Last Friday night, Jason Rogers became the first Timber Rattler of the year to hit a homer at Time Warner Cable Field. With two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning, Rogers connected on a shot which easily cleared the left field wall and gave the team their first lead of the young season.
On Saturday morning, I had the privilege to talk to Jason not only about the previous nights performance, but also what he looks to accomplish in this, his second season, with the Timber Rattlers.
Who is Jason Rogers?
Jason Rogers attended Columbus State University where he was named a 2010 First Team All-American by the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). To add to his accolades, he tied both the Columbus State and Peach Belt Conference marks for home runs in a single season by hitting 26 in 2010. Later that year, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 32nd round of the First-Year Players Draft.
How does it feel to be the first player to hit a homer in 2012?
It feels good, but more than anything, I’d really like for us to get our first win of the season.
What aspect of your game are you looking to improve in 2012?
I want to become a better base runner. I also want to work on improving my defensive play.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
(laughing) No. I do have a medicine ball routine that I do, and I like to hit off of the pitching machine, but that’s about it.
I heard you did some work in the community when you were with the squad last year. Can you tell me a little about that?
Yeah. Me and a couple other players went to Kindercare and read books to the kids. It was really cool to see how excited the kids were over us being there.
Final question: What will it take to get you to the next level?
I think, working on my consistency. For now though, I’m just taking it one day at a time.
Later that afternoon, the Timber Rattlers picked up their first win of the season when Rogers was driven home on a walk off single from Parker Berberet in the bottom of the 9th inning. Additionally, through the first 6 games of the season, Rogers is leading the team in batting average (.381), Homeruns (1 tied with 2 other players), RBI (4), OBP (.480), and ranks second in slugging (.571).
Want to know more about Jason? Follow him on Twitter at jasonrogers2003.