Dusty Rogers (MLB/Minor League BIO) Cincinnati Reds First Round Draft Pick (#6 Overall) Sebastian O’Neal Rogers
Dusty Rogers was a minor league pitcher for five years. Dusty’s Nephew Michael Wacha made the majors and is currently pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals Organization. Rogers was the sixth pick of the January 1984 draft, two picks after Damon Berryhill and two before Jeff Blauser; the lefty was taken by the Cincinnati Reds. He was 6-2 with a 3.88 ERA for the Billings Mustangs that year. In a hitter-friendly Pioneer League, that was good for 8th in ERA and tied for 10th in wins (with Lazaro Vilella). In 1985, Rogers was back with Billings and improved to 6-4, 3.11 with 95 K in 72 1/3 IP, cutting his walks to 41. He was 4th in the league in whiffs (between Jeff Musselman and Walter Stull) and was 9th in ERA. Baseball America named Dusty Rogers the league’s #10 prospects. Moving up to the Tampa Tarpons in 1986, he was 4-6 with a 3.89 ERA. In 1987, he had a 3-7, 4.19 record for the Cedar Rapids Reds. He struck out 108 and walked 79 in 109 2/3 IP. Dusty Rogers wrapped up with the 1988 Greensboro Hornets, with a solid 7-6, 2.57 campaign, and his walks dropping to 55 in 112 IP. He was 10th in the South Atlantic League in ERA, just behind Xavier Hernandez. Overall, Rogers was 26-25 with a 3.51 ERA in 90 games (83 starts) as a pro. He allowed 377 hits but 307 walks in 456 1/3 IP while striking out 449.