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Carlsbad's star pitcher getting lots of attention

J.P. Murrieta
April 19, 2017 07:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- He's 6-6, left-handed, throws in the low 90s and is projected to be a first-round pick in the draft this summer.

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Scouts and their radar guns follow Carlsbad's Trevor Rogers every time he takes the mound. It's something Rogers and his coaches had to deal with since last summer when the attention really heated up.

"I'm not going to lie and say it's not overwhelming, it's crazy but it's exciting for our program, our community and for Trevor." Carlsbad head coach Cody May said.

"It was a little nerve-wracking, but I'm starting to get used to it," Rogers added. "I'm playing for this team and trying to get back to the state championship. That's my goal right now and the rest will take care of itself."

Rogers has 88 strikeouts in 40 innings so far this season, and his earned-run average is under 1.

"I've definitely improved a lot as a pitcher through the years," he said. "I was a thrower trying to blow my fastball by people but I've definitely learned to command my off-speed pitches and learn how to be a better pitcher."

All the attention is tough to ignore, but the senior does his best to focus on baseball.

"It's tough, but I have a good support system behind me and I don't let it bother me too much because you never know what could happen come June," he said.

Rogers committed to Texas Tech but if all goes according to plan, he could be the state's first prep pitcher to go in the first round since Farmington's Duane Ward in 1982.

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