RANGERS BUY CONTRACT OF 1B-TURNED-RHP ROGERS

RANGERS BUY CONTRACT OF 1B-TURNED-RHP ROGERS

Courtesy Winnipeg Goldeyes Media Relations

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Winnipeg Goldeyes announced on Friday that the contract of first baseman Jacob Rogers has been purchased by the Texas Rangers’ organization.

After playing first base for the majority of his five-year professional career, Rogers will convert into a righthanded pitcher.

Rogers was a key contributor to the Goldeyes’ league-leading offense last summer.  The Clearwater, Fla., native hit .275 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 82 games played.  Rogers tied for fifth in the American Association with 56 walks and ranked ninth with a .407 on-base percentage.

The 27-year-old Rogers was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a 40th-round pick out of Mount Olive College (Mount Olive, N.C.) in 2012.  Rogers is a lifetime .271 hitter with a .381 on-base percentage, and reached the Double-A level with the Cubs’ organization in 2015.

Rogers is the second Goldeye to have his contract purchased this off-season and the 68th in franchise history.