By Jason Shetler
Jason Rogers was a 32nd round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2010 MLB Draft. In 2013, he was named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Rogers made his big league debut for Milwaukee as a September call up in 2014. He spent most of last season with the Brewers in a first base platoon with Adam Lind. Rogers was dealt to the Pirates this offseason in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton and pitcher Trey Supak. Since Rogers only appeared in eight games with the Brewers two years ago, I’m just going to breakdown his numbers from last season.
2015 (Brewers): .296/.367/.441, 120 OPS+, 8.9% BB rate, 20.1% K rate, 0.7 WAR in 86 games
2016 (Steamer): .262/.323/.403, 7.9% BB rate, 18.9% K rate, 0.2 WAR
For a Brewers club that really struggled in 2015, Rogers was an above average contributor offensively, putting up a .367 on base percentage along with a very good OPS+ of 120. Rogers also had a .360 BABIP last season, which is a definite sign of regression for 2016.
My analysis: The Pirates brought in Jason Rogers to be a reliable, yet cost effective bat off the bench. In terms of versatility however, he’s pretty limited, as he plays mainly first base and some third base. While his numbers are likely to regress in 2016, perhaps he could utilized mostly against left-handed pitching as a pinch-hitter or with an occasional start versus southpaws. Based on the lack of versatility, but with good numbers against lefty pitching, Rogers could end up being a Gaby Sanchez type player.