The SF Giants have been talking about possible call ups for when rosters expand in September and one of the names being mentioned is not on the team’s 40 man roster.
Tyler Rogers, who has been a career minor leaguer since he was a 10th round pick of the SF Giants in 2013, has a chance to finally make it to the Big Leagues.
NBC Bay Area Reporter Alex Pavlovic included Rogers’ name among possible additions to the roster and it would be a long time coming.
The right hander with the funky side arm delivery has been about as consistent as any pitcher in the system. His earned run average from the Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats this season is 2.22. That is right in line with his career ERA of 2.28.
Rogers has struck out 57 hitters over 65.1 innings pitched, and only walked 22. In six minor league seasons, he has struck out 361 batters while only walking 138.
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One of the big sticking points to bringing up the late inning candidate is he is not on the team’s 40 man roster. That means that for him to be added, one of the current members of the 40 man would have to be removed.
One possibility to to move catcher Buster Posey from the 10 Day disabled list to the 60 day. Any player on the 60 day DL is temporarily removed from the 40 man roster for two months and allows the team to add a player without sending anyone through waivers.
Another option would be to remove someone from the roster by designating them for assignment. Pitchers like left handed relievers Josh Osich and Steven Okert could be possible candidates to be waived. Osich, 29, currently has a 5.40 ERA with a 1.680 walk and hits to innings pitched (WHIP.) Okert, 26, is not much better this season with a 4.85 ERA and 1.517 WHIP.
A third possibility is a trade, where players like Andrew McCutchen, Derek Holland and Nick Hundley could be traded for prospects before the August 31st deadline. As impending free agents, McCutchen, Holland and Hundley could be moved and still brought back in the off-season if the Giants wanted them to be on the team next season. If any of the three are traded, it would open up a spot on the 40 man for Rogers and others.
No matter what the Giants decide to do, Rogers has served his time in the minor leagues and deserves a chance to pitch in the major leagues.