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Josh Rogers: Orioles 'The Perfect Spot Right Now' For Pitching Prospects

August 9, 2018
By Cody Wilcox

Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Josh Rogers believes the Baltimore Orioles are the ideal organization for him and other young pitchers to develop while the Orioles continue their rebuilding process. 

Rogers and right-handed pitchers Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll were acquired from the New York Yankees for closer Zach Britton July 24. 

"I think Baltimore is the perfect spot right now for someone to start their big league career, like myself, like Dillion, like Cody," Rogers said on Glenn Clark Radio July 31. "It's just a good situation to try to get your feet wet and learn how to pitch in the big leagues." 

Unlike the Orioles, who have made it clear that they are pursuing a rebuild, the Yankees are making a playoff push. Each game becomes more crucial to the playoff picture as the second half of the season moves along, and Rogers said it can be difficult for young players to develop when they don't perform to their potential and are met with fan animosity. 

"Everybody says [Yankees fans] are the greatest fans in baseball," Rogers said. "But I think they can be the greatest, or they can be sometimes the worst. It's a Game 7 of the World Series every single night there in New York.

"We're not going to go up there and be [Yankees right-hander Luis Severino or Red Sox lefty Chris Sale] every single night," Rogers said. 

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound southpaw was drafted by the Yankees out of the University of Louisville during the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Rogers spent three years in the Yankees' farm system. 

Rogers recalled waiting out a rain delay when he noticed Tate was scratched from his start for the Double-A Trenton. Assuming Tate had been traded to the Orioles, Rogers texted his good friend to inform him of the news and teased the idea of joining him in Baltimore. After seeing his name appear throughout Twitter in trade rumors -- and making a call to his agent -- Rogers sent Tate another text message. 

"I texted Tate back and said, 'Well, holy heck. Looks like I'm going with you,'" Rogers said. 

Rogers said he was initially emotional leaving a franchise he had spent almost four years with, but he's looking forward to his time with the Orioles. The New Albany, Ind., native has shown promise during his three starts since joining Triple-A Norfolk. Rogers has thrown seven scoreless innings twice, including once against his former teammates with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He wields a 1.33 ERA. 

Rogers joins a new wave of young players that are ready to take on the talent-rich lineups of the American League East.

"I've always wanted to play against the best competition, ever since I was a little kid," Rogers said. "Having the opportunity to play in the AL East, I think that I'll get the opportunity to do that."

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Photo Credit: Scott Sears/Norfolk Tides