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2023 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #33, Josh Rojas

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Overview

  • Rating: 4.52
  • 2023 stats: With Arizona: 59 games, 216 PAs, 13 doubles, no homer runs or triples, 26 RBI and 6-0 in SB attempts. He slashed .228/.292/.296 with an OPS of .589 and OPS+ of 62. He had 51 Ks, to 18 walks.

With Seattle: 36 fames, 134 PAs, 4 home runs and double, no triples, 14 RBI and 6-0 in SB attempts. He slashed .272/.321/.400 with an OPS of .721 and OPS+ of 103. He had 30 Ks, to 9 walks.

  • Date of birth: June 30th, 1994
  • 2023 salary: 1 yr, $2.575M
  • 2024 status: 1st-Year Arb Eligible

2023 in review

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Last year (2022) Rojas had a much better season than he did this past year. In fact, he was #10 in our 2022 player review countdown with a rating of 6.65. He had 20 votes that were 7s. I am going to post the link to Rojas’ player review from last year because I think Ben did a very good job of explaining Rojas’ time in the minor leagues and Houston.
https://www.azsnakepit.com/2022/12/27/23527657/2022-arizona-diamondbacks-reviews-10-josh-rojas

He was also the Snakepit Unsung Hero of the Year for the 2021 season....take that with a grain of salt...

In the month of April Rojas appeared in 23 games and got 96 PAs. He only had 8 extra base hits, all doubles, to go along with 16 RBI. He walked 6 times, and struck out 19. He slashed .287/.326/.379 with an OPS of .706. He had a very good stretch in 5 games from April 4th-10th, in which he went 11-20, hit 3 doubles and drove in 5 runs. Of those hits, 7 were against the Dodgers. If you take out that stretch, he only batted .208 for the month. He did have another 3 hit game against the Brewers on the 12th.

In May, he was pretty bad, slashing .169/.267/.231 OPS of .498. Four doubles, 6 RBI, walking 8 times to 22 strikeouts.

His final 14 games for us, he only had 1 extra base hit, a double along with 4 RBI. He struck out 10 times and walked 4 and was .189/.262/.216 OPS .478.

June 19th he was optioned to Reno and called up again on July 29th, a few days before the Sewald trade.

Reno Aces’ Josh Rojas, the ultimate grinder, trying to grind back to big leagues

As he fights to help Arizona win a World Series ring,

https://nevadasportsnet.com/news/reporters/reno-aces-josh-rojas-the-ultimate-grinder-trying-to-grind-back-to-big-leagues

Oh, the irony in that statement...

On July 31st, he was traded to the Mariners along with Ryan Bliss and Dominic Canzone for Paul Sewald. He did not register his first hit for the Mariners until his 5th game, which began a pretty good stretch. In the 13 games that followed, he hit 3 HRs and drove in 10, with 11-3 strikeout/walks. He slashed .383/.420/.617 OPS 1.0373.

From August 29th, through the rest of the season he played in 29 games and hit another homer and drove in 4, struck out 16 times and walked 6 times. This stretch he slashed .246/.310/.323 OPS .633.

Here is a youtube I found of Rojas’ 2023 highlights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA-zw-XaRjQ

In the field, he was part of 26 double plays, and committed 8 errors. He appeared in all but one game at 2B for the Mariners and for us he pitched, played the OF and 2B/3B.

Just for the heck of it, Rojas pitched in two games for us this season. June 13th against Philadelphia where he gave up 4 ERs and June 18th against the Guardians where he threw an inning and stuck out Bo Naylor.