Monday, November 3, 2014

Hannah Rogers Signs w/ USSSA Pride

UPDATE 11/5: The deal is for two years, as noted in a press release by the Pride today.

Former Florida Gators championship-winning pitcher Hannah Rogers announced on social media over the weekend that she has signed a contract to pitch professionally in the NPF.
Cred: Philip Belfield/Facebook

Rogers made the announcement on Twitter & Instagram, which was followed by a tweet of confirmation by her new team. Basic terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rogers led the Gators to the 2014 Women's College World Series championship and took home the World Series Most Outstanding Player honor along the way. She added her third all-American honor to her senior-season trophy case and was a Senior CLASS award finalist and a member of the conference's academic honor roll.

Slightly surprisingly, giving her talent level, Rogers went undrafted in the 2014 NPF draft. Eight pitchers were drafted and five more were signed as undrafted free agents, but Rogers was not in either group. In the tiny two-member Gator '14 senior class, Rogers is actually the latter of the two to be signed, as her fellow graduate Stephanie Tofft also spent the summer with the Akron Racers.

Rogers holds a career 1.63 ERA and .198 opponent's batting average at UF, and ended her career with an almost 3/1 strikeout/walk ratio. She and Tofft will be the only two Gators in the league next season.

Rogers will take the roster spot on the Pride that was vacated by the retirement of Danielle Lawrie; the signing moves the Pride back to seven pitchers on their roster. It does present an almost can't-lose prospect for the Pride, however as, though their top two starter's positions are filled thanks to Cat Osterman and Keilani Ricketts, every in-circle position beneath those on the depth chart are wide open for competition going into next season. Rogers, Chelsea Thomas, Jordan Taylor, Blaire Luna, and Olivia Galati (assuming all return to the squad) could all compete for the final starter's spot(s) and positions in the bullpen.

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