Dusty Rogers

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Sebastian O'Neal Rogers

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 178 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dusty Rogers was a minor league pitcher for five years. His nephew Michael Wacha made the majors.

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). On the other hand, he was 4th in walks (57 in 72 IP). In 1985, he 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 tied for 5th in the league in walks, was 4th in whiffs (between Jeff Musselman and Walter Stull) and was 9th in ERA. Baseball America named him the league's #10 prospect, tied with Todd Brown.

Moving up to the Tampa Tarpons in 1986, he was 4-6 with a 3.89 ERA but walked 75 in 90 1/3 IP (he did strike out 88) and threw 14 wild pitches. He was 8th in the Florida State League in walks (the only one in the top 10 with fewer than 100 IP) and second to Juan Guzman in wild pitches. 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, throwing 13 wild pitches (tied for 7th in the Midwest League). He wrapped up with the 1988 Greensboro Hornets, with a solid 7-6, 2.57 campaign, 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.

He later coached high school girls' basketball.