Three years and two months after being drafted by the Miami Marlins, Carlsbad’s Trevor Rogers has reached the major leagues.
Rogers’ father, Mike, told the Journal on Monday that his son, a left-handed pitcher, will make his MLB debut for Miami during Tuesday’s doubleheader in New York against the Mets.
Mike Rogers said he didn’t know which game Trevor would start. The team, as of 6 p.m. Monday, had not announced its starting pitchers for either game.
Because of 40-man roster implications, Rogers’ promotion won’t be official until Tuesday. MLB Network contributor Craig Mish tweeted Monday afternoon that Miami manager Don Mattlingly “would not address (the) Trevor Rogers call up Tuesday for the doubleheader in NY.”
Rogers, a 6-foot-6 lefty who was overpowering during his prep years in Carlsbad, was selected No. 13 overall by Miami in the 2017 draft, signing for a reported $3.4 million.
He has in recent weeks been throwing at Miami’s alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida, part of the team’s 60-man player pool since the season restarted last month amid the pandemic.
Last year, Rogers, 22, split his season between advanced Class A Jupiter and Class AA Jacksonville. He was a combined 6-10 in 23 starts, but with a stout 2.90 ERA and an impressive 150 strikeouts in just 136⅓ innings.
He had been invited to the Marlins spring training camp earlier this year, before the pandemic interfered with the traditional start to the season.
Rogers would be the second high draft pick from New Mexico to be selected by the Marlins and to reach the bigs with the Marlins. Former Cibola High catcher John Roskos was a second-round pick by the Florida Marlins in 1993 (69th overall), and had brief stints with Florida in 1998 and 1999.
Rogers wouldn’t be the first Carlsbad High product to play for the Marlins, however. His first cousin, Cody Ross, spent a handful of seasons (2006-10) in Miami.