Josh Rogers was selected int he 11th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June. At the time of the draft, Josh announced that he would be returning to Louisville for his redshirt junior season in 2016. 11th Rounders signing bonuses aren’t listed on the Baseball America’s Draft Slot Values, but the last pick in the 10th round is slated to sign for $149,700. These values are all just suggestions however, and MLB franchises can elect to pay more for different selections particularly if the club is unable to sign some of their earlier draft selections.
On Sunday, it was announced that Josh Rogers had reached an agreement with the New York Yankees for a early 4th Round contract. Signing Bonus values in the early 4th Round range from $538,200 – $480,000. There is no word on the exact value of the signing bonus OR the value of his minor league contract yet. The major news here is that the fiery left-hander from New Albany, IN will not be returning to Dan McDonnell’s club next season….a big loss for the Cards.
But not all is lost, the Cards have a strong returning pitching staff led by Brendan McKay. Also 1st Round Pick Kyle Funkhouser has yet to ink his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and there are some rumblings that he COULD return for his senior season and attempt to work his way up the draft board for the 2016 Draft. Funk returning is just speculative, but with arms like Drew Harrington, Lincoln Henzman, Brendan McKay, and several incoming freshman the Louisville pitching staff will still be plenty strong. However, losing Josh Rogers is an unexpected blow that will create some opportunities for a young arm to come in and become Louisville’s Sunday starter. Rogers was 8-1 with a 3.36 ERA last season with the Cards.
We hope to see Josh Rogers called up to the big club one day and we wish him nothing but the best in his professional career.
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