Originally Posted by Kc61
I would have voted for Joe Terry last night. But Mace is more knowledgeable about these guys and I defer to his judgment. These are very fine reports.
Rogers is actually 23, will turn 24 in August. So presumably he will pitch as a 24 year old at AAA next season, which is young and will give him ample time to refine his pitching at that level.
Travis Wood was at Louisville at age 22. Overall, Wood had an 8.4 strike out rate in the minors. So far, Rogers has a 7.6 K rate in the minors although it's been less at both A+ and AA. Wood's K rate improved a lot at AAA. Hopefully, Rogers' will too.
I"ve also heard Rogers compared with Lecure, maybe on some RedsZone threads. Sam had a 7.9 K rate in the minors, he started AA at age 23 and pitched several years in the high minors.
I tend to focus on K rate for pitchers like these guys, non-overpowering types, because they have to miss a reasonable level of bats to succeed. If the K rate falls below 6.5 or so in the minors, I get nervous.
Anyway, if Rogers keeps this up I'd expect him to see AAA after the All-Star break. He's got AA under his control, no pun.
Nah, I'm not knowledgeable. I've hardly seen any of these guys. I just look 'em up when the occasion calls for it. And sometimes do a poor job of that, as in Rogers' case this morning. But thanks . . .
And while the Reds' rotation is in fine shape, I'm missing Travis Wood. Always liked that guy.
LeCure might prove to be an excellent comp for Rogers. That would work.