Rojas pitching batting practice, 2012
|Detroit Tigers – No. 59|
April 17, 1963 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
Miguel Angel Rojas (born April 17, 1963, in Miami, Florida) is an American professional baseball coach and player development official. A member of the Detroit Tigers' organization since 2004, Rojas was named bullpen coach of the Tigers on July 3, 2011, when his predecessor, Jeff Jones, was promoted to Detroit's pitching coach position. Rojas is the son of former MLB second baseman, coach, manager and scout Cookie Rojas, still in baseball as a television analyst on the Miami Marlins' Spanish network. Rojas' brother Victor is the TV play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Previously, Mike Rojas had served the Tigers as director of player development, field coordinator of instruction, roving minor league catching instructor and minor league manager at the Short Season-A, Class A and Triple-A levels. He has also managed in the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox organizations. From 1987–1991, he coached in the college ranks as an assistant with St. Thomas University (Florida).
Rojas is a former catcher who played in the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays farm systems during the 1980s. His Baseball-Reference page lists him as playing only in 1983–1984, but his mlb.com biography credits him with four years of minor league service, through 1986. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg) as an active player.
|Detroit Tigers bullpen coach