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Rogers Dreams of Middle Relief

Rogers has spent '06 in Erie

Brian Rogers never appeared to be a top prospect in the organization, without a high 90's fastball, a dominating curve or miniscule ERA, Rogers was often overlooked. Rogers is changing that view in 2006 though, and he talked with Erie Correspondent Sam Ginsburg about his transition to the 'pen, his success, and where he's headed.

Growing up a pitcher from Atlanta, Brian Rogers used to idolize John Smoltz, the long-time Braves ace who has asserted his dominance on the mound as both a starter and a closer. But Brian is pushing for a very un-Smoltz-like career, one without time in the spotlight, without throwing a game's first pitch or being called on in the ninth to pick up a save. Rogers' goal is to become a successful set...

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