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Miguel Elias Rojas Naidernoff
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 187 lb.
Miguel Rojas is an infielder who made his major league debut in 2014.
Rojas signed with the Cincinnati Reds in November 2005; the scouts were Luis Baez and Maximo Rombley. In his pro debut, he struggled for the VSL Reds, hitting .178/.317/.197 with 8 RBI in 58 games. He made 24 errors at short, fielding .917. He split 2007 between the VSL Devil Rays/Reds (.228/.336/.337 in 30 G) and DSL Reds (4 for 16, 2B, 3 BB). In 2008, he came to the US with the Billings Mustangs but fell back under the Mendoza Line at .183/.248/.245, though he fielded .963 at SS (leading Pioneer League shortstops).
With the 2009 Dayton Dragons, Rojas put up a .273/.326/.339 line with 14 steals in 22 tries. He fielded .977 and Baseball America named him the best defensive shortstop in the Midwest League (he led the league's shortstops in fielding percentage and 220 putouts). That winter, he hit .287/.330/.330 for the Tiburones de La Guaira in his Venezuelan League debut (though he had played briefly in the 2007-2008 Venezuelan League postseason).
In 2010, Rojas's offensive production fell and he made stops with the AZL Reds (3 for 4), Lynchburg Hillcats (.230/.271/.270 in 74 G) and Carolina Mudcats (6 for 27, 2 BB). He only had six extra-base hits in 275 at-bats, while stealing 14 bases in 19 attempts. In 2010-2011, he batted .312/.378/.336 for La Guaira. Only Cesar Suarez had a better average among their players with 100+ at-bats. During the summer of '11, Rojas played for the AZL Reds (8 for 17, 3 2B, 6 BB) and Carolina (.259/.302/.285 in 68 G). He missed time with wrist and rotator cuff injuries. In the winter of 2011-2012, he posted a .298/.324/.356 line for the Tiburones.
During the 2012 Caribbean Series, Rojas joined the Tigres de Aragua and put on a strong effort. He hit .389/.500/.444 and was named the All-Star shortstop; the line is even more impressive as the 2012 Series was a pitcher-dominated affair. Of the tourney's All-Stars, only outfielder Jesus Feliciano had a better OPS and no one had a better OBP.