)
-Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round with the 5th overall pick.
-Pitches 26.2 IP for the AZL Brewers with a 4.72 ERA but a highly impressive 11.8 K/9 in 6 starts and 3 relief appearances
2005 (age 19)
-Rated number 55 overall prospect by Baseball America
-Throws a relatively disappointing 98 IP for West Virginia in the Sally League (A ball). The strikeouts were there (9.9 per 9) but he had issues with walks (6 per 9) and a 5.11 ERA. Still, at a young age, the power arm is still a highly rated prospect.
2006 (age 20)
-Rated number 44 overall prospect by Baseball America
-With Brevard County, starts 16 games and it’s more of the same. High strikeouts, high walks, and a high ERA once again.
-Injury bug bites for the first time, as Rogers is forced to undergo surgery for a torn labrum.
2007 (age 21)
-Doesn’t pitch in the minor leagues
-Forced to undergo another surgery to remove scar tissue
2008 (age 22)
-Injury lingers. Rogers rehabs entire year.
2009 (age 23)
-Returns to action for Brevard County and impresses. In 22 starts, Rogers compiles a fantastic 1.67 ERA, striking out 9.3 per nine innings and only walking four per nine. However, many of Rogers’s starts were short, as the Brewers were exceptionally careful with him.
2010 (age 24)
-Begins season with AA Huntsville, making 24 starts with a 3.65 ERA but walks 6 batters per nine innings. Still maintains the excellent strikeout rate at just under a batter per inning
-Promoted to AAA Nashville in June, and makes one 4.1 IP start before returning to Huntsville.
-Promoted to MLB Milwaukee in September as part of the 40-man roster expansion.
-Strikes out one batter in two scoreless relief appearances with the Brewers
-Tonight: first MLB start against the Marlins.