Taylor Rogers
Taylor Rogers
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Rogers appeared to take a step backward last year as Minnesota's primary closer. He took four losses and had two blown saves in 21 appearances. However, his underlying numbers show he was nearly the same pitcher he was in 2019; his 2.83 FIP mirrored his 2.84 FIP in 2019. Rogers' strikeout rate declined from 32.4%, but was still near his career average at 27.5%. His average fastball velocity held nearly steady at 94.6 mph along with his stellar walk rate (5%) and home-run rate (0.90 HR/9). He did struggle against righties (.833 OPS allowed), which had been an issue before 2019. He no longer the top option for saves in the Minnesota bullpen after the club signed Alex Colome, but manager Rocco Baldelli has ignored traditional closer patterns, so expect Rogers to still see some matchup-based opportunities. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#198
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$Signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Twins in December of 2020.
Takes second loss
PMinnesota Twins
May 16, 2021
Rogers (0-2) allowed an unearned run on one hit over one inning Sunday, striking out two and taking a loss against Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Rogers entered the ninth inning in a tie ballgame, so he wasn't stuck with a blown save on top of the loss. He allowed a one-out single to Ramon Laureano, who later reached third on a throwing error. Laureano came around to score on a dropped third strike during the next at-bat. Rogers has given up a run in four of his last five outings and hasn't picked up a save since May 3.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
18
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 2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .268 104 38 5 26 4 0 3
Since 2019vs Right .244 321 96 12 73 16 0 9
2021vs Left .238 21 9 0 5 2 0 2
2021vs Right .306 41 12 2 11 1 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-74%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-88%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-58%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.29 1.06 54.2 2 7 21 11.4 1.2 1.3
Since 2019Away 2.63 1.21 48.0 2 3 20 12.2 1.9 0.8
2021Home 4.70 1.17 7.2 0 2 2 11.7 1.2 2.3
2021Away 1.23 1.23 7.1 0 0 0 13.5 1.2 0.0
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
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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
10.50
 
K/9
12.6
 
BB/9
1.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
3.00
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.397
 
GB/FB
1.70
 
Left On Base
72.4%
 
Exit Velocity
78.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.5%
 
Spin Rate
2331 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.5%
 
Swinging Strike
12.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Blows save against Texas
PMinnesota Twins
May 4, 2021
Rogers was credited with a blown save Tuesday against the Rangers. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out one across 1.1 innings.
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Struggles to secure second save
PMinnesota Twins
May 3, 2021
Rogers picked up the save after allowing two runs on two hits while striking out one in one inning Monday against the Rangers.
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Next up in Minnesota
PMinnesota Twins
April 27, 2021
With Alex Colome reportedly moving to a lower-leverage role, Rogers is seemingly poised to serve as Minnesota's closer for the time being.
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Earns first save
PMinnesota Twins
April 23, 2021
Rogers struck out one batter over a perfect 0.2 innings while picking up a save over the Pirates on Friday.
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Records third hold of 2021
PMinnesota Twins
April 22, 2021
Rogers pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and earning the hold in Wednesday's 13-12, extra-innings loss to Oakland.
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