Sunday, February 1, 2009

Brewers Still Behind 2004's 1st Round Pick

Nice article by Haudricourt today at JSonline about former 1st round pick Mark Rogers. It is a shame Rogers has had the shoulder issues that have stalled his path to the Major Leagues. Like Tom states in the article right now a 1-2-3 punch of Gallardo, Parra and Rogers would look awful nice atop the rotation. Rogers was taken in the 1st round in 04' when Yovani Gallardo was taken in the 2nd round. The Brewers must still think enough of Rogers since they added him to their 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

Because of the shoulder injury and two procedures Rogers has missed the last two seasons. Crazy to think he has not thrown a single pitch in 2007 or 2008. He is feeling no pain now and is rearing to go. Hopefully he can shake of the rust of two seasons of not pitching and get right into it this spring. With the Brewers lack of depth at starting pitching it would be great to see Rogers do well in spring so that he can start at AA Huntsville or AAA Nashville and be ready if the Brewers need him at some point in 2009. I don't know how much the injuries have hurt his velocity but when he was drafted he had an electric fastball and a great curveball.

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