ranks Tigers’ Rogers 5th-best catching prospect

The Detroit News

In James McCann, the Detroit Tigers have a 27-year-old catcher coming off his best offensive season who they signed to a one-year deal last week.

And, there appears to be plenty of help coming up behind him.

The Tigers drafted a pair of catchers last summer in former Washington backstop Joey Morgan (third round) and 19-year-old Sam McMillan (fifth round). They already rank among the organization’s better prospects, with McMillan checking in at No. 16 and Morgan at No. 19 in’s top 30 Tigers prospects.

The best of the bunch, however, appears to be Jake Rogers, who on Thursday was ranked the fifth-best catching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Rogers was one of three prospects the Tigers acquired from the Houston Astros in the Justin Verlander trade — a deal that also netted Detroit its top prospect in right-hander Franklin Perez, as well as outfielder Daz Cameron.

Rogers is the minors’ best defensive catcher,’s Jim Callis writes. On Sunday, Callis named Rogers to’s All-Defense team.

“ ... Rogers is truly special (defensively),” Callis writes. “ ... He’s extremely athletic and agile and has exceptionally soft hands. His quick transfer and impressive accuracy help him play above his solid arm strength, as he eliminated 46 percent of basestealers in 2017.”

Rogers, 22, hit .261 with an .817 OPS, with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs over three minor-league stops at the Class A level last season.