Former Tulane catcher Jake Rogers dealt from Astros to Tigers in Verlander blockbuster
It went down the wire but the Houston Astros got their man.
The Detroit Tigers traded star right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander to the AL West leaders just before the deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason. It reportedly cost Houston three prospects including former Tulane catcher Jake Rogers.
Rated by some as a borderline top 10 prospect in the Houston organization, Rogers was performing well in his first full professional season in the minors. The Astros third round selection in 2016 is batting .263 this season across two levels in Class A ball with 25 doubles, 18 homers, 70 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 110 games.
Rogers is a coveted prospect due to his plus defense and arm behind the plate. His offensive performance as a pro so far has boosted his stock.
Detroit has traded several high-priced veterans this season in a decision to rebuild. Rogers becomes an important piece in those efforts.
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