The Milwaukee Brewers offense needs something to happen. Though they have talent throughout the roster, they need a spark. They have been lifeless, punch-less and similarly to the final months of 2014, unable to drive in runs. Currently ranked last in the MLB in runs scored and wasting solid pitching performances they need a bat to deliver and that bat can be Jason Rogers.
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Always underrated, Rogers came to the Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft out of Columbus State University. Currently he is rated as the Brewers’ 22nd best prospect by MLB.com and has never been seen as a top prospect in the system.
However he not only has shown impressive power, but he has flat out hit. He even hit so well in 2013, batting .270 with 22 homer runs, that he earned organizational player of the year honors.
Since then he has continued to rake. Last season, while learning a new position, he batted a cool .296 at combined two levels while hitting 18 home runs. He was even able to earn a September call-up.
This spring while fighting for a job, Rogers made it hard for the Brewers to remove him from the roster 25-man roster. All spring long, he was one of the best hitters on the team. Through 22 games, he batted .351 making the Brewers final roster decision to send him down all the more difficult.
Instead of moping about his demotion, he simply continued to hit at AAA Colorado Springs. In his first six minor league games of 2015, he batted .360 with two home runs and a 1.069 OPS. This impressive start helped to earn the first promotion as Carlos Gomez went on the disabled list.
Picking up where he left off in the minor leagues, Rogers laced a one-out double off the wall narrowly missing a home run in his first at-bat major league at-bat of the season Friday night and he later came around to score. Though it was late in the game he provided a glimmer of hope with the team down four runs in the ninth inning.
With Aramis Ramirez scuffling and Adam Lind‘s troubles hitting left handers, Rogers can get plenty of at-bats and be a significant run producer in this lineup for the time being. Though he has rarely been recognized, Rogers has hit everywhere he has played and with the team in a giant rut, he could finally give life to an offense that has been stagnant for far to long.