In the month of September Jason Rogers has been incredible. Not only was he able to come up with a monster, ninth inning grand slam of Trevor Rosenthal to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, but he has scorched the ball all month long. Appearing in 21 September games, Rogers is now batting .488 for the month, with two home runs and nine RBIs. While he has started to see more action, here is a look at why he needs an even bigger role in 2016.
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Everywhere Rogers has played so far in his career, he has gotten the job done at the plate. In his six minor league seasons, Rogers is a career .290 hitter with .838 OPS. Though some hitters struggle when finally promoted to AAA, Rogers has batted over .300 in each of his seasons playing at that level for the Brewers.
This season, Rogers has mainly been a bat off the bench and a occasional option at first base in Milwaukee. While he has excelled in these roles, he continues to show that he needs more at-bats heading into next season.
I don’t see him being able to provide the defense needed at third base, with their groundball heavy starting rotation for next season, he would be a very cheap and attractive option were the Brewers able to move Lind this winter. He also could be a solid option as a spot starter in the outfield. With one of the most patient eyes on the team, he could definitely get some starts there as well.
I felt that Rogers should have made this roster out of spring training and I have been hoping each day that he is in the lineup over these final weeks, but heading into next season, he needs more significant playing time. He is going to be 28-years-old, and he has never seen significant major league at-bats, but with a team in a rebuilding season, there is no reason Rogers does not have a big role in 2016.