Photos Provided: Rogers has all the tools to become what is known as a “5 tool player in baseball.  The five tools include speed, arm strength, fielding ability, and hitting for average and power.
Photos Provided: Rogers has all the tools to become what is known as a “5 tool player in baseball. The five tools include speed, arm strength, fielding ability, and hitting for average and power.

CARTERSVILLE, GA – For those die-hard baseball fanatics out there, you know that the sport of baseball has become a year-round sport (like with most sports now). With summer travel ball being as popular as ever, more and more kids are getting to sharpen their talents for when the spring rolls around each year. 

There are also thousands of camps, and showcase events held around the country that allow players to showcase their skills. For JD Rogers who will be entering his junior season with the Carmel Greyhound baseball team, he is getting that very chance to show off his skills at the Prep BaseballReports (PBR) Future Games which is taking place at the LakePoint Sporting Community in Cartersville, GA. 

The Future Games is currently taking place from July 31-August 3. Over 200 college coaches are expected to be in attendance as they watch some the class of 2021 and 2022. 

Rogers already has made an impression as he was listed by Shooter Hunt of PBR as one of the 21 day one standouts. Hunt writes the following about Rogers: 

“Rogers looked the part of a future top-of-the-order center fielder at the next level throughout the workout day. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound left-hander was excellent in all aspects of the game as he ran a 6.59 60-yard dash before producing accurate throws up to 90mph from the outfield, and lacing line drives to all fields from the left side at the plate. His balanced approach offensively stood out, as did his quick hands and ability to have cover the whole plate with lag in the zone. The high-waisted, twitchy-athlete is definitely a player that coaches will want to take notice of throughout the weekend.

Head coach for the Greyhounds Matt Buczkowski talked about Rogers and what he has seen out of him during his first two years with the team. 

“JD is a guy that really stood out during our middle school camps a few years ago,” he said. “He is a very good runner on the base paths. He has really good tools and intangibles across the board. He is a team first type of guy and just a super kid to be around.” 

As good as a player as Rogers is off the field, Buczkowski explains how he is an even better play off the diamond. 

“Just the way he treats people is phenomenal,” he said. “He could go 0-3 at the plate and have an error in the field, but say one of his teammates his a home run, he will be absolutely ecstatic for them. He lives by the golden rule and his work ethic is off the charts. He is always wanting to get better.” 

Rogers is getting to work with and see some of the best young athletes in the country. He himself is a two-sport athlete as well as being an impact player for the baseball team, he is also a member of the Greyhound football team. 

One of the biggest takeaways from this camp according to Buczkowski will be a huge boost to Rogers’s confidence as he explains. 

“He knows that by getting invited to participate in this camp that he is one of the best young players in the country,” Buczkowski said. “It’s going to give him a big bolster to his confidence level for this upcoming season.” 

Still having two more years of high school left to go, there are some things that Rogers can improve upon. Buczkowski mentions a few aspects of his game that he thinks we will see Rogers improve in over the course of the next two years.

“I think the biggest area he will improve at is his leadership with the team,” he said. “Also his ability to understand how pitchers will attack his weaknesses and learn to turn those weaknesses into strengths will be a big part of his development. He started last season asking better questions to the coaching staff so that right there shows you his willingness to get better. The jumps he gets on fly balls in the outfield has improved dramatically over the past two seasons. He is going to be a handful for opposing teams and players these next two years.” 

If he keeps up this level of play and improvement, we could very well see Rogers join some of current and former teammates to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. Recent graduate Zach Vogt will continue his career at Spalding University, while Senior Christian Williams just committed last week to continue his baseball career at Michigan State.