The later a player is drafted in MLB, the less room there is for error. When a player is drafted early and makes more money, he has more room for error. However, any little slip up from a late-round pick can have them searching for a job. In order to continually advance, these players need to do absolutely everything right.
Jason Rogers is a player who has done just that for the Milwaukee Brewers. As a 32nd round draft pick in 2010, Rogers was not expected to do much, but has produced at every level. Last season with AA Huntsville, Rogers batted .270 with 22 home runs on his way to winning the Brewers Organizational Player of the Year Award. This season, he has continued to hit after changing positions from first to third, and also receiving a promotion to AAA Nashville. Through 95 games this season, he has batted .285 with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs.
Although publications like MLB.com do not even view him as a top-20 prospect in the Brewers system, the 26-year-old Rogers has a legitimate shot at helping and starting with the Brewers’ next season. Rogers appears to be an answer at at least on of the corner positions, with Aramis Ramirez holding an expensive mutual option of $14 million for next season and no one else in the minor leagues to step in.
In the past, the Brewers have let bats rot in the minor leagues. Players like Mat Gamel, Taylor Green, Logan Schafer and even Hunter Morris excelled in the minors, but struggled to earn promotion to the majors. So far, Rogers has proven himself at every level. Instead of wasting next season with another year in Nashville, 2015 needs to be a year where he is given a chance to prove himself in the everyday Brewers lineup.