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Top Prospect Alert - Ed Rogers

By Robert Sherry

Ed Rogers: The Orioles are an organization that has made some bad decisions in trying to go for the quick fix at the major league level. This has left both the major league club, as well as the minor league system in desperate need of quality prospects. Rogers is one of the few that could turn into a player that the organization could count on at the major league level eventually.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 1997, Rogers had his best season to date in 2000. While spending most of the year at Single-A Delmarva, he batted .274 with 5 home runs, 42 runs batted in, 14 doubles, 5 triples, 46 runs scored, 22 walks, 63 strikeouts, and 27 steals in 332 at-bats. Rogers received a promotion to Double-A Bowie and finished the season on a strong note (.286, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 2B, 4 R, 3 BB, 15 SO, 1 SB, 49 AB).

The American League has been blessed recently with the high quality shortstops that have come onto the scenes over the last five or so years. Players like Jeter, Garciaparra, Rodriguez, and Tejada have all raised the bar for future shortstops so it's common to try anc compare Rogers to this foursome. At this point of his career, Rogers seems like he could be a develop into that type of shortstop, but he has a ways to go until he could fulfill that potential. Rogers is only 19 and has the
height (6'1"), but he needs to put on more weight as he develops physically (only about 150 pounds). If he can do that, then you could start to look at him in that light since that could give him more power, but proably not in the 30-40 range, more like around 20 would probably be your best guess. He also needs to improve his pitch selection and learn to walk more. As for his defense, that aspect of his game is advanced for his age. He's very good in the field and has the strong arm and the ability to make all the plays and throws that you need.

With Cal Ripken near the end of his long, hall of fame career and with Mike Bordick currently playing short, Rogers is the future at this position. Rogers has started off the season at Double-A Bowie (batting .200 thru 25 AB). Because of his age, don't be surprised if he struggles some this season. Rogers needs  to spent this entire season there and then a full year at Triple-A before even being considered to be the major league starter. For the Orioles to even begin to get things turned
around, they need players like Rogers to really develop.


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