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Indians acquire reliever Esmil Rogers from Rockies

Jun 12, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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Esmil Rogers‘ mid-90s fastball failed to produce results in Colorado, so he’ll get a fresh start in Cleveland after being picked up in return for cash considerations Tuesday.

Rogers was previously designated for assignment on Satursday.

A full-time reliever for the first time, the 26-year-old Rogers struck out 29 in 25 2/3 innings for the Rockies, but he walked 18 and amassed an 8.06 ERA in the process. Last year, he had a 7.05 ERA in 13 starts and five relief appearances.

Still, Rogers’ right arm is tantalizing, which is why the Rockies stuck with him for so long. He’s averaged 96.1 mph with his fastball this year, making him one of the game’s hardest throwers. If he can start getting ahead with his heater and tighten up his slider some, he could yet become an excellent reliever.

  1. mjay424 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Pitching is more than arm strength, even for relievers.

    Esmil Rogers showed flashes of competency here and there but overall was atrocious, for so long and the Rockies believed one day Rogers would eat a couple bowls of Lucky Charms and all would be right with the world.

    Rogers likely will never succeed? Why? He’s so easily hittable and his K/BB rate has never impressed.

    Pitching is a skill, not a feat of strength.

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  2. brownsapologist - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    If we’re going to dig around in other teams garbage, then maybe we should look for a right handed bat instead.

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