Philadelphia Phillies rookie Johan Rojas is set to make his MLB debut after being promoted by the club. Although the callup unfortunately comes following an injury to outfielder Cristian Pache, he will have the opportunity to prove what he can do at the MLB level.
The 22-year-old from San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, is expected to replace the short side of a squad with center midfielder Brandon Marsh. Johan Rojas is likely to make his MLB debut this weekend when the Philadelphia Phillies resume their regular season against the San Diego Padres.
“According to my source: #Philadelphia #Phillies prospect Johan Rojas A 22-year-old outfielder who hits .308 with 9 HR, 45 RBI and 30 stolen bases from #Readingfightin AA is called up to the Majors #MLB #Licey” – @mikedeportes
Rojas joined the Phillies as part of their 2017 international signing class, rising through the ranks of the club’s prospects. He entered the 2020 season as the No. 11 prospect in the Phillies organization, remaining in the top 10 ever since.
Speed is perhaps its number one attribute and it’s something the Philadelphia Phillies hope it will provide for programming. In his 430 games at various minor league levels, the dynamic young outfielder recorded 159 stolen bases.
“From Reading to The Show. Congratulations to Johan Rojas on his call to the Philadelphia Phillies!” – @ReadingFightins
Although his speed and defense are his main strengths, Rojas has been solid at the plate this season with Double-A Reading. In 76 games this season at the Double-A level, Rojas has produced a dazzling .306 batting average with nine home runs and 45 RBIs. He’s also recorded 30 stolen bases this season, which isn’t surprising given his record.
Growing injury toll for Philadelphia Phillies is reason for Johan Rojas’ promotion
While it may have only been a matter of time before Johan Rojas was promoted to MLB, the deepfielder’s recent injury Christian Pache, who was retroactively placed on the IL with right elbow irritation, is concerning. Although Pache only played a rotational role for the Phillies, he is just another sidelined player during the club’s injury-plagued 2023 season.
Heading into the 2023 regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies were without two of the most notable superstars: Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins. Harper, who has since returned to the roster, was recovering from Tommy John Surgery, while Hoskins will be out of the roster for the entire season with a torn ACL.