August 28, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks announced Thursday that they have signed a former top prospect of the Oakland Athletics.
The RiverHawks signed pitcher Mike Rogers to fill a roster vacancy. Rogers, a 25-year-old veteran, was the A’s second-round pick in the 2004 draft.
The right-hander has averaged nearly a strikeout an inning in his five-year professional career and has two 100-strikeout seasons. He pitched at four stops in the Oakland organization, including Class AA Midland in the Texas League. Rogers was 22-24 with a 5.93 ERA and 343 strikeouts in 96 games over four years with the Oakland organization.
Rogers pitched for the Sussex Skyhawks of the independent Can-Am League earlier this season. He was 0-4 with an 8.92 ERA in nine appearances, eight as a starter. He was released on July 14.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 16th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.