2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Taylor Rogers
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Minnesota Twins closer Taylor Rogers to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Without a definitive role as the 2019 season started, Taylor Rogers flew beneath the radar in fantasy. Yes, he flashed a dominant second half in 2018 with a sparkling 0.94 ERA and 35:8 K:BB his last 28.2 innings. Rogers ended last season tied for fourth in saves (30) in the American League with 90 strikeouts against 11 walks over 69 innings with a 2.61 ERA, 2.84 xFIP and a WHIP of one.
When Rogers started his breakout following the All-Star break in 2018, he started using a slider more than his curve. Already armed with a sinker, Rogers moved his ground ball percentage to 50.6 in 2019, up over six percent versus his prior season. Perhaps more important than Rogers ground ball rate, his strikeout to walk ratio. Rogers ranked second among all qualified relievers with an 8.18 strikeout to walk rate. This translates to a 32.4 strikeout percentage versus a four percent walk percent. Despite giving up more home runs, Rogers traded line drives for ground balls somehow reducing hard...