By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers has been acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and pitcher Trey Supak.
Rogers was a 32nd round selection of the Brewers in the 2010 MLB Draft. The 27-year-old put up very good numbers this past season with the Brewers, as he batted .296 with an OPS of .808 and a 120 OPS+ in 86 games. Rogers has played mostly first base, but can also play third base and the outfield. He could be the Pirates third baseman if Jung-Ho Kang isn’t ready to start the season on time.
Broxton had spent the past two years in the Pirates organization after being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in Spring Training of 2014. The 25-year-old outfielder posted a .795 OPS while combining to steal 39 bases for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis this past season. Broxton joined the Pirates as a September call up. There’s a good chance he’ll be a reserve outfielder for the Brewers on Opening Day.
Supak was the Pirates second round draft selection in 2014. The 19-year-old right-hander really struggled during his two seasons in the system, posting a 5.85 ERA along with a 1.49 WHIP in 52.1 innings pitched.