The Seattle Mariners have inked a deal with former first-round draft pick Mark Rogers with a Spring Training invite.
Rogers, a RHP, was the fifth-overall pick in the 2004 draft. He has been sidelined with shoulder issues throughout his career.
Rogers appeared in only 11 big league games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 and Los Angeles Angels in 2012. But in those appearances, Rogers posted a 3-1 record, a 3.49 ERA and a 3:1 K/BB ratio in 11 games including nine starts.
According to Baseball America, Rogers was once the 44th best overall prospect (prior to the 2006 season). But he missed all of 2007 and 2008 with shoulder injuries. He made it all the way back up to Triple-A and eventually the majors in 2010 and 2012, but he struggled in camp in 2013 and was sent to Double-A.
He struggled there and ended up being sent to Rookie Ball and then eventually A+ ball in the Angels organization.
It’s worth noting that in 2011, Rogers was banned for 25 games after testing positive for a stimulant for a second time.
Rogers is a power pitcher with a four-pitch mix including a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a slider in the mid-80s, a change-up and an upper-70s curveball.