Brian Rogers (baseball)

Brian Rogers
Relief pitcher
Born: (1982-07-17) July 17, 1982
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2006, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
May 26, 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 9.28
Strikeouts 8

Brian Alan Rogers (born July 17, 1982 in Dallas, Texas) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 and 2007.


Detroit Tigers

Rogers pitched for Georgia Southern University and attracted notice from the Detroit Tigers, who drafted him in the 11th round in 2003. Detroit assigned him to the Low-A Oneonta Tigers in the New York–Penn League, where he went 3–2 with a 3.34 ERA in twelve starts. In 2004 Detroit promoted Rogers to the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps, where he went 6–8 with a 4.55 ERA. Lack of run support contributed to several losses: at one point in April, Rogers was 0–1 despite three consecutive quality starts and a 2.38 ERA.[1] For 2005, Detroit converted Rogers into a relief pitcher and promoted him to the High-A Lakeland Tigers, where he posted a 2.06 ERA in 52 appearances. Rogers and fellow middle-reliever Danny Zell were cited by manager Mel Rojas as integral to Lakeland's success that year, while pitching coach Britt Burns called Rogers "the most improved pitcher on this staff."[2]

Detroit promoted Rogers to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves where he continued to work as a reliever, compiling a 3–2 record with an ERA of 2.39 by the end of July, when the Tigers traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for first basemen Sean Casey.[3]

Pittsburgh Pirates

Rogers made a whirlwind tour through Pittsburgh's minor league system, making a combined nine appearances with the Double-A Altoona Curve and Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, during which he posted a 1–1 record and an ERA of 0.93. The Pirates called Rogers up at the end of August, and Rogers made his major league debut on September 1, 2006.[4] In ten appearances with the Pirates, Rogers posted an ERA of 8.31, but did not figure in any decisions. Rogers spent most of the 2007 season in Indianapolis, where he went 2–1 with a 3.05 ERA. The Pirates recalled Rogers briefly in May 2006, but optioned him back to Indianapolis after he gave up three runs (including two home runs) in just two innings of work.[5]

Rogers returned to the Pirates' minor leagues for 2008, but was released in mid-June. The Tigers, who had traded Rogers in 2006, promptly signed him to a contract and sent him to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.[6] After posting an ERA of 7.65 in sixteen appearances the Tigers released Rogers to make room for Gary Glover.[7] He finished the season playing for the Binghamton Mets in the New York Mets' minor leagues and became a free agent at the end of the season.


  1. "Caps offense quiet again in shutout loss". Grand Rapids Press. April 23, 2004. p. D8.
  2. Yates, David (September 4, 2005). "L-Tigers dominate full-season team of FSL all-stars". The Ledger. p. C6.
  3. Lowe, John; Jon Paul Morosi (July 31, 2006). "Tigers grab Casey, send Shelton to Toledo". Detroit Free Press.
  4. Rossi, Rob (August 30, 2006). "No pressure on pitching prospect". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  5. Meyer, Paul (May 27, 2007). "4-run 1st triggers Pirates' victory; Nady, Laroche belt HRs; 3 RBIs for Bay". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C1.
  6. Kovacevic, Dejan (June 11, 2008). "Pirates Q&A with Dejan Kovacevic". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  7. "Ryan overlooked among prospects". Toledo Blade. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
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