Taylor Rogers was drafted by the Twins in the 11thround of the 2012 June Amateur Draft out of the University of Kentucky (Note: Andrew Albers, Logan Darnell, Lance Ray, and Alex Meyer also hail from the same school). Seth Stohs quotes Rogers on being selected to play in the Twins organization: “During the draft, it was a possibility that the Twins were interested, but I just wanted to be taken at some point. After it all settled in, I was very thankful that it was the Twins because of their reputation with developing minor league players and drafting well-rounded individuals.”
The 6’3” lefthander began the 2013 campaign in Cedar Rapids but was quickly promoted to Fort Myers where he led the Florida State League in complete games and shutouts and ranked second in ERA (2.55) and third in wins (11-6). Rogers posted 83 strikeouts in 130.2 innings pitched, while walking 32. His WHIP is a very respectable 1.156, while yielding only 5 home runs.
More from Seth Stohs: “Rogers works quickly and efficiently, getting quick outs and eating a lot of innings. He had three complete games (2 shutouts) for the Miracle. That doesn’t count his nine shutout innings in his Miracle playoff start. He has a low 90s fastball and a good slider. He has good command. He was my choice for Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year.”
Rogers will open the 2014 season in New Britain's starting rotation.
Here's an end-of-season interview from NaplesNews.Com: http://swflmoms.com/...-taylor-rogers/
And, although it's a little dated, some video of him warming up & pitching in the Cape Cod League:
Note: quotes were taken from Twins Daily Articles: “MTPH2014:Award-Winner Stories” (posted 12/18/2013) and “Minnesota Twins Top 50Prospects: 16-20” (posted 11/1/2013)
Edited by Don't Feed the Greed Guy, 02 April 2014 - 08:03 AM.