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Rogers impresses in Marlins' debut

No. 9 prospect yields one hit over four scoreless innings
Trevor Rogers took a no-hitter into the eighth inning for Class A Greensboro on July 29, 2018. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
August 26, 2020

Trevor Rogers wasn't the first highly touted prospect promoted by Miami this season, but he made the most impressive first impression. Miami's ninth-ranked prospect allowed one hit and overcame five walks over four scoreless innings as the Marlins blanked the Mets, 3-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night at

Trevor Rogers wasn't the first highly touted prospect promoted by Miami this season, but he made the most impressive first impression.

Miami's ninth-ranked prospect allowed one hit and overcame five walks over four scoreless innings as the Marlins blanked the Mets, 3-0, to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night at Citi Field. Brought up from the team's alternate training site after Miami's 4-0 win in the opener, Rogers fanned six and exited with a 2-0 lead after throwing 48 of 87 pitches for strikes.

“He was good. He was poised,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters. “The stuff was good. It's good to see. He looked like he was under control the whole time out there. It was good."

The left-hander worked just one perfect frame, striking out J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto to wrap up a 1-2-3 first inning. Rogers loaded the bases in the second on a pair of walks and a single by Amed Rosario that initially was ruled an error after Marlins No. 5 prospect Jesus Sanchez made an unsuccessful attempt at a shoestring catch in right field. The 22-year-old left-hander escaped by striking out Ali Sanchez, who also was making his big league debut.

“You can't nibble around these guys,” Rogers said. “They'll know when you're kind of going away from them and attack as soon as you go over the plate. The best bet is go right at them, attack. First-pitch strikes.”

Preceded to the Majors by prospects Monte Harrison (No. 10), Jesus Sanchez, Sixto Sanchez (No. 1) and Lewin Diaz (No. 8), Rogers pitched around another walk in the third and two more in the fourth. In his final frame, he retired Rosario on a fly ball to right, struck out Luis Guillorme and got Sanchez to fly to center with runners at the corners.

“My fastball was playing well up in the zone and I kept going at them until they beat me,” Rogers said. “It turned out well. I got out of some tough jams.”

Selected 13th overall in the 2017 Draft out of a New Mexico high school, Rogers did not make his professional debut until 2018 and compiled 5.82 ERA in 17 starts for Class A Greensboro. He followed that with a breakout season in 2019, earning Florida State League midseason and postseason All-Star honors after going 5-8 with a 2.53 ERA in 18 starts for Class A Advanced Jupiter. Promoted to the Southern League last August, he was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts for Double-A Jacksonville and earned his first nod as an Organization All-Star.

In other action:

White Sox 4, Pirates 0

Lucas Giolito may have been the main event, but Luis Robert was there to provide support. As Giolito tossed the 19th no-hitter in team history, the top White Sox prospect went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. It was Robert's first three-hit performance since a 4-for-6 game on Aug. 1 and boosted the No. 3 overall prospect's average 19 points to .284. Box score

Mariners 8, Padres 3

Evan White registered his first career three-hit game, helping Seattle extend its winning streak to four. The Mariners' No. 5 prospect singled home Kyle Lewis in the opening inning, doubled and scored in the sixth and plated Kyle Seager with another base hit in the seventh. Tenth-ranked Jake Fraley went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while No. 21 prospect Aaron Fletcher walked one and struck out one in a hitless eighth. For San Diego, 18th-ranked Jake Cronenworth extended his hitting streak to nine games with a second-inning single and No. 14 Jorge Mateo walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Box score

Phillies 8, Nationals 3

Alec Bohm delivered a run-scoring single in five trips to the plate, giving the top Phils prospect RBIs in three of his last four games. Second-ranked Nationals prospect Luis Garcia doubled to extend his modest hitting streak to three games. No. 23 overall prospect Carter Kieboom was 0-for-4, leaving him hitless in his last 11 at-bats. Box score

Rays 4, Orioles 2

Baltimore's No. 5 prospect Ryan Mountcastle collected his first Major League RBI when he singled home Hanser Alberto with one out in the fourth. The 2019 International League MVP also walked and struck out twice and is batting .333 in four games since joining the big club. Box score

Indians 4, Twins 2

Pitching on back-to-back nights for the first time as a Major Leaguer, James Karinchak worked around a hit in a scoreless eighth to earn his fifth hold. The Indians' No. 15 prospect fanned one, giving him 31 strikeouts over 16 2/3 innings to go with a 0.54 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP. Twins No. 6 prospect Ryan Jeffers singled in three at-bats, while 26th-ranked Jorge Alcala surrendered three runs on three hits in the sixth. Box score

Tigers 7, Cubs 1

Sixth-ranked Detroit prospect Isaac Paredes had a perfect night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a run. It was his second straight multi-hit game and gave him five knocks in his last two contests after the 21-year-old infielder went 2-for-16 in his first five big league games. Box score

Angels 12, Astros 5

No. 6 overall prospect Jo Adell picked up his first big league RBI with a first-inning double to right that plated Brian Goodwin and helped spark the Halos to a doubleheader split after they dropped the opener. Adell also worked a walk in the third. Box score

Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 7

Santiago Espinal had been hitless in his last six games, but put that slump to rest with three knocks. Toronto’s No. 23 prospect doubled to center in the second, reached on a bunt single in the fourth and bounced a single into center in the sixth for his first three-hit game as a big leaguer. Box score

Athletics 10, Rangers 3

Making his Major League debut, A's No. 11 prospect Jonah Heim lined a one-out single to left in the seventh and scored when Mark Canha was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Third-ranked Rangers prospect Leody Taveras singled in four plate appearances. Box score

Royals 5, Cardinals 4

Top St. Louis prospect Dylan Carlson singled, walked and scored a run to boost his slash line to .174/.240/.261 in 14 games. He also registered a pair of outfield assists, throwing out Whit Merrifield at third base in the fifth and nailing Ryan McBroom at second in the eighth. Box score

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