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The Miami Marlins Draft Trevor Rogers 13th Overall

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What Trevor Rogers Brings To The Club

Standing in at 6’6 and weighing 200 pounds, Trevor Rogers is intimidating from the mound. The Marlins vice president of scouting sees him as a combination of Randy Johnson and Mark Mulder.

Rogers has a fastball that ranges in the low to mid-90s but the Marlins have seen him dial it up to 97 in tight situations. He can throw a curveball, slider, and changeup, although he will probably give up the curveball due to control issues. The slider is his number two pitch and he uses it very effectively when he needs an out. He needs much more improvement on the changeup, but with big league coaching it should turn out to be a very respectable third pitch.

The Marlins love lefties and they could not pass up on Rogers due to all the upside he has. With his effortless delivery from a 3-quarter angle, it doesn’t seem likely that he will have arm problems.


High School Numbers

Trevor Rogers played for Carlsbad High School in New Mexico. I should mention that he is not the first baseball player to come out of Carlsbad. Former Marlin, Cody Ross also attended Carlsbad and he happens to be cousins with Rogers.

In 63 innings Trevor Rogers owned a 0.33 ERA while he K’d 134 hitters. Opponents hit a mere .067 against the big lefty, as he surrendered 14 hits all season.

Was it the Right Choice?

Well, there was certainly more pitching talent available at this pick with J.B. Bukauskas and Alex Faedo on the board. The two right-handed pitchers have shown their ability to pitch effectively in college baseball’s toughest conferences.

It was clear that the Marlins prefer left-handed pitchers, but lefties David Peterson and D.L Hall were also on the board. Peterson, just like Trevor Rogers stands 6’6, but the difference is Peterson’s proven ability to pitch against college-level bats. Hall is an 18-year old with an electric fastball and average off-speed pitches.

At the end of the day, the Marlins drafted a lefty with a ton of upside who can make a big impact 3-5 years from now.