How Did The Tigers Get Jake Rogers?
The Tigers acquired Jake Rogers through a trade.
The Astros traded Rogers, Franklin Pérez, and Daz Cameron to the Detroit Tigers for Justin Verlander on August 31, 2017.
Rogers had a .125 batting average in 35 games, with four home runs, eight RBIs, 13 walks, and 51 strikeouts. His defense, which is his strong suit, took a hit as well. During his 302 innings at the plate, he had nine passed balls.
“There’s an opportunity here,” Rogers said on May 8, referring to his first game, which will be in 2021. “I’m determined to make the most of this opportunity
That’s what I’m going to do. I’m hoping to do well up here and establish a reputation. I’ll do it if I stay here. If I don’t, I’ll return to the bottom, serve my sentence, and wait. All I want to do is assist the team in winning.”
Rogers stayed until his season was overdue to injury.
In 38 games, he batted.239 with five doubles, three triples, six home runs, 17 RBIs, 11 walks, and 46 strikeouts, demonstrating an improved offensive approach.
The Tigers were ecstatic with his performance, given that his strength is behind the plate rather than in front of it.
He demonstrated the defensive success that led to the Astros selecting him No. 97 overall in 2016 and the Tigers requiring his participation in the Verlander trade in August 2017. He had a fielding percentage of.997 and only one error.
Jake went from a player who was penciled into the plans to someone who was firmly entrenched as part of what we were doing moving forward, according to Hinch.
“His work in the minor leagues impressed me.” He seized the opportunity and bolted as soon as he appeared.
Much has been made of his home runs and more competitive at-bats, but he also improved his catching and was doing a lot of good things at the plate.
“This season, he made a lot of progress.” Those aren’t going to go away just because he’s hurt and will be out for a while. But I believe Jake had earned the right to be a big part of what we’re doing again.”