Rogers Impresses at AA

Chad Rogers was an unheralded pitcher when he came to the Reds from a 28th round selection out of Galveston College. Now the 22 year-old is shooting up the organization and has a sub-one ERA after two starts at Pensacola. Earlier this season he kept a low-three ERA and earned a spot on the all-star team representing the hitter friendly California League.

Pensacola cruised to a 5-0 home win over Chattanooga behind a dominant outing by Chad Rogers. He allowed only three hits and two walks in six shutout innings while striking out six. He also added a triple to the Wahoo offense after which he crossed the plate. Billy Hamilton had a couple of hits and scored twice. David Vidal added a double and two walks to the fish attack.

The Blue Wahoos are now 24-22 and two games out of first place in the Southern League South division in the second half standings. They have lost some of their first half players to promotion and replaced them with players from Bakersfield who led the Blaze to the California League North division championship. The two teams will square off in the second of a five game set Friday.

Rogers is one of the former Blaze players and now has a 0.82 ERA after two starts in the Pensacola rotation which now has three pitchers who started the season at Bakersfield. He's picking up on an outstanding season thus far where he finished his high-A experience with a 3.15 ERA which earned him a spot on the all-star team for the hitter friendly Cal League. Overall he has a WHIP of 1.275.

It appears Cincinnati made an excellent choice when they picked up Rogers out of Galveston College in the 28th round of the 2010 draft. Last season he kept a flat three ERA as a reliever at Dayton. Being selected in such a late round perhaps projected him as a "filler" in someone's minor league system. Instead the 22 year-old is moving upward and might be bucking for a AAA spot next season in an organization with less depth.

One of the first things that pop out when looking at Rogers's stats is a K/BB ratio of 168/57 in 192 minor league innings. At Bakersfield his BB/9 inn rate was 2.3. In the minor leagues where so many talented young pitchers are tasked with improving command it appears that he is ahead of schedule. He also knows how to keep the ball in the park, averaging less than one home run allowed per nine innings and a ground out/air out ratio above 1.3 this season. Converting him from a reliever caused the Reds to put him under a conservative pitch count earlier in the season, but one could expect his inn/start to increase as he develops.

Coming into the season the unheralded Rogers was not on many analysts' radars and could be found far down on the list of right-handed reliever prospects. That will change next year. The Pensacola staff has two pitchers in Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino that are having solid seasons and figure to see AAA action in 2013 if not sooner. Another prospect, J.C. Sulburan left the Wahoo rotation when he was included in the deal for Jonathan Broxton.

On the mound Rogers is not overpowering and relies on spotting his pitches. Given that it's probably not surprising to see the BB/K ratio around 3. Had he not managed good control he would not being moving upward. But control his pitches he has, ever since first arriving in the Cincinnati organization. It probably helped that he was old for a single A player when he started to work professionally last season. Now outside of Corcino he is the youngest pitcher on the Pensacola roster. With the depth in the organization it is uncertain how many veterans the Reds will keep in reserve at the AAA level next season. It is likely that the Reds will be counting on a lot of innings from Rogers somewhere in its top two levels.

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Hamilton had another busy night and added three to his count. He led off the fourth with a single and scored during the next at-bat. He swiped second and came home on a throwing error when he stole third. He singled again in the sixth and stole second before eventually scoring on a passed ball. His total is now is now 131 SB in 109 games. He's now fourteen behind Vince Coleman's minor league record set in 1983.

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Dayton scored two in the tenth inning for a 4-2 win at Lansing. Kyle Waldrop had three hits including the game-winner with bases loaded in the final frame. Yorman Rodriguez had two hits and drove in one. Stalin Gerson got no decision from a quality start when he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk in six innings while fanning seven. Dan Jensen threw three scoreless innings of relief for the win. El'Hajj Muhammad pitched a scoreless tenth for the save.

Billings won 4-2 at Great Falls. Taylor Wrenn was 3-3 with a walk and an RBI. Beau Amaral also had three hits and drove in one. Carlos Sanchez and Jeff Gelalich added two hits apiece. Andrew Cisco got the win when he struck out five in five innings. He allowed six hits and a walk, but only one of them crossed the plate. Mat Wiley picked up his fifth save by retiring all three batters faced in the ninth. He still has a zero ERA after nine appearances.

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