The Miami Marlins got their man. With the 13th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the team in need of pitching tabbed Trevor Rogers, a 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher from Carlsbad High School in New Mexico. The southpaw is committed to play for the Texas Tech Red Raiders should he and the club fail to reach a deal.
Once again, the Marlins looked at a high school player, after taking Braxton Garrett last year with the 7th overall selection. Miami had the luxury of choosing a player out of the top 10 this season, thanks in part to a 79-82 record. Per fanragsports.com, Rogers made a name for himself in August 2016 at the Area Code Games when he touched 95 miles per hour on the gun and impressed those in attendance for the pitcher’s first real national showcase.
He was originally rated as the No. 3 prep left-handed pitcher behind MacKenzie Gore and D.L. Hall.
Per MLB.com’s scouting report, “Rogers does it with a solid delivery and the velocity comes without too much effort. Not facing the best competition, the Texas Tech commit is able to succeed with an average fastball and command. The team taking him early on in the Draft will feel there’s a lot more to unlock from his 6-foot-6 frame.”
Rogers is the third pitcher taken in the first round by the Marlins since 2014. Tyler Kolek was the team’s first pick in 2014 out of Shepherd High School in Texas. Kolek missed all of the 2016 season with Tommy John surgery. In 2015, the team selected Josh Naylor, a hard hitting first baseman who is no longer in the organization.
Last year’s first pick, Garrett, was shut down for the season after four career starts because of a partial UCL tear. He may require Tommy John surgery as well.