31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Esmil Rogers in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Esmil Rogers Contract Information:
Released by the Yankees in July 2015.
Rogers signed a one -year, $1.9 million guaranteed contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Esmil Rogers.
Rogers' days as a starting pitcher appear to be over, as he made just one spot start while appearing in 33 games as a reliever last season. The Yankees picked up Rogers from the Blue Jays after Toronto designated him for assignment in late July. He showed signs of improving after the change of scenery, shaving more than two runs off his ERA in 18 appearances after the trade. Without an offering that generates consistent groundballs, Rogers may fall victim to the hitter-friendly tendencies of Yankee Stadium. Especially as a right-hander, he'll be challenged to keep the ball down in the zone to avoid the damage of long balls to the short porch in right field against left-handed batters. Rogers will try to secure an Opening Day roster spot as a middle reliever during spring training.
Rogers was surprisingly effective upon first joining the Toronto rotation in 2013, before getting absolutely hammered in July and August. History suggests that he's nothing more than organizational filler as a starter, and Rogers hasn't had much success out of the bullpen, either. His 5.52 career ERA is partially a product of time spent with the Rockies and partially due to the fact that he isn't a very good pitcher. If Rogers earns a spot in the Opening Day rotation, it will be a sign that the Blue Jays are in serious need of starting pitchers.
Rogers flourished in a relief role for the Indians after escaping Colorado before getting dealt to the Blue Jays in the offseason. He's got a live enough arm to warrant some consideration as a darkhorse candidate to close but those hopes were likely dashed when Toronto tossed its hat into the AL East race as they are now very unlikely to give an unproven commodity a chance to close out games. He could emerge as one the team's primary setup men, however, as part of an improving Toronto bullpen.
Simply put, 2011 was a disaster for Rogers as he was eventually removed from the Rockies' rotation while serving as his own worst enemy with a 5.10 BB/9IP. Although he's displayed a knack for getting ground outs in the past, his groundball rate dropped nearly 10 percent (42.3) and his mistakes were hammered (1.52 HR/9IP) by the opposition. Throughout his time in the big leagues, Rogers has lacked a reliable third pitch and that could make the bullpen his permanent home in 2012.
A groundball pitcher, Rogers bounced between the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs, before finally settling in as a long reliever/starting pitcher for the major league club in 2010. In the minors he posted a 5.75 ERA and 53:19 K:BB mark through 61 innings, predominately as a starter. In the majors he had a 6.13 ERA and a 66:26 K:BB rate through 72 innings. As a reliever, he was able to achieve a 9.9 K/9IP strikeout rate, showing that he may have a future in that role. He has a fastball, curveball and changeup, but in 2010 he debuted a slider that produced good results. In 2011 he'll likely remain a long reliever, which limits his value to fantasy owners.
Rogers is a converted shortstop with a strong arm and very good command. He's a groundball pitcher, throwing his fastball from 88-94 and his curve is an out pitch. He had a mediocre season at Double- and Triple-A going a combined 11-7 with a 4.41 ERA. Even though he's on the 40-man roster, Rogers will have difficulty breaking into the rotation. His command, and excellent breaking pitches make him a good candidate for the bullpen, where he'll likely stick with the big club as long reliever this season.
Like Aneury Rodriguez, Rogers is a performance prospect without great stuff. Unlike Rodriguez, he's 23 years old and not yet out of A ball. There's not much here to recommend.