Huntsville’s Jason Rogers is taking the Southern League by storm by leading the league in home runs with 20 and runs batted in with 79.
But it was not always this way for the former two-sport star after he sustained an injury which took two years to heal.
“In 2011 I broke my hamate bone earlier in the year and missed about two months,” Rogers said. “At first I had some carpal tunnel issues.”
Rogers wrote the 2011 season off after the injury and was never able to regain comfort in the batters box until he obtained career highs in home runs and runs batted in for Milwaukee’s Double A affiliate.
In addition to leading the league in both categories, he compiled a 16-game hitting streak from July 19 through August 4 and accumulated nine home runs and 20 runs batted in.
Rogers produced a career high three home runs and six RBI against Pensacola July 20 and followed up with another home run in the next game.
The first baseman and teammate Brock Kjeldgaard are having a battle for the Southern League home run crown, but Rogers remains modest about the category.
“We just go about our business and do whats good for the team,” stated Rogers in regards to Kjeldgaard, who is just one behind the first baseman and is second in the Southern League.
After Rogers bowed out of the Southern League Home Run Derby during its All-Star break, the first baseman handed off the baton to Kjeldgaard.
Rogers previous career high was 11 between Midwest League Wisconsin and Brevard County of the Florida State League in 2012.
National scouts noted the Florida State League as a pitching-rich environment where batters’ power numbers can be deceiving.
“I think it is the prospects, there are a lot of good people in that league,” stated Rogers, who belted five home runs in 67 games with the Manatees.
Rogers knew Milwaukee was interested in him after scouts continued to check in and gauge his interest during his last season with Columbus State.
Upon entering the organization following his selection by Milwaukee in the 2010 Draft, he was open to trying other positions.
“I played a little bit of outfield in Wisconsin and Brevard County,” Rogers said. “But Huntsville was the first time I was committed to solely first base.”
Upon graduating high school, the 25-year-old received a football scholarship to Alabama A&M but opted for baseball.
“And I chose baseball because I had more experience in it,” Rogers said. “Football was fun but I was better in baseball.”
Given his personality, Rogers made the decision right for him.
“I am a laid back guy and not try to do much,” Rogers said. “I try not to make things complicated.”