Casey Daniel Rogowski
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 230 lb.
- High School Catholic Central High School (Redford, MI)
Casey Rogowski was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Nathan Durst and made his pro debut that summer with the AZL White Sox, hitting .288/~.387/.357. He spent the next year with the Burlington Bees, batting .231/.315/.325.
He hit .287/.382/.437 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs for the Kannapolis Intimidators in 2001. Baseball America rated him the best defensive first baseman in the South Atlantic League. He split 2002 between the AZL White Sox (.485/.485/.871 in 8 games, presumably on a rehab stint) and the Winston-Salem Warthogs (.255/.358/.332, 16 for 19 in SB attempts) and played for the Warthogs again the next year, putting up a .246/.357/.364 line and stealing 18 bases while getting caught only 4 times. His .997 fielding percentage led Carolina League first basemen.
Returning to Winston-Salem one more time in 2004, he had a breakout year, hitting .286/.401/.471 with 18 homers and 90 RBIs. He led the entire White Sox minor league chain in runs (88), OBP and walks (91). He also led the Carolina League in walks. He had the most errors of any Carolina League first baseman (11) but also the most double plays (91). The season was marred by tragedy, though, when a ball he hit severely injured Paul Maholm.
Rogowski spent 2005 with the AA Birmingham Barons and hit .293/.374/.444 with 37 doubles, 83 runs, nine home runs and 78 RBIs for the club (despite striking out 111 times). He led Southern League first sackers in putouts (1,126) and double plays (133) and made the SL All-Star team.
He reached the AAA level in 2006 when he joined the Charlotte Knights, with whom he hit .272/.351/.436 with 13 homers and 76 RBIs. He stole 26 bases in 35 attempts. He was named the best defensive first baseman in the International League by Baseball America. He led players at his position in putouts (1,055), errors (11) and double plays (102).
Sources include 2000-2007 Baseball Almanacs