After a strong last few seasons for the Minnesota Twins, former Kentucky Wildcat, Taylor Rogers, is dealing to start this shortened season as well. Rogers was handed the full-time closer role last season and cemented his spot at the back end of the bullpen so far this season.
Through three appearances and three total innings pitched, Rogers has been perfect. He’s at the bare minimum for three innings with only nine batters faced, to go along with striking out five of those nine hitters.
3 games, 3 saves
29 pitches, 23 strikes
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 2, 2020
23 strikes on 29 total pitches? That’ll do just fine. The Twins are going to be relying on Rogers heavily this season, as they look to be one of the better teams in the American League.
A naaasty ending to another @Twins win! ?
6-2. First place. pic.twitter.com/HcUBce1zZv
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) August 2, 2020
Rogers actually struggled during his time at Kentucky before turning pro. In 2010, he led the SEC in losses and runs allowed, and followed that by being second in the SEC in losses and third in runs allowed in 2011. His junior season was met with more runs, ranking fourth in total runs allowed, taking his collegiate totals to 13-18 with a 5.35 ERA. The tall and lanky left-hander has always had Major League potential and was drafted after his junior season, despite those struggles.
Since then, Rogers has become a really, really solid relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. Through four plus seasons in the big leagues, he’s sporting an ERA of 3.01 with 35 total saves. The last two seasons have been particularly strong for Rogers, as he finished with a 2.63 and 2.61 ERA respectively.
With this season being shortened and the Twins already in first place in the American League Central, we may be looking at the former Cat pitching meaningful innings come playoff time if all goes to plan. Not to mention at the local level, the Reds will be taking on the Twins at the end of the regular season, with both teams could be vying for playoff positions.
Best of luck to Rogers going forward this season, as the closer spot is one of the more difficult positions in baseball. Hope that success continues.