Taylor Rogers
Taylor Rogers
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Rogers emerged from an unsettled bullpen situation early in the year to become the Twins' clear primary closer with 30 saves. His usage was unconventional as he had 12 saves of more than three outs. Manager Rocco Baldelli wasn't afraid to use him earlier in games based on matchups (30 of his appearances were before the ninth inning). Whenever he was used, Taylor was effective, improving his velocity to an average 94.8 mph fastball (from 93.4 mph in 2018) and his strikeout rate to 32.4% (from 28.9% in 2018). Always dominant against lefties, Rogers has continually improved against righties (.611 OPS vs. RHB last season). Baldelli showed that he is not handcuffed to traditional closer usage patterns, so Rogers may have to occasionally do the dirty work without the reward of the save. That said, he will be the top option in the Minnesota bullpen again in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.45 million contract with the Twins in January of 2020, avoiding arbitration.
Picks up win in extra innings
PMinnesota Twins
September 22, 2020
Rogers (2-4) earned the win Tuesday against the Tigers. He allowed one unearned run on two hits while fanning one across just one inning.
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Rogers pitched the top of the 10th for the Twins and allowed the second-base runner to cross home plate on back-to-back one-out hits, but he bounced back to close the inning rather quickly. The offense backed him up with two runs in the bottom of the 10th, though, so Rogers ended as the winning pitcher in this extra-inning contest. Rogers has nine saves this season and should remain as Minnesota's primary closer heading into the playoffs.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Taylor Rogers generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Taylor Rogers generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .222 193 69 13 39 2 0 1
Since 2018vs Right .232 430 119 18 93 25 1 12
2020vs Left .300 11 4 1 3 1 0 0
2020vs Right .310 74 19 3 22 7 0 2
2019vs Left .273 72 25 4 18 1 0 1
2019vs Right .208 206 65 7 40 8 0 7
2018vs Left .180 110 40 8 18 0 0 0
2018vs Right .225 150 35 8 31 10 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-88%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-58%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.44 0.92 85.0 2 6 20 10.3 1.0 0.6
Since 2018Away 3.30 1.20 71.0 3 4 21 11.5 2.8 0.9
2020Home 1.38 1.15 13.0 2 1 6 10.4 0.7 0.7
2020Away 11.12 2.47 5.2 0 3 3 12.7 4.8 1.6
2019Home 3.71 1.00 34.0 0 4 13 11.6 1.3 1.3
2019Away 1.54 1.00 35.0 2 0 17 11.8 1.5 0.8
2018Home 1.66 0.76 38.0 0 1 1 9.0 0.7 0.0
2018Away 3.86 1.19 30.1 1 1 1 11.0 3.9 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Taylor Rogers compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
6.00
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
1.8
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
94.6 mph
 
ERA
4.05
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.426
 
GB/FB
1.93
 
Left On Base
58.8%
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.3%
 
Spin Rate
2353 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.8%
 
Swinging Strike
11.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Rogers continues to improve against right-handed hitters and will be a key setup man for the Twins. He started the season slow, falling out of his setup role with a 5.48 ERA through May. However, he began to use a slider instead of a changeup in June and had a dramatic turnaround, especially against right-handed hitters. He had a 1.34 ERA after June 1 with a 10.9 K/9. He finished the season with a streak of 26 scoreless innings. Taylor was as dominant as ever against lefties with a .428 OPS allowed, and the new pitch helped limit righties to a .643 OPS (compared to a career .744 OPS allowed). About the only negative is that his usage in the bullpen wasn't consistent, which resulted in a decline from a MLB-leading 30 holds to just 18 last year. He'll figure prominently in the setup corps this season, likely trailing Trevor May and Addison Reed in the hierarchy for saves.
Rogers has become a key member of the bullpen for Minnesota as he moved from being a lefty specialist in 2016 to the primary eighth-inning setup man for much of 2017. His 30 holds led all of baseball last season. Rogers dominates lefties (.560 OPS allowed in 2017) and improved slightly against righties last year (.766 OPS allowed vs. an .811 OPS allowed in 2016). His average fastball velocity (93.8 mph) and strikeout rate (7.9 K/9) are not what one would expect to see from a quality late-inning arm, and he also struggled with his control last season -- his 3.4 BB/9 was his worst mark since he was in Low-A. Rogers' platoon splits and lack of premium bat-missing stuff limit his chances to win the closer role if it were to open. He has shown he can be a productive member of Minnesota's relief corps, but he appears underqualified to handle the eighth inning on a contending team.
Rogers went from being a productive but uninspiring starter at Triple-A, to a lefty reliever in the majors with some success. His rookie season featured a decent 3.96 ERA, but an impressive 9.4 K/9 and a 51.4 percent groundball rate. He was even better against left-handed batters with a .547 opponents' OPS. If he can limit the damage from right-handed batters (.811 OPS allowed), he could have an increasingly important role in Minnesota's bullpen.
The 24-year-old lefty put up a 3.98 ERA (3.21 FIP) in 174 innings at Triple-A last season. He could approach 200 innings in 2016 if he remains a starter, but the Twins are considering him for a lefty setup role this spring.
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Implodes in non-save situation
PMinnesota Twins
September 14, 2020
Rogers (1-4) gave up two runs on two hits and a pair of walks in one-third of an inning to take the loss Monday versus the White Sox.
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Picks up save No. 9
PMinnesota Twins
September 11, 2020
Rogers allowed one run on two hits (one home run) but was still able to shut the door on the Indians for his ninth save of the season Friday.
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Nabs eighth save
PMinnesota Twins
September 4, 2020
Rogers tossed one scoreless inning Friday as he earned the save in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Tigers. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out one.
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Takes loss in relief
PMinnesota Twins
September 1, 2020
Rogers (1-3) was tagged with the loss Monday against the White Sox. He gave up three runs (all unearned) on three hits while fanning one in one inning.
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Locks down seventh save
PMinnesota Twins
August 24, 2020
Rogers allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning Monday, earning the save over Cleveland.
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