Rojas will start at second base and bat sixth Sunday against the Dodgers.
Rojas will crack the starting nine for a third straight game for the Angels, who recently opened up two spots in the everyday lineup by designating Albert Pujols for assignment and by placing Anthony Rendon (knee) on the injured list. Additionally, Jose Iglesias (back) is now day-to-day, which will allow Rojas to step in at second base while David Fletcher shifts over to Iglesias' usual post at shortstop.
Rojas went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a strikeout in Saturday's 14-11 loss to the Dodgers.
It took 54 big-league at-bats for Rojas to smash his first homer and it brought the Halos back to within three in a game they trailed 13-0. He's been an average reserve thus far, but with Anthony Rendon (knee) back on the IL, Rojas has been getting consistent work at third base.
Rojas is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rays.
Rojas is expected to see an increase in playing time in the absence of Anthony Rendon (groin) and did draw the start there Wednesday. However, Phil Gosselin will start at third base and hit ninth Thursday in his place.
Rojas went 1-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to Kansas City.
After going 17 at-bats without a base knock, Rojas doubled to lead off the ninth inning for his first major-league hit. The rookie thus became only the 13th player in MLB history who was drafted and signed in the 36th round to notch a big-league hit, per Taylor Blake Ward of Locked On Angels. Rojas has seen his opportunities grow with Anthony Rendon (groin) on the injured list.
Rojas has been informed that he'll make the Angels' Opening Day roster, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Rojas' chances of beginning the season in the majors improved when the Angels optioned Luis Rengifo on Wednesday, and manager Joe Maddon confirmed Saturday that Rojas will be on the team's Opening Day roster. Rojas will serve as a backup in the infield while Franklin Barreto (elbow) is sidelined, and he'll make his major-league debut once he appears in a regular season game.
Rojas' chances of breaking camp with the Angels appear high after the team optioned infielder Luis Rengifo on Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The move to option Rengifo is a surprise, as he was considered a safe bet to land one of the Angels' final roster spots. Franklin Barreto, who was initially considered Rengifo's primary competition for a utility role, is out 4-to-6 weeks with an elbow injury, opening the door for Rojas to claim a spot on the Opening Day roster. Rojas has impressed this spring with a .321/.487/.607 slash line, two home runs, six RBI and a 10:4 BB:K.
Rojas will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster.
Rojas has yet to see MLB action and isn't on the 40-man roster, but had an impressive season at the Triple-A ranks last year, posting a .938 OPS with 31 homers and 107 RBI. While his primary position of third base is locked up by Anthony Rendon, Rojas actually saw most of his games at second base last season, and even appeared in the outfield and at first base. That versatility could help his chances of sticking around when rosters shrink.
Rojas could get his first opportunity in the majors if a 2020 season takes place with expanded rosters, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Despite a strong 2019 season at Triple-A in which he slashed .293/.362/.577 with 31 home runs and 107 RBI, Rojas was not selected for a September callup and was not expected to make the big-league roster to begin the 2020 campaign. That could change with expanded rosters as Rojas could provide depth at third base and off the bench. The 27-year-old notched four hits, including a double, in 20 Cactus League at-bats.
Rojas won't be called up to the Angels this season, Maria Torres of The Los Angeles Times reports.
Rojas put together a fantastic season with Triple-A Salt Lake, leading the Pacific Coast League with 107 RBI while clubbing 31 homers and 39 doubles and batting .293. An Anaheim native, Rojas was looked at as a potential feel-good September callup as a local product who was a 36th-round draft pick. He will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft in the offseason, so the organization must decide whether to add him to the 40-man roster or expose him to other clubs.
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|05/12||@ HOU||L 1-9||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/11||@ HOU||L 1-5||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/10||@ HOU||W 5-4||4||1||1||0||0||1||1|
|05/09||vs LAD||W 2-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||vs LAD||L 11-14||4||1||1||1||3||0||0|
|05/07||vs LAD||W 9-2||3||2||1||0||1||0||0|
|05/05||vs TB||L 1-3||4||1||2||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||79||317||44||101||20||5||7||50||17||64||4||8||.319||.355||.479|
|2018||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||19||69||10||15||3||0||0||6||2||13||1||0||.217||.233||.261|
|2019||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||126||515||101||151||39||7||31||107||58||131||4||4||.293||.362||.577|