Rogers went to the curveball sparingly in 2019, breaking one off just 14% of the time — down more than 50% from 2018. Averaging 80 mph and having more horizontal movement than average, this pitch gets a little slurvy. Even still, Rogers’ curve generated a 33.8% whiff rate and was a major weapon against lefties.
Taylor Rogers fires the two-seam variety of fastball, and he brings the heat often, dialing it up nearly 50% of the time in 2019. It averaged 94.8 mph with 17.4 inches of break, and topped out at 95.9 mph with a K rate of 27.6%.
Rogers’ slider was a certified Money Pitch in 2019: The Twins’ closer nailed the requirements with a 17% swinging-strike rate, 43.7% zone rate, and a 44.5% chase rate. The wipeout slider dialed up a 41.2% strikeout rate as a vital weapon for clinching games in the back of the Minnesota bullpen.
Rogers is able to pound the zone with good movement on his two-seam. His primary pitch has decent velocity as well. These plus an uptick in batters chasing out of the zone led to solid success for his main pitch.
Just like his slider, Rogers saw similar success with his curve. Using it as his go-to strikeout pitch, batters struck out over 50% of the time. He also reduced his home runs allowed to zero.
Absent from 2017, Rogers brought his slider back with great success. He got batters to chase frequently while posting a 17.6% whiff rate, hitting only .119 against.
Rogers throws his four-seam nowhere nearly as often as his two-seam. He keeps it around the zone to get hit well too often.