By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
In under one month Milwaukee will be faced with tough decisions regarding the long-term futures of many players eligible for the Rule V draft.
The deadline for adding players to team’s 40-man rosters for the December 12 draft will be November 20 and will include two of Milwaukee’s Minor League Players of the Year, Hunter Morris and Jason Rogers.
Both players signed following their 19th birthday and have been part of the Brewer organization for four seasons and will be exposed to other teams if the Brewers’ leave them off the 40-man roster.
The Rule V draft is designed to prevent Major League organizations from stashing prospects for a long period of time.
Consequently, it forces teams to make quick decisions regarding players sitting within one organization without any significant advancement and allows minor leaguers to latch on to other teams to further their careers.
The November 20 deadline allows teams to re-assess players’ futures upon the completion of the Arizona Fall League where some players are in “sink or swim” mode, and prepares teams for vacancies within each organization entering the General Manager meetings in December.
Morris, Rogers are near locks
Morris, 25, still possessed near identical power numbers and ability to produce extra base hits in 2013 compared to his Most Valuable Player campaign with Double A Huntsville in 2012.
After enduring tough times at the plate batting .247 with a .310 On Base Percentage, he managed to belt 24 home runs to place him second among Pacific Coast League leaders, just four shy of his 2012 mark.
In conjunction, he collected 26 doubles and legged out three triples for the 2013 Sounds and was 14 away from his 2012 Huntsville season.
While Morris’ overall percentage marks were below his personal expectations, he ended the season on a high note and will warrant a look as a first base option with Milwaukee in 2014.
Milwaukee is giving Rogers every opportunity to succeed in the organization after playing the entire season at first base – a position which Morris will be playing with Nashville.
Following Rogers’ highly regarded season with Huntsville where he blasted 22 home runs and drove in a league leading 87 runs batted in, the Brewers awarded him the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year.
Rogers is playing both corner outfield positions with the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League and is in the midst of a hot streak.
In the ensuing hot streak, he is batting 9-for-23 (.391) with a hit in six of his last seven games including hit first home run of the Fall League October 24.
Rogers pounded out five hits in nine at bats along with four runs scored, two home runs and two RBI in the last two games.
It also should be noted the 2013 Huntsville first baseman spent time playing third base in the Fall Instructional League after the prior to the start of the Arizona Fall League in October.
With Rogers’ recent diverse fielding experience, there will be no doubt the team will add him to the 40-man roster.
Cravy for a roster spot
Cravy is producing a near perfect Arizona Fall League performance allowing no earned runs and just four hits through 9.1 innings with the Saguaros.
In his last two appearances, he has struck out three batters in each game spanning four innings.
The 24-year-old pitcher emerged as a pitcher worth a look following the injuries of several pitching prospects with the Brevard County Manatees, including first round draft selection Jed Bradley.
Cravy should be projected as a member of the Double A Huntsville Stars in 2014 and he will earn a serious look by other Major League organizations if left exposed in the Rule V Draft.
Bucci faced a similar situation when he compiled a successful but small-sample sized season with the Manatees and Arizona Brewers in 2012.
The stark contrast between the two is Cravy’s durability and injury history, or lack of a history. Bucci was added to the 40-man roster following Tommy John Surgery and his 2013 was short with just 0.2 innings pitched with the Rookie Arizona League Brewers.
Consequently, Milwaukee outrighted Bucci off the 40-man roster early in October to open up a roster spot.
Could they be making way for Cravy? Quite possibly. They did not send Cravy to the Arizona Fall League to audition for other teams.
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Brewers’ 2013 Minor League Player of the Year
Southern League Mid-Season All-Star
Southern League Post-Season All-Star
MiLB Player of the Week July 15-21
Belted three homers with six RBI July 20
First in Southern League with 87 Runs Batted In
Tied for fifth in Southern League with 133 games played
Tied for tenth in runs scored with 69
Tied for sixth in hits with 130
Tied for tenth with 25 doubles
Tied for second with 22 home runs
Third in Total Bases with 225
Seventh with a .468 Slugging Percentage
Sixth with an .814 OPS
OF – Brock Kjeldgaard
Southern League Mid-Season All-Star
First in Southern League with 24 home runs
Fourth with 134 games played
Sixth with 70 RBI
Tied for seventh with 66 walks
Second in strikeouts with 151
RHP – Taylor Jungmann
Second ranked prospect in Milwaukee organization
Tied for ninth in Southern League with 10 victories (leader with 12)
Tied for fourth with 26 games started
Tied for seventh in losses with 10
RHP – Ariel Pena
Milwaukee organization’s 14th ranked prospect
Tied for second with 27 games started
Tenth in Southern League with 142.1 innings pitched
Tied for third with 131 strikeouts
RHP – Andy Moye
MiLB Pitcher of the Week July 1-7
First in Southern League with 15 losses
Notched two complete games to tie for third
Seventh with a 1.22 WHIP
RHP – Greg Holle
Tied for most appearances with 51 games
RHP – Casey Medlen
Tied for fifth with 48 games
Players/Pitchers of the Week
Period of July 15-21
Jason Rogers, Huntsville
(.500/.571/1.500, 3 G, 6-for-12, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K)
Coming off a brutal June in which he hit just .126/.236/.147 in 27 games, Rogers has rebounded nicely in July for a .333/.422/.667 line through 12 contests. The 25-year-old first baseman packed a lot of wallop into his three games last week, going 4-for-6 with three homers and six RBI at Pensacola Saturday before adding a solo blast Sunday. Rogers had gone 144 at-bats since his previous homer on May 27 before Saturday’s outburst, which made him the third Huntsville player ever to hit three long balls in one game. Despite plating only seven runs in June, Rogers now ranks second in the Southern League with 60 RBI.
Period of July 8-14
(2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 14 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 9 K)
The jump to Double-A is supposed to be the most difficult transition rising Minor Leaguers have to navigate, but Goforth is making it look easy. Following a rough debut June 25 and a so-so follow-up July 1, the 24-year-old Mississippi product tossed a seven-inning shutout at Tennessee on Monday before firing another seven scoreless frames against Birmingham on Saturday. Through four starts, Goforth is holding Southern League hitters to a .195 average.
Period of July 1-7
Andy Moye, Huntsville
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, GS, 8.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K)
In the midst of a tough season for Moye, he produced a sparkling performance July 3 against Chattanooga to notch his fourth win of the season. The right-hander from Georgia endured a difficult stretch losing three in a row before snagging a victory against the Lookouts. Moye produced a similar feat early in the season May 20 versus Montgomery where he pitched eight scoreless innings and held the Biscuits to five hits and no walks.
1B – Jason Rogers
First 89 games
Ten home runs with 53 RBI
Collected 17 doubles and two triples
Bowed out of All-Star game due to injury
OF – Kentrail Davis
Promoted to Nashville July 11
Replaced by teammate Brock Kjeldgaard
Stole 18 bases and collected 19 doubles in 87 games
Belted five home runs with 33 runs driven in
Produced .372 OBP
RHP – Taylor Jungmann
First 16 starts
Produced 9-6 record with 3.51 ERA
Won four straight starts May 25-June 9
Walked 40 batters in 92.1 innings striking out 57
Victorious in six of last eight starts entering All-Star break
RHP – Ariel Pena
Replaced Chattanooga starter Luis Vazquez
Struck out 88 batters in 97 innings
Produced 5-7 record with 3.43 ERA
Notched season-high 10 strikeouts in May 8 win against Jackson (6.1 innings)
OF – Brock Kjeldgaard
Replaced Kentrail Davis on squad
Belted 14 home runs with 42 RBI in first 90 games
Collected nine doubles and two triples
Walked 38 times for a .336 OBP
C – Adam Weisenburger
Replaced Rogers on squad
Produced .400 OBP and a .283 batting average in 43 games
Collected eight doubles and drove in 20 runs
1B – Jason Rogers
Will be transitioning to outfield
Received appearances at 3B in Instructional League
RHP – Taylor Jungmann
RHP – David Goforth
Will continue adjusting to new bullpen role
C – Adam Weisenburger
RHP – Kevin Shackelford
Promoted to Huntsville June 29
Seldom do people see the effect the loss of an All-Star caliber player has on an entire organization from top to bottom.
But when Milwaukee lost first baseman Prince Fielder to Detroit in free agency after the 2011 season, it led the Brewers to change development plans of its last two Minor League Players of the Year.
When Morris began his tenure with the Brewers organization for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Single A team sent him to the outfield where he played 13 of 71 games for the Timber Rattlers.
The left-handed slugger batted .251 with nine home runs and 44 runs batted in for the Midwest League team before moving on up to High A Brevard County in 2011.
Morris proceeded to belt a then-franchise record 19 home runs with 67 runs batted in for the Manatees and collected 28 doubles for the Florida State League team. The Auburn University alum made six appearances at third base of the 130 total games in 2011.
Milwaukee assigned Rogers to the Arizona Brewers of the Rookie League and played 42 games for the team posting a promising .281 batting average and .368 On Base Percentage.
Additionally, the right-handed first baseman from Columbus State University made one appearance of his 38 fielding opportunities at third base.
Rogers also belted three home runs with a stunning 32 runs batted in during his limited appearance with the Arizona Brewers.
In Fielder’s final season for the Brewers in 2011, Milwaukee drafted another first baseman with the fourth round selection – Nick Ramirez of California State – Fullerton.
All three players exhibited some of the same tools Fielder had including the ability to get On Base, hit for power or maintain a high batting average.
Morris’ presence with the Manatees in 2011 along with the addition of Ramirez led the Brewers’ organization to make plans for Rogers in the outfield for the Timber Rattlers.
Of Rogers’ 71 total games between Rookie League Helena and Wisconsin, he made 32 appearances playing the corner outfield spots and eventually shared the first baseman role with Ramirez for Wisconsin.
The left-handed Ramirez exhibited major power numbers early in his career between Helena and Wisconsin with 11 home runs and drove in 53 runs in just 59 games.
However, his plate discipline has haunted him for the duration of his career striking out 58 times compared to 11 walks.
Departure of Fielder, commitment to Gamel
Fielder left for Detroit and the Brewers committed to Mat Gamel to fill the large shoes entering the 2012 season.
But Gamel’s time was cut short weeks into the regular season after he tore an ACL grabbing for foul ball in San Francisco.
Morris completed his time with Brevard County and was assigned to play in his hometown of Huntsville for the Stars while Rogers and Ramirez were still in Single A Wisconsin.
Little did anyone know Morris would eventually earn Southern League’s Most Valuable Player for the Brewers’ Double A affiliate – and add Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year to his trophy display case.
With his hometown, Morris played all 136 games at first base and belted a league leading 28 home runs with 113 runs batted in for the Stars. He also fell short of obtaining the league’s Triple Crown after coming within a few percentage points of the batting title.
After a convincing 66 games for the Timber Rattlers, Rogers earned a well-deserved promotion to Brevard County collecting 24 doubles and belting six home runs with 43 runs driven in.
Rogers played left field in 14 of the 66 games for the Rattlers and also exhibited athleticism with five stolen bases and no caught stealing.
Upon his arrival to the Manatees, he posted similar numbers in the same amount of games to end the season with a .301 combined batting average between both squads along with a stunning .405 OBP.
Ramirez 2012 season was hindered by extensive amounts of injuries and played 96 games for the Rattlers but managed to blast 16 home runs with 28 doubles and 70 runs batted in.
Time to Milwaukee nearing – 2013
Milwaukee made the decision to commit to all three playing first base exclusively after Gamel was lost for the entire 2013
season after injuring the same ACL during Spring Training.
It was a season of highlights for all three first baseman including an Rogers’ All-Star berth and Brewers’ 2013 Minor League Player of the Year honors.
The two accolades given to Rogers were well earned after he slugged a career high 22 home runs with a Southern League leading 87 runs batted in. His home runs were second in the league behind teammate Brock Kjeldgaard who belted 24 for the Stars’.
Rogers also produced a phenomenal 16-game hitting streak and blasted three home runs in one game for the Stars against Pensacola.
Morris had a scorching end to the 2013 season after struggling with the transition to Triple A where he batted .247 for the Sounds compared with his .303 average for the Stars.
Also, Morris hit safely in 10 of the final 11 games of the 2013 season for a .429 batting average and ten runs batted in with two home runs.
Morris compiled a nine-game hitting streak from July 29-August 6 producing three home runs and nine runs batted in along with a double and triple.
Despite his season struggles, Morris came within one home run of tying Pacific Coast League leader Brock Peterson with 24 home runs.
Had it not been for a trying season for the Sounds where the roster was stripped of players following a myriad of Brewers’ injuries throughout the season – he may have been able to incur more than 73 runs batted in.
Ramirez tied Morris for the most Manatee home runs in a single season after he hit 19 in the 2013 season.
The Brevard County first baseman was named to the Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star squad and won the league’s home run derby.
In a tough Florida State League, Ramirez knocked in 81 runs and collected 27 doubles for the High A affiliate.
However, Ramirez’s plate discipline significantly declined with 171 total strikeouts in 2013 compared to 144 with the Timber Rattlers.
Looking at 2014
Milwaukee will remain committed to Morris as the Sounds first baseman entering the 2014 season pending an outstanding Spring Training by the Huntsville native.
It will be the first year where Morris is eligible for the Rule V draft and will necessitate the Brewers to add him to the team’s 40-man roster in order to protect him from being snagged by other teams.
Rogers faces a similar fate being exposed to the Minor League portion of the draft – and due to the honor given to him by the Brewers – it could leave no doubt he will be added as well.
Both first basemen told Brewers Farm Report they have always been open to playing a position other than first base exhibited by their past experiences with the organization.
Rogers will be making appearances in the outfield during his Arizona Fall League stint in October in order to improve his chances of remaining with the Milwaukee organization.
But for Rogers, the transition could come easier due to his athletic background of playing football and basketball.
Ramirez might be looking over his shoulder at Single A Wisconsin where another Auburn first baseman, Garrett Cooper, produced phenomenal numbers in just his first professional season.
Had it not been for Fielder’s departure, the development of Rogers could have been far different than it stands today.
Of the six player representatives from the Brewers’ organization in the 2013 Arizona Fall League – one could be seeing big changes.
Huntsville’s Jason Rogers will be making a switch to the outfield after playing his entire season manning first base for the Stars.
In addition, there is plenty more at stake – and room for some improvement – for the other five players as they play through November.
Here are the following players headed to the Fall League following their team’s seasons and what they need to do:
Jason Rogers, 1B, Huntsville Stars
Given the circumstances involving teams above the organization, the potential look at Rogers in the outfield should not be considered a surprise.
After a powerful 2012 season where he is waging in a see-saw battle with Stars’ teammate Brock Kjeldgaard and Chattanooga’s Joc Pederson for the Southern League lead in home runs – Milwaukee could be attempting to keep him every way possible.
Rogers, 25, is subjected to the minor league portion of the Rule V draft held in December and faces an uncertain future given Milwaukee’s commitment to Hunter Morris at first base in Nashville for 2014.
However, Rogers told Brewers Farm Report earlier in August he has experience playing the corner outfield positions and is open to the opportunity of switching positions.
The 32nd round selection from the same draft as Morris in 2010 already notched career highs in home runs with 22 and with 85 runs batted in for Huntsville.
In 374 career games spanning four seasons he appeared in left field for 66 games and right field in one game.
Additionally, he made a sole appearance at third base his first season.
Rogers has demonstrated the ability to hit for a high average through the progression of his career and his power numbers have improved considerably since the 2012 season.
He will need to show he is capable of playing the outfield when he is given the opportunity in the Arizona Fall League.
Additionally, his odds will be better at staying with the organization given the outfield depth in Nashville.
Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Huntsville Stars
One of two first round picks by Milwaukee in 2011, the tall right-hander will need to redeem himself in the AFL after hitting a roadblock with Huntsville in 2013.
Milwaukee’s number two ranked prospect has shown the capability of producing impressive outings and physical endurance of taking on a tremendous amount of innings.
Jungmann produced a near unbeatable string of games May 9 until June 9 where he compiled a 6-1 record in seven starts.
The Southern League mid-season All-Star held opponents to nine earned runs in 45.1 innings during the hot streak. His 113.2 innings is second on the team to Ariel Pena’s 137.2.
However, his ability to get out of long-term slumps is seemingly difficult given his recent rough stretch games where has not captured a victory since July 6.
When the 6’9” pitcher is not showing impeccable location on his pitches, Huntsville Manager Darnell Coles has not hesitated to remove him from games early.
Jungmann will need to use the AFL to get out of the slump and set the tone for Spring Training in 2014.
David Goforth, RHP, Huntsville Stars
Milwaukee’s 16th rated prospect is undergoing a pitching adjustment after starting nearly every game during his minor league career.
Many national scouts project him to be a highly regarded reliever in the Major Leagues and in a purely player development move, the Stars moved him to the bullpen.
After compiling a 10-8 record with a 4.66 earned run average with Single A Wisconsin in 2012 the 2011 seventh round selection is making a statement in 2013.
Goforth produced a 7-5 record with Brevard County and allowed 27 earned runs in 78.1 innings before his promotion to Huntsville.
His control in his pitches has been remarkable allowing 44 walks in 123 innings combined between both levels.
Since the move the bullpen, he has notched four saves and just one earned run in 13 innings.
If Goforth maintains his successful stretch with the AFL, it will re-affirm Milwaukee’s confidence in him.
Adam Weisenburger, C, Huntsville Stars
The Southern League mid-season All-Star will need to stand out in the AFL and prove he should be promoted to Nashville in 2014.
In addition, the catcher is in need of more work behind the plate after accumulating 60 of Huntsville’s 133 games.
Weisenburger, 25, has not accumulated any more than 100 games in any of his three seasons with the Brewers’ organization.
With the emergence of Robinzon Diaz with Nashville and potential advancement of Brevard County’s Cameron Garfield, Weisenburger could be sandwiched in the organization.
Milwaukee could stick with Diaz, 29, heading into the 2014 season given his success at the plate.
Kevin Shackelford, RHP, Huntsville Stars
After three below average seasons, Shackelford has finally caught on with Double A Huntsville. Milwaukee likely sent the reliever to the AFL to get a longer look at his development.
Shackelford posted a 7-10 record in 55 games between Helena in 2010 and Single A Wisconsin with an earned run average above 4.00.
The right-hander from North Carolina snapped out of it following a promotion to Double A Huntsville 24 games into the 2013 season with High A Brevard County.
In 18 games for the Stars he has allowed three earned runs in 26.1 innings pitch for a meager 1.03 earned run average.
Additionally, the 24-year-old saved five games to match his season best in an entire 2012 season with Single A Wisconsin.
Mitch Haniger, OF, Brevard County Manatees
The 2012 first round selection has been on a hot streak with Brevard County after making adjustments to a tougher pitching environment compared to the Midwest League.
Haniger was promoted instantly from Single A Wisconsin after belting five home runs and collecting 12 doubles in just 41 games for the Rattlers.
Milwaukee is likely taking a look and see how he fares against other team’s pitching prospects and how he will stick with his inevitable move to Double A Huntsville.
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.”
It has been a tough season for many pitching prospects with Double A Huntsville as they are struggling to find the right momentum.
First round selection Taylor Jungmann posts a 9-7 record with an Earned Run Average of 3.70 in his first season with the Stars.
The tall right hander bounced back with six victories after starting the season with a 1-4 record and eventually earned himself a spot on the Southern League All-Star team.
Jungmann won four consecutive outings May 25 through June 9 where he allowed five earned runs through 26 innings with 12 hits and ten walks.
He dealt with a tough No Decision June 21 where he pitched seven strong innings and allowed no earned runs but the bullpen was unable to deliver the victory to him. Jungmann is in a logjam tie for the third most victories in the Southern League.
Roundtripper battle brewing
Teammates Jason Rogers and Brock Kjeldgaard are having a see-saw battle for the most home runs in the Southern League.
Both presently are tied for the league lead with 19 home runs and when Rogers struggled with injuries around the All-Star break, he stepped down from the Home Run Derby and passed the baton off to Kjledgaard to represent the Stars.
Rogers compiled four multi-home run games during the season including three home runs July 20 against Pensacola with six runs knocked in. He has belted nine home runs and driven in 23 runs.
In addition, the first baseman compiled a 16-game hitting streak between July 19 and August 4.
Goforth to bullpen
In purely a player development move, Huntsville made the decision to move starter David Goforth to the bullpen despite posting a complete game shutout and two consecutive scoreless outings.
Goforth is the Brewers’ 17th rated prospect and scouts believe he could project into a better long reliever than starter at the Major League level.
Owings to Huntsville
Milwaukee recently added former Major League pitcher Micah Owings to the roster as an outfielder and spot reliever.
Owings spent six seasons with Cincinnati, Arizona and most recently San Diego in 2012 where he posted a career 32-33 record.
In his Stars’ debut, he appeared as a Pinch Hitter and struck out the side in one inning of work the following evening.
By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Sean Halton started a two out rally in the first inning with a double and was driven in by a Hunter Morris single. Morris advanced to second after the 51s threw the ball towards home plate in an attempt to catch Halton.
Halton has hit safely in nine of the last ten games and batted 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Morris’ single extended his hitting streak (1-4, R, RBI) to five games is batting 7-for-20 with three RBI and a triple through the same stretch. The left-hander hit his 20th home run of the season in Thursday’s win against Las Vegas.
Catcher Blake Lalli singled Morris home after Las Vegas walked Josh Prince and gave the Sounds a 2-0 lead. Lallil batted 3-for-5 with two RBI in the victory.
Marco Estrada made a rehabilitation start for Nashville pitching 2.2 innings, allowing two earned runs and two walks before being lifted for left-hander Zack Kroenke.
Kroenke and three other relief pitchers combined for to keep the 51s scoreless the remainder of the game.
Jesus Sanchez earned his third save of the season, second since the promotion of Pacific Coast League All-Star Robert Wooten to Milwaukee.
Huntsville’s Rogers hits 19th Home Run
First baseman Jason Rogers knocked his 19th home run of the season in Huntsville’s 13-2 loss to the Mississippi Braves and batted 1-for-4. The home run puts him two ahead of Mobile’s Nick Evans for the Southern League lead and his 73rd run batted in is five ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Black.
The 25-year-old Georgia native believes he is starting to get into the rhythm after being hampered by injuries through the duration of the season.
Rogers bowed out of the Southern League home run derby to rest which led to teammate Brock Kjledgaard filling the spot in the All-Star event.
Mississippi hammered starter Drew Gagnon in the Friday game for seven earned runs through three innings before Stars’ Manager Darnell Coles called for Mark Williams and Casey Medlen.
Both relievers combined for five additional earned runs before Greg Holle took over and managed to put together a scoreless inning.
Gagnon has been trying to find the same success he had a year ago with Single A Wisconsin and High A Brevard County where he combined for a 7-3 record with a 2.83 Earned Run Average.
The right-hander from California is known for his command and location has allowed 114 hits in a shade over 100 innings between Brevard County and Huntsville in 2013.