Minnesota Twins actual twin celebrates his birthday

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Taylor Rogers
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Taylor Rogers /

The Minnesota Twins have two players in their organization who are actual twins. One celebrates his birthday today!

The Minnesota Twins have had a number of actual twins in the Minnesota Twins organization history. One of the current twins in the Twins organization is celebrating his birthday.

Currently, the Minnesota Twins have two players who are also a twin. Minor league lefty from Australia Lachlan Wells has a twin brother who pitches in the minor league system for the Baltimore Orioles, Alex Wells. Our birthday boy today is at the major league level, however.

Taylor Rogers

Rogers was the Minnesota Twins primary left-handed reliever in 2017, going 7-3 over 69 games, throwing 55 2/3 innings, with a 3.07 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and a 21/49 BB/K ratio. He had posted a 3.96 ERA over 61 1/3 innings in 2016.

Rogers has a brother, Tyler Rogers, who is in the minor league system for the San Francisco Giants. Tyler pitched in AAA in 2017, certainly making a good argument for a late season call-up that didn’t end up happening, making 55 appearances, throwing 76 innings, saving 10 games with a 2.37 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and a 28/43 BB/K ratio.

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Rogers was overused by manager Paul Molitor early in the season. As of the end of the Yankees series in mid-July, the team had played 94 games, and Rogers had appeared in 42 of those games.

At that point, Rogers had posted a 5-1 record in 37 1/3 innings, with a 1.93 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 6% walk rate, and a 17.9% strikeout rate. From that point, Rogers threw just 18 1/3 innings, allowing 5.40 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 14% walk rate, and 25.6% strikeout rate.

Rogers sits as the primary lefty in the current Twins pen for 2018, so the Twins will need to be more diligent in his usage to allow him to be effective all the way through the year.

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Happy birthday to both Taylor and Tyler, and best of luck in 2017, Taylor!