Milwaukee Brewers’ Grades: Jason Rogers
Everywhere Jason Rogers has played, he has hit. While he is a man without a position currently, Rogers carried that over this season and he continued to impress at the plate. Here is a look at his season that has hopeful earned him a bigger role heading into the 2016 season.
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Though he didn’t make the big league roster out of spring and he bounced up and down from AAA to the majors in the early going, Rogers shined as one of the best pinch hitters in the game. In 50 pinch hit appearances, Rogers finished tied for third in the league with 13 hits, second with eight runs scored and seventh with eight RBIs. By handling himself in one of the toughest roles in sports, he gave the Brewers their biggest threat off the bench in years.
Rogers struggled in the early going, but as he saw more consistent at-bats in the second half his numbers soared. He finished the second half batting .381 with a 1.029 OPS. Even more impressive was his final month of the season as he batted .431 to close the year with a 1.130 OPS.
Even though he wasn’t able to find a clear everyday role, he did come up with the biggest at-bat of the year by launching a grand slam off of Trevor Rosenthal to help give the Brewers’ a comeback victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rogers season continued to prove he needs no more time in the minors and that he can get the job done at the plate. While he was very successful as a pinch hitter, hopefully his season will allow for more regular playing time next season. With one of the more patient eyes on the team and a bat that can drive the ball, it would be nice to see how his bat would play out if his name were penciled in the lineup on a daily basis.
Final Grade: B+