Esmil Rogers

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Esmil Rogers
Esmil Rogers on April 3, 2013.jpg
Toronto Blue Jays
Born: (1985-08-14) August 14, 1985 (age 28)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2009 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through May 21, 2014)
Win–loss record 16–21
Earned run average 5.59
Strikeouts 332
WHIP 1.58
Rogers with the Cleveland Indians in 2012

Esmil Antonio Rogers (born August 14, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Minor-league career[edit]

Rogers was signed as an amateur free agent in 2003 by the Colorado Rockies.[1] Rogers began rookie league ball in 2006 with the Casper Rockies of the Pioneer League.[2] The following season, he played for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 2008, Rogers played with the Class A Modesto Nuts of the California League. He played for the Tulsa Drillers of the Double-A Texas League before appearing with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

Major league career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

He was promoted to the Colorado Rockies in September 2009 and made his major league debut on Sep 12, 2009, giving up two runs and three hits in four innings in the team's 3–2 loss at San Diego.[3] He returned to the Rockies in 2010, and pitched in 28 games, eight starts, compiling a 2–3 record, 6.13 ERA, and 1.67 WHIP.[4]

Rogers compiled a 3–1 record as a starter in April 2011 despite a 6.33 ERA. Rogers replaced Ubaldo Jiménez, who was traded to the Cleveland Indians, in the pitching rotation after his trade to the Indians on July 30. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk over those five innings of relief, lowering his season-high ERA from 8.49 to 7.31. On June 12, 2012, the Rockies traded Rogers to the Indians for cash considerations after previously being designated for assignment by the Rockies.[5][6] He had a 0–2 record and 8.06 ERA with the Rockies in 2012.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

Rogers replaced Matt LaPorta on the Indians' active roster on June 13, 2012. "We're hoping that getting him out of the Colorado ballpark and new surroundings, maybe we can cash in on a very good arm," said Indians manager Manny Acta.[7]

Rogers went 3–1 with a 3.06 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 53 innings in 44 games for the Indians.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On November 3, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they had traded Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes to the Cleveland Indians for Rogers.[8] Rogers made his first start as a Blue Jay against the Atlanta Braves on May 29, 2013. He pitched 313 innings and gave up 3 hits, with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Rogers would have received the win, but did not pitch the minimum 5 innings required to be the pitcher of record. On June 13, in his third start of the season, Rogers pitched 7 innings against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, earning the win in a 3–1 game.

On June 18, starting against the Colorado Rockies for the first time in his career, Rogers took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and left with an 8–2 lead after pitching 623 innings. The Blue Jays would win the game 8–3 and extend their winning streak to seven games.[9] The start, Rogers' fourth of the season, put his starters ERA at 1.71. Both manager John Gibbons and catcher J. P. Arencibia attributed Rogers' success to increased confidence and the use of his sinker.[10] Rogers took the loss in a game on June 24 against the Tampa Bay Rays which ended the Blue Jays' 11-game winning streak.[11]

In January 2014, Rogers filed for salary arbitration with Toronto, but came to terms on a 1-year, $1.85 million contract on January 17.[12] On May 23, Rogers was designated for assignment after opening the season with a 6.97 ERA in 16 appearances.[13] He cleared waivers, and was assigned outright to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on May 24.[14]


  1. ^ "Esmil Rogers Statistics and History". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Esmil Rogers Career Stats". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "September 12, 2009 Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres Box Score and Play by Play". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Esmil Rogers Statistics and History". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ Renck, Troy E. (June 12, 2012). "Esmil Rogers traded from Colorado Rockies to Cleveland for cash". Denver Post. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ Manoloff, Dennis (June 12, 2012). "Tribe acquires RHP Esmil Rogers from Colorado". Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bastian, Jordan (June 14, 2012). "Rogers added to 'pn, LaPorta sent to Triple-A". (Major League Advanced Media). Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Blue Jays Acquire Rodgers". November 3, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ Lott, John (June 19, 2013). "Blue Jays make it seven straight wins, behind Esmil Rogers". Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lott, John (June 19, 2013). "Blue Jays' Esmil Rogers gives opponents that sinking feeling". Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (June 24, 2013). "Blue Jays go quietly as 11-game win streak ends". Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blue Jays come to terms with Rasmus, Cecil and Rogers". January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Simmons, Jeff (May 23, 2014). "Gibbons: Jays designate Rogers for assignment". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (May 24, 2014). "Minor Moves: Carson, Rogers, Buchanan, Loe". Retrieved May 24, 2014. 

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