Taylor Rogers
Taylor Rogers
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.53 million contract with the Twins in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Collects eighth save
PMinnesota Twins
June 15, 2019
Rogers allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save Saturday versus the Royals. He did not record a strikeout.
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Rogers certainly didn't take the easy route Saturday as he allowed the tying run to reach second base, but he was ultimately able to preserve the one-run lead. The 28-year-old has a 2.10 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38:7 K:BB through 30 innings and is 8-for-10 in save opportunities while also recording nine holds.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .192 231 78 17 40 1 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .251 393 84 27 90 21 1 10
2019vs Left .273 37 13 3 9 0 0 0
2019vs Right .238 90 25 4 20 4 0 4
2018vs Left .180 110 40 8 18 0 0 0
2018vs Right .225 150 35 8 31 10 1 3
2017vs Left .173 84 25 6 13 1 0 3
2017vs Right .287 153 24 15 39 7 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 1.78 1.00 81.0 3 2 4 8.9 1.9 0.6
Since 2017Away 3.70 1.27 73.0 7 4 6 10.1 3.3 1.0
2019Home 1.88 1.12 14.1 0 1 3 12.6 1.9 1.3
2019Away 2.30 1.28 15.2 2 0 5 10.3 2.3 1.1
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
2017Home 1.88 1.26 28.2 3 0 0 6.9 3.5 0.9
2017Away 4.33 1.37 27.0 4 3 0 9.0 3.3 1.0
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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 this season's data (min 20 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
5.43
 
K/9
11.4
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
94.4 mph
 
ERA
2.10
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.349
 
GB/FB
1.77
 
Left On Base
95.4%
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2288 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.3%
 
Swinging Strike
10.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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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Notches seventh save
PMinnesota Twins
June 15, 2019
Rogers struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his seventh save of the season in a 2-0 win over the Royals.
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Still recovering from sore back
PMinnesota Twins
Back
June 14, 2019
Rogers (back) could have been used in an emergency in Thursday's game, but the Twins preferred to give him more time to recover, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Expects to be available Wednesday
PMinnesota Twins
June 12, 2019
Rogers (back) said he expects to be available out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Mariners, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Nursing back injury
PMinnesota Twins
Back
June 11, 2019
Rogers was unavailable to pitch Tuesday against the Mariners due to a minor back injury, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Records two-inning save
PMinnesota Twins
June 6, 2019
Rogers allowed a solo home run and recorded three strikeouts across two innings to record his seventh save of the season in Thursday's 5-4 win over Cleveland.
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