Due to a few injuries among the pitching staff last season, University of Louisville sophomore Josh Rogers likely saw more time on the mound during his first year with the Cardinals than he likely would have otherwise.
It was a season of development and on-the-job training for the rookie, which came with share of ups and downs.
He made his college debut at Indiana after a month of the season had passed, and notched his first career start a week later at Western Kentucky, tossing four shutout innings in his debut. The 6-foot-3 left-hander was roughed up in his next start, giving up 5 runs in four innings and picked up the loss at Kentucky.
However, the development that the product of New Albany, Ind., High School made throughout the season was notable. He finished 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 appearances, including 9 starts. He struck out 47 in 52 innings of work.
He capped his freshman year with the biggest victory of his young career. Taking the mound in game two of the Louisville Regional, Rogers surrendered only one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in six innings of work to earn the victory over Kentucky and help the Cardinals claim the Regional title.
His experience will be counted on in 2015 as the team strives to reach the College World Series for a third consecutive time.
Check out the video below as Rogers goes 1-on-1 with Cardinal Authority.