With the 13th overall pick, the Marlins have selected left-handed pitcher Trevor Rogers from Carlsbad High School in New Mexico. In mock drafts, MLB.com had Rogers to be selected with the 14th pick, Baseball America had him going with the 20th pick, and ESPN.com had him going 12th.
The cousin of former Major League Cody Ross, Rogers entered this year’s draft as one of the highest ranked high school left-handers. The 6’6” 185-pound Rogers has committed to Texas Tech.
Rogers is a deceptive lefty that relies on his command to miss bats with his low-90’s fastball that seems harder than it is due to his long arms. His secondary pitches are said to be developing much slower than his fastball, as he throws a slider, curveball, and changeup. However, his slider and changeup are very similar, and most scouts agree that Rogers will be better served abandoning his curve and sticking with the slider going forward.
Rogers likely has significant room for development, but he has the upside of a middle of the rotation starter if he can figure out his secondary pitches.
For more on Rogers, Check out Chris Cotillo’s Q&A on him here.