Carlos Rojas, infielder
Who is he?
A good-field, no-hit shortstop. He seems to be overmatched by, well, professional pitching. His highest single-season OPS in the minor leagues is .652, with a career OPS of .555. He came up in the Cubs’ organization, and if he were still in the Cubs’ organization he’d have been converted to a pitcher.
In the late 1960′s, there were a number of major-league shortstops whose offensive contributions were a .220 batting average and one home run a month. Defensively, they weren’t athletic but had a strong throwing arm and were reliable. Think Luis Aparicio without the range and the speed. Dal Maxvill may have been the most memorable of the group; Ed Brinkman the best; others included Bobby Wine, Hal Lanier, and Ray Oyler. When artificial turf came into the game, these guys lost their jobs because they weren’t quick enough for turf. Carlos Rojas is in that class; he is a reliable shortstop with a strong throwing arm and an absolute zero as an offensive player. He’s a AA player.