Taylor Allen Rogers...Twitter: @trogers34...Instagram: @roge34...2009 graduate of Chatfield (CO) High School...attended University of Kentucky and pitched for three years from 2010-12, going 13-18, 5.35 ERA (249.0 IP, 148 ER) with 55 walks and 172 strikeouts in 45 games (42 starts)...has twin brother, Tyler, who was drafted by San Francisco in the 10th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Austin Peay State University...participated in 2017, '18 and '19 Twins Winter Caravan...started a foundation that helps support firefighters for mental wellness needs..grew up wanting to be a firefighter; would have been a fifth-generation firefighter...in spare time, enjoys playing golf and washing his white F150 pickup truck.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for third time in career and earned save on Opening Day March 28 vs. Cleveland with 1.1 scoreless innings....Had scoreless inning streak snapped at 28.2 April 2 at Kansas City on an Adalberto Mondesi inside-the-park home run...the streak had tied Johnny Klippstein (1965-66) for third longest in club history (Joe Nathan - 29.0 in 2004 and J.C. Romero, 36.0 in 2004).
...Became primary closer in early June and went 26-for-30 in save opportunities from then on....Twin brother, Tyler, made major league debut for San Francisco August 27 vs. Arizona with 1.0 scoreless inning...Taylor closed out a save that night in Chicago-AL, then went back to clubhouse to watch his brother's debut...they became 10th different pair of twin brothers to play in the major leagues, eighth to play in same season and first since Damon and Ryan Minor during the 2000-04 seasons....Led the AL and ranked second in the majors (min. 10.0 IP) with a .154 opponent on-base percentage in June, trailing on MIL-Josh Hader (.136)....Converted a career-best 14 consecutive save opportunities August 4-end of season....Recorded 30th save September 28 at Kansas City, becoming the fourth left-hander in Twins history to reach that milestone, joining Glen Perkins (3 times), Eddie Guardado (2 times) and Ron Perranoski (2 times)...was first since Glen Perkins had 32 in 2015....Held left-handed hitters to a .208 batting average and right-handed hitters to a .273 average....Was only pitcher in baseball with at least 30 saves and at least 10 holds....12 of his saves were of more than three outs, most by a Twin since Rick Aguilera had 13 in 1990...posted seven saves of at least six outs, the most by a Twins reliever since Jeff Reardon also had seven for the 1987 World Series champions....Issued just 11 walks on season, tied for seventh fewest in club history for a reliever....Ranked second in baseball among relievers in strikeout-per-walk ratio at 8.18, trailing only Texas/Atlanta's Chris Martin (13.00)...was also lowest mark in club history for a reliever....Finished tied for ninth in baseball in saves (30) and tied for fourth in the AL...20 of his saves came after July 1, tied for fourth most in baseball in that span and third in the AL (OAK's Liam Hendriks - 23, HOU's Roberto Osuna - 21)....Made one appearance during ALDS vs. New York-AL, pitching 2.0 innings in Game 3 at Target Field, allowing one run on two hits in 2.0 innings pitched....Named Joseph W. Haynes Award winner for Twins Pitcher of the Year, an award voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second time in career and spent entire season with Twins...Began the season going 1-2, 5.13 ERA (26.1 IP, 15 ER) in first 28 games from April 2-June 15, but finished the season going 0-0, 1.07 ERA (42.0 IP, 5 ER) in final 44 games...Posted a 26.0-inning scoreless streak from July 30-through end of season, the fifth longest in club history, trailing J.C. Romero (36.0 in 2004), Joe Nathan (29.0 in 2004), Johnny Klippstein (28.2 in 1965-66) and Juan Berenguer (26.1 in 1998)...during that streak, held opponents to a .120 batting average, three walks and 29 strikeouts...Ranked tied for third in the AL in holds Post-All-Star Break and ranked tied for fourth in baseball...Ranked fifth in baseball in opponent batting average Post-All-Stark Break (.120) and 13th in ERA (0.94)...Held left-handed hitters to a .180 average and right-handed hitters to a .225 average...Only pitcher in baseball to not allow a single run in both August and September...Set career-highs in games (72), innings pitched (68.1), strikeouts (75), fewest home runs allowed (3), ERA (2.63), and WHIP (0.95)...Ranked second on Twins in games and tied for first in holds (18)...Ranked tied for ninth in the AL in games (72), tied for second among left-handed pitchers.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for first time in career ... Posted a 1.86 ERA (9.2 IP, 2 ER) in 13 May games and a 0.75 ERA (12.0 IP, 1 ER) in 11 June games ... Converted a hold in six straight games June 28-July 15 ... Posted a 2.14 ERA (33.2 IP, 8 ER) with an opponent batting average of .238 in 39 games pre-All-Star break, had a 4.50 ERA (22.0 IP, 11 ER) with an opponent batting average of .259 in 30 games after the break ... Allowed five of 35 inherited runners to score for a 14.3 inherited runners scored percentage, tied for fourth-best in the AL ... Held opponents scoreless in 20 of final 21 appearances from August 6 through end of season and scoreless in each of his final 15 appearances since August 25 ... Held left-handed hitters to a .173 batting average and right-handers to a .287 average ... Twins went 48-21 in his appearances ... Went 3-0, 1.88 ERA (28.2 IP, 6 ER) in 33 home games and 4-3, 4.33 ERA (27.0 IP, 13 ER) in 36 road games ... Ranked fifth in the AL among left-handed relievers in games (69) ... Led baseball in holds (30) and ranked third in club history, trailing J.C. Romero's 33 in 2002 and Matt Guerrier's 33 in 2009.
Began season with Triple-A Rochester. Appeared in seven games (2 starts) for the Red Wings and was recalled by Minnesota April 13 (Glen Perkins - disabled list). Made major league debut April 14 vs. Chicago-AL, pitching 0.2 scoreless inning with one hit allowed. Recorded first career strikeout May 18 at Detroit, fanning J.D. Martinez. Recorded first major league win June 2 vs. Tampa Bay with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief. Allowed four home runs in first 12 appearances but did not allow one from June 11-August 30 (35.0 IP). Posted a 17.0-inning scoreless streak June 17-July 23, the longest by a Twin for the season. Held left-handed hitters to a .202 (17-for-84) average and right-handers to a .291 (46-for-158) average with Twins. Ranked second on the Twins staff in holds (9) and third in games (57). Ranked fifth among AL rookies in games (57), first among left-handers...tied for ninth in games among all AL left-handed pitchers. Finished seventh on the Twins all-time list in games for rookies, fourth among left-handed pitchers (Jose Mijares, 2009 - 71; Gary Wayne, 1989 - 60; Len Whitehouse, 1983 - 60).
Was an invite to Twins spring training; reassigned to minor league camp March 15 and spent entire season with Triple-A Rochester....Pitched two 6.0-inning complete games, May 22 at Norfolk and July 10 at Syracuse, the fifth and sixth complete games of his professional career...Named International League All-Star, pitching 1.0 inning of relief with one walk July 15 at Omaha....Pitched 6.0-plus innings in 22 of 27 starts for Red Wings and 7.0-plus in nine starts...17 of 27 starts were quality starts....Held left-handed batters to a .177 (34-for-192) average and right-handers to a .326 (156-for-479) average at Rochester... Ranked second in minor league baseball in innings pitched (174.0), trailing only teammate Pat Dean (179.0)...ranked third in the organization in innings, trailing only Kyle Gibson (194.2) and Dean....Led the Red Wings staff in strikeouts (126) and tied for second in wins (11)....Tied for first in the International League in starts (27), second in innings pitched and strikeouts, tied for second in complete games (2), and tied for third in wins....Pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, going 2-2, 2.88 ERA (25.0 IP, 8 ER) with 11 walks and 21 strikeouts in six starts...ranked second on Scorpions staff in innings pitched and strikeouts...tied for sixth in AFL in strikeouts and ranked 10th in innings pitched...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 20....Ranked 14th best prospect in Twins system by Baseball America, entering 2016.
Spent entire season with Double-A New Britain...named Twins minor league Player of the Week June 27 after allowing one run and one walk in 8.0 innings pitched while striking out 11 June 25 vs. Altoona...named Eastern League Midseason All-Star...placed on 7-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis July 20; reinstated August 9...named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Month in August, going 3-0, 0.64 ERA (28.0 IP, 2 ER) in five starts...held left-handed batters to a .217 (31-for-143) batting average and right-handers to a .285 (119-for-417) average...led the Rock Cats in innings pitched (145.0), wins (11), strikeouts (113) and was second in starts (24)...tied for third in the Eastern League in wins, fifth in strikeouts, sixth in innings pitched and ERA (3.29)...pitched for Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, going 0-0, 1.59 ERA (5.2 IP, 1 ER) in three games (2 starts)...named 15th best prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2015.
Started season with Single-A Cedar Rapids where he made three starts before being transferred to Single-A Ft. Myers to finish the season... named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 31, tossing 7.0 shutout innings in a win vs. Bradenton...placed on 7-day disabled list with left groin strain July 4; reinstated July 11...pitched first career complete game shutout July 18 at Dunedin, allowing one hit (2-out double in the sixth), eight strikeouts and two walks in 9.0 innings; named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week following that outing...named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Month in August, going 2-1, 0.89 ERA (40.1 IP, 4 ER) with 32 strikeouts in six starts...led Florida State League in complete games (3), tied for first in shutouts (2), second in ERA (2.55), second in fewest baserunners-per-9.0 innings, and third in wins (11)...named Florida State League Postseason All-Star...ranked 19th best prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2014.
Began first professional season with Rookie Elizabethton...spent second half of season with Single-A Beloit...combined to go 4-3, 2.27 ERA (63.1 IP, 16 ER) with 17 walks and 74 strikeouts in 15 games (10 starts) at both levels combined.