The Detroit Tigers are going through a slow and steady rebuild and baseball fans in the Motor City are going to get a glimpse into the organization’s future over the next couple of months.
Catcher Jake Rogers has been one of the names high up on the list of Detroit Tigers prospects poised to get some major league experience during this rebuilding year. Now, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers are promoting Rogers to the big leagues.
Rogers will be promoted to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday and is expected to join the team in Los Angeles as they face the Angels. This news comes after the Tigers waived catcher Bobby Wilson this weekend. Fenech also reports that Wilson is set to clear waivers at 1 pm on Tuesday afternoon, clearing the way for Rogers to make the move to the majors.
A Tulane University product, Rogers came to Detroit in 2017 from the Houston Astros as a part of the Justin Verlander trade. Now, almost two years later, Tigers fans will get to see part of the return from the trade which essentially kicked the rebuild into action come to fruition in the majors.
In May, the organization promoted Rogers from Double-A Erie to Triple-A Toledo. With the SeaWolves and Mud Hens this year, the 24-year-old has a BA of .250, 52 RBI, and 14 home runs.
While pretty solid at the plate, Rogers is even more talented behind it. In the minor leagues this year, Rogers has thrown out an impressive 25 of 47 stolen base attempts. His skills in the batter’s box could use a bit of work, but when it comes to defense, Jake Rogers has the makings of an everyday presence behind home plate.
With John Hicks fulfilling duties at catcher for the Tigers lately, Rogers should certainly make his MLB debut within the next few days. The rest of this season should primarily be used for getting younger guys big-league experience, and Rogers should be just the first of many bright new faces in Detroit’s lineup before the year ends.