MIGUEL Elias ROJAS
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   SS-2B
Home: N/A Team:   MARLINS
Height: 5' 11" Bats:   R
Weight: 195 Throws:   R
DOB: 2/24/1989 Agent: Beverly Hills
Uniform #: 19  
Birth City: Municipio Guaicapuro, Venez.
Draft: 2005 - Reds - Free agent
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2006 DSL DSL-Reds   58 157 21                       .178
2007 DSL VSL and DSL-Red                                
2008 PIO BILLINGS   61 208 27 38 8 1 1 21 3 1 14 35 .248 .245 .183
2009 MWL DAYTON   130 469 50 128 16 3 3 49 14 8 35 44 .326 .339 .273
2010 AZL AZL-Reds   1 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .750 .750 .750
2010 SL CAROLINA   7 27 1 6 0 0 0 4 1 1 2 4 .276 .222 .222
2010 CAR LYNCHBURG   74 244 28 56 3 2 1 14 13 4 11 38 .271 .270 .230
2011 AZL AZL-Reds   6 17 6 8 3 0 0 6 4 1 6 1 .640 .647 .471
2011 SL CAROLINA   68 239 26 62 6 0 0 24 11 7 16 39 .302 .285 .259
2012 IL LOUISVILLE   44 129 9 24 3 0 1 7 0 0 7 16 .226 .233 .186
2012 SL PENSACOLA   58 143 14 30 1 0 0 10 2 3 16 17 .294 .217 .210
2013 SL CHATTANOOGA   130 420 45 98 12 2 5 32 10 4 40 49 .303 .307 .233
2014 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   51 159 27 48 9 0 4 13 7 3 10 21 .353 .434 .302
2014 NL DODGERS   85 149 16 27 3 0 1 9 0 0 10 28 .242 .221 .181
2015 NL MARLINS   60 142 13 40 7 1 1 17 0 1 11 16 .329 .366 .282
2015 PCL NEW ORLEANS   65 249 32 75 15 4 3 23 2 5 13 26 .343 .430 .301
2016 NL MARLINS $511.00 123 194 27 48 12 0 1 14 2 1 11 27 .288 .325 .247
2017 SL JACKSONVILLE   2 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .143 .143
2017 FSL JUPITER   8 26 3 8 2 0 0 2 0 1 3 1 .400 .385 .308
2017 NL MARLINS $535.00 90 272 37 79 16 2 1 26 2 1 27 32 .361 .375 .290
2018 NL MARLINS $1,180.00 153 488 44 123 13 0 11 53 6 3 24 69 .297 .346 .252
2019 PCL NEW ORLEANS   3 11 1 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 .417 .727 .364
2019 FSL JUPITER   2 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .286 .143
2019 NL MARLINS $3,155.00 132 483 52 137 29 1 5 46 9 5 32 62 .331 .379 .284
2020 NL MARLINS $1,759.00 40 125 20 38 10 1 4 20 5 1 16 18 .392 .496 .304
2021 NL MARLINS   132 495 66 131 30 3 9 48 13 3 37 74 .322 .392 .265
Personal
  • In 2005, Rojas signed with the Reds (see Transactions below).

  • In 2010, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Miguel as the 17th-best prospect in the Reds organization.

  • Rojas is a very hard worker. And he is a leader on the field. He’s the one who can trot to the mound to calm down a top pitching prospect such as Nick Neidert after a spring training start (2019) begins to unravel in the first inning.

    He even helped organized a clubhouse ping-pong tournament to build camaraderie during downtime as the Marlins hit the spring. That one might be working to Rojas’ advantage, though, considering he played ping-pong most of his life.

    “He’s a good teammate,” third baseman Brian Anderson said. “He’s always out there talking and helping other guys out. It’s good to have a guy like that next to you.”.

  • Miguel Rojas had just graduated from high school in Venezuela when he approached his parents about his future.

    Rojas made it clear that he wanted to play baseball. Scouts were showing interest. Rojas felt he could make it at the professional level. He just needed the opportunity to show what he could do.

    The 16-year-old’s plea: Give me one year. Give me a chance to live out my dream and see if a contract comes out of it.

    The plan easily could have backfired. In 12 months, if he didn’t have a contract, he very well might have given up the sport. (Jordan McPherson - Miami Herald - March 20, 2019)

  • Having his mother, Norma, who lives in Venezuela, with him Mother's Day weekend 2019 in New York is the biggest Mother’s Day gift Rojas could imagine.

    A two-time breast cancer survivor, Norma, now cancer free, remains her son’s biggest fan. A doctor, Norma, took her son everywhere to put him in position to be a ballplayer.

    “It means everything, [to have her here today]” said Miguel. “It's like the gratification of everything she did when I was younger, helping me live this dream. I feel the dream for me, and my whole family, was for me to play in the big leagues. It wasn't just for me to say, 'Oh, what's your goal, what's your dream—to be in the big leagues?' It was more than that. It was like the whole family's dream was for me to play in the big leagues. And, of course, by now she has seen me pitch.”  (Frisaro - mlb.com - 5/12/19)

  • July 16, 2019: Rojas received the MLB Players Alumni Association "Heart and Hustle" award for the Marlins. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. 

  • April 17, 2020: The Venezuela native is a natural leader, who has embraced being a veteran on a youthful Marlins squad. Rojas is accountable, and to the media, he is self-critical and speaks up when his club isn't meeting expectations. Rojas speaks Spanish and English fluently, and he is the top trash-talker on the Marlins, yet he's all business when it's time to play. He represents his organization and MLB at the highest level, and he is the unofficial captain of the Marlins. (Joe Frisaro - MLB.com - April 17, 2020)

  • April 29, 2020: By his own admission, Rojas is the biggest trash-talker on the Marlins. Most of his chirping is directed at his teammates, with Rojas saying most of his smack talk is centered around fantasy football, the training room or Ping Pong.

    “It’s definitely me," Rojas said. "I’m always trash-talking to the boys on my team, but sometimes I use that as motivation for a lot of them. A lot of young guys need confidence in themselves.”

  • An avid basketball and Michael Jordan fan, Rojas also happens to have an expensive sneaker collection, which is largely filled with Nike's Air Jordan kicks. Rojas started his collection in 2013, and since then, he has accumulated more than 120 pairs of sneakers. He estimates between 60-80 pairs are from the Air Jordan brand.

    “I really connected with Jordan and what Jordan did for the game of basketball,” Rojas said. “I think he was the best player to ever play the game.”

    A native of Venezuela, Rojas has long been a basketball fan. Aside from baseball, it is his favorite sport. As a child, he envisioned playing in the NBA, but instead, his baseball career took off. (Joe Frisaro - May 5, 2020)

  • May 9, 2020: Miguel on his mom, Norma, on Mothers Day:

    Miguel’s mother, Norma, is a doctor in Venezuela. Growing up, Norma was usually working when Miguel was playing baseball, and his grandmother regularly took him to practices and games. Norma first saw Miguel play in the big leagues in late May 2017. She was in the United States for her birthday, which is May 28.

    “It was at Marlins Park,” Rojas said. “It was pretty special. It was the first time she was in the United States watching me play in the big leagues. For me, I was really excited. But at the same time, I felt the pressure that I needed to do something for her. I remember the first couple of games she was here, I didn't do so well in the games. I was putting pressure on myself because I wanted to do good. We had a conversation after one of the games. I was kind of upset because I wasn't playing good baseball at the time. I was putting too much pressure on myself, and she could feel that. She said, 'You know what? I don't need for you to show me what you can do. I know what you can do. Just go out there and play for joy, and have fun.'"

    It’s advice that has helped motivate him.  –Joe Frisaro

  • Dec 16, 2020: Sporting a mask, Miguel provided service with a smile for families in need at Marlins Park.

    At an annual food distribution, the Marlins shortstop placed bags of food in the backs of cars while wishing all a “happy holidays.”

    “I think, especially this year, when we dealt with a lot of uncertainties and things that kept the community kind of away from us, we continue to do stuff like this,” Rojas said. “We continue to show up, and we’re telling them that they’re part of our organization. They’re a big part of what we’re trying to do, which is building an organization that cares about people, not just on the field, but off the field as well.”

    A Venezuelan native, Rojas makes South Florida his year-round home. The veteran has become the Marlins’ unofficial team captain, and he prides himself in leading by example. (J Frisaro - MLB.com - Dec 16, 2020)

  •  2020 Season:  20 R, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 5 SB, .304/.392/.496 

    One of the biggest individual surprises in baseball in 2020 was the elevated play of Rojas. Prior to the year, Rojas was viewed as a slick-fielding shortstop without much upside in the bat. While his offensive performance last season was quite outstanding considering the track record, not much of it looks all that legit. There are some bright spots including career-highs in launch angle and hard-hit rate. But his 0.9% barrel rate is probably the biggest hurdle in the way of him repeating or coming close to his offensive output from 2020.  (Matt Wallach - Jan. 20, 2021)

  • Miguel wore cleats gifted to him earlier in the weekend by Mets righthander Marcus Stroman, whose SHUGO brand intends on selling them in 2022.  Stroman, who retired Rojas all three times they faced each other on May 21, left a personal message and autograph on the shoes.  "To Miggy. Keep climbing through all adversity!"  (De Nicola - mlb.com - 5/23/2021)

  • 2021 Season: Holding a team option for the 2022 season, it makes sense for Rojas to return for year eight with the Marlins after slashing .265/.322/.392 a year ago. However, with multiple top shortstops available in free agency, don’t be surprised if one ends-up with the Marlins next season, moving Rojas to a bench role.  (Matt Melton - Oct. 21, 2021)

  •  Feb. 2022: Posting a written message in both English and Spanish and a brief video with his son, Aarón, Miguel Rojas announced Wednesday night on Instagram that he will switch uniform numbers this season, from No. 19 to No. 11. The English version below has been lightly edited for clarity:

    It has been (a) hard and different start of the year so far for me and my whole family. Losing my Grandpa and mom during the same week made me think about all the amazing memories I have with them while I was growing up, (especially because) a lot of them were in a baseball field. This off season I spend a lot of time back home in Venezuela where this family dream started, I got to sit and look back (at) everything that I had to overcome to be who I’m right now. That’s why today I’m telling all my fans that I will be honoring my grandpa this season and I’ll change my number to number 11, a number that my superhero “Rafael” got to coach me when I took my first steps and got (in love) with the game of Baseball ❤️  (Ely Sussman@RealEly  Feb 3, 2022)

  • Sept 21, 2022: Music, like baseball, runs in Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas' family. Though his late mother, Norma Naidenoff, was a pediatrician, she held a strong passion for singing. Rojas' younger sister, Noelia Naidenoff, wanted to follow in their mom's footsteps and study medicine but couldn't make it. So when Rojas paid for Norma's recording sessions in 2018, Noelia joined her mother in the studio as she finished an album. The producer noticed Noelia's interest and told her about courses in the music business, setting in motion a new path in life.

    Noelia met Andrés Urbina, also known as the producer TANATOX, six years ago at a school in Caracas, Venezuela. Andrés then introduced Carlos Aponte, his longtime friend and artist Cpro. The trio quickly formed a bond, with Andrés and Carlos taking Noelia under their wing in what can be a tough industry for women. She quickly saw that Andrés and Carlos were creating amazing music but had no order, so she put the music engineering aspect of her journey aside to become their manager. This past February, one month after Norma's passing from breast cancer, Noelia, Carlos and Andrés came to the United States with aspirations of beginning a record label. They began mulling options, then decided to pitch the project to Rojas, who asked his sister what he could do. Rojas felt offering financial support to sustain the concept could be his way of helping, just like when the Reds gave his 16-year-old self a chance at professional baseball with a contract.

    "This was just meant for me to give her an opportunity to actually work on music, especially after what my mom did with her own record that she produced with my sister," Rojas said.

    "So my sister did an incredible job with that. I think it came out really well, and I feel like I just wanted to give my sister an opportunity to have something in life so she can work on her dreams."Thus, the MR Music Label LLC, came to be. Its name pays homage to Rojas' initials.

  • It's not an outlandish endeavor for Rojas, who appeared in the music video for "Súbelo" by Anuel AA, Myke Towers & Jhay Cortez last November, 2021. Over the years, he has gotten close to artists thanks to relationships made through baseball. Rojas intends to ask for professional advice -- and perhaps even work together in the future. Over the offseason, Rojas is willing to learn in his free time and sees this as a possible post-playing career avenue. But rest assured -- he will not be pulling a José Reyes or Yoán Moncada and going behind the mic.

    MR Music Label will be based both in Miami and Venezuela, where recordings take place at LADOSI. On visits to Miami, there will be a place for studio time. Rojas calls the trio young and hungry, and he hopes to see it book some local shows before expanding to other Latin American countries. "I don't see it as a job or work," Noelia said via interpreter Daniel Álvarez. "It's just something that I enjoy, and I like waking up everyday and going on the group chat and say, 'What are we going to do today? Do we have any plans? What's up for today? For me and Miggy, it's also about continuing Norma's legacy and what she started, what she did by singing. We feel it's something that we owe to her to continue with that legacy.

    "We've had many labels for our whole life -- not only being brother but also best friend. More like a father figure to me. But no matter what label they put on us, we're always going to be siblings, and it's always going to be in our blood. So it's just incredible to work with him, and it's very, very special."

  • Part of what made Rojas believe in the project was TANATOX's production talent. The label won't pigeonhole artists, though it will gravitate toward the genres of reggaeton, trap and slow hip-hop. Rojas also was confident because of Cpro's songwriting ability.

    While Cpro is MR Music Label's only arist at the moment, the goal is to discover and elevate new Venezuelan artists. Many like Cpro previously self-released albums and posted content on YouTube. MR Music Label intends to provide a bigger platform, with Rojas equating the possibility to reaching the big leagues of music.

    "You're going to be like a scout out there," Rojas said. "You're going to be scouting talent, and you will see people that you like their music and they probably don't have an agent or they have an agent but they're not OK with. You go and get some more artists, and that's my goal. My goal is to create a really good relationship like I have in baseball, but on the music side, and hopefully we can actually bring some more talent to our label."

    The debut single, "Todo Va a Estar Bien" (Everything will be fine) was purposely chosen because of the tough times Aponte and Noelia have dealt with. The music video revolves around family, and the idea of not worrying too much and enjoying the little moments. They want listeners to fall for the personal and relatable story behind the lyrics.

  • "It was a priority because we've dealt with anxiety issues and mental health issues, and to start making a huge impact by releasing the song with this message knowing that many people out there are having those issues as well and maybe they don't speak out about it," Aponte said via interpreter Daniel Álvarez. "But they've reached out to us saying, 'I identify with this song.' It was something very important for us to start making that impact with the song. Of course, we're going to have songs about many other topics."

    "WAYTA" (What Are You Talking About), their follow-up single with Akapellah, Gona and Deokhan, falls more in line with radio-friendly and club fare. It showcases the versatility the label wants to display. By collaborating with Akapellah, who has a big fan following, the trio aims to get the word out about the label's mission and sound through social media platforms. Rather than buy followers, MR Music Label wants the marketing to organically happen. There is not much more powerful than music. For Urbina, a day without music is a lost day. A world without music is empty. His favorite thing to do is wake up, open his laptop and see what he can create. Aponte aspires for the label to get big so it can serve as an example of what can be accomplished by other young people in Venezuela with similar passion.

    "Despite the country situation that we all know, the music scene is getting better, and now you're seeing more artists playing in Venezuela and also believing in the Venezuelan talent and signing more Venezuelan artists, no matter the type of music that they do or how young they are," Urbina said via interpreter Daniel Álvarez. "They're believing and trusting more in the Venezuelan talent, and it's something that you can clearly see with everything. Some Venezuelan bands and artists are doing from outside the country, and it's very good to see, and it's only going to get better." (CD Nicola - MLB.com - Sept 22, 2022)

  •  2022 Season: 

    2022 Timeline
    February 2: announced change from uniform No
    . 19 to No. 11
    July 9-October 2: played 66 straight games without committing an error
    July 21: injured right wrist while running the bases
    October 5: underwent right wrist surgery
    November 22: announced change back to uniform No
    . 19
    You don’t see many 33-year-old shortstops
    . Even the most skilled and well-conditioned players are typically supplanted by younger alternatives after making that many trips around the sun.

    Not Miguel Rojas. En route to being named a 2022 National League Gold Glove award finalist, he aided the Marlins’ run prevention by converting a wide variety of defensive chances.

    His throwing arm is as strong and as accurate as ever.

    His SS performance produced 10 outs above average and 15 defensive runs saved. His sporadic appearances at first base, totaling 28 innings, were also positively impactful (2 OAA and 2 DRS). Rojas told Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald that he considered 2022 to be his “best year so far in terms of defensive production,” and that’s saying something for a player at this advanced stage of his career.

    Unfortunately, Rojas’ contributions with the glove were overshadowed by his struggles at the plate. Although he ranked among MLB’s top qualified hitters in contact rate, the quality of that contact was extremely poor. Dating back to 2016, Rojas consistently made year-to-year improvement in hard-hit frequency, according to Statcast. That trend came to a halt in 2022.

    Rojas reliably raked against left-handed pitching in 2020 and 2021. However, he uncharacteristically posted slight reverse platoon splits this season. Overall, Rojas went from being a roughly average hitter in 2021 (96 wRC+) to a prototypical, bottom-of-the-order afterthought in 2022 (73 wRC+).

    He didn’t make excuses, but Rojas injured his right wrist during the first game after the All-Star break and was unable to punish mistake pitches from that point onward. He was homerless in his last 78 games played, the longest single-season drought of his career. Undergoing surgery when he initially suffered the injury would have allowed him to enjoy a “normal” offseason (the Marlins’ playoff hopes were rapidly fading by that point, anyway). Then again, it’s not as if he was preventing any deserving shortstop alternatives within the organization from getting major league reps.

    Rojas continued his side gig with Jomboy Media as a co-host of The Chris Rose Rotation. He appeared on eight episodes this year.

    On his most recent Rose Rotation appearance, Rojas said that getting healthy and “slimmer” will be his offseason priorities. Hopefully, his mental health also stands to benefit from being another year removed from the deaths of his grandfather and mother, both of whom he had close relationships with.

    A simple reversal in luck would go a long way toward facilitating a rebound in 2023. Rojas’ expected weighted on-base average of .293 was approximately the same as the year before, per Baseball Savant, but instead of overperforming it by 19 points, he underperformed by 25.  (Ely Sussman@RealEly  Nov 22, 2022)





    TRANSACTIONS

  • November 25, 2005: Rojas signed with the Reds scouts Luis Baez and Maximo Rombley, out of Venezuela.

  • November 16, 2012: Miguel signed with the Dodgers organization.

  • December 11, 2014: The Dodgers traded 2B Dee Gordon, RHP Dan Haren, SS Miguel Rojas and cash to the Marlins. In return, the Dodgers received LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Chris Hatcher, 2B Enrique Hernandez and C Austin Barnes.

  • Jan 12, 2018: Rojas and the Marlins avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

  • Jan 11, 2019: Miguel and the Marlins avoided arbitration, signing a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

  • Sept 20, 2019: The Marlins and Rojas agreed to a two-year contract extension for $10.2 million. It includes an option for 2022.

  • Oct. 27, 2021: The Marlins and Rojas have agreed to an extension that will keep him with the club through 2023. Rojas, whose $5.5 million vesting option for 2022 was activated when he reached 500 plate appearances in 2021, will make $10 million total on the deal.

  • March 16, 2022: An annual tradition inside the clubhouse every Spring Training is observing who changed his number from the previous season.

    On this day, Miguel Rojas walked in full uniform to the covered batting cages at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex wearing his No. 11 jersey for the first time for photo day. Rojas switched from No. 19 to pay tribute to his grandfather Rafael and his mother, Norma Naidenoff, who died within a week of each other in January.

    "It's a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions for me," Rojas said. "That's why I posted a little something today [on my Instagram story], because they're always going to be in my mind and in my heart. I really want to express my gratitude to my family for what they did for me, and this is something that I was thinking about for a long time. Going back to my No. 11 for one year in my career, and what happened earlier this year with my family and losing two of my biggest inspirations in life, it was kind of the breaking point for me to actually take the step and go towards that direction. "They were the ones taking me to the field and doing everything for me to be able to be in this position. I will always be grateful for what they did for me, and I just want to do a little something back for them. I know that they're watching from a better place. I just want to make my family proud." (CD Nikola - MLB.com - March 16, 2022)

Batting
  • Rojas' bat is a question mark, but his glove should get him time in the big leagues. And he wants more.

    "I am going to bring the whole game, because I am not just a defensive shortstop or a utility guy, a defensive assignment,” he said. “I worked really hard in the winter and this spring (2014) has been great for me to be around (hitting coaches) John Valentin and Mark McGwire.”

  • Miguel is showing he can make adjustments at the plate. He handles the bat well, but has very little power.

  • He makes good contact, but pitchers don't fear him enough to walk him very often.

  • 2020 Season: Rojas is the undisputed leader of the team and the glue that has kept the Marlins together in this 2020 season. The 31-year-old shortstop is in his sixth year with Miami and had a .304/.392/.496 slash line, with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 40 games.

  • 2021 Season: Rojas, who will turn 33 on Feb. 24, is Miami’s longest-tenured player and unofficial captain. In seven seasons with the Marlins, he has slashed .271/.325/.375 with 32 homers and 37 stolen bases in 730 games.

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Rojas's career Major League stats were: .266 batting average, 24 home runs with 185 RBI in 1,853 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Miguel Rojas has some outstanding hands. They were the best in the Reds' organization in 2009 and 2010.
  • Rojas has drawn comparisons to Omar Vizquel because of his superb defense. He manages to scoop and throw in one easy motion with a fluidity rarely seen.
  • Miguel's arm is just a bit below average, but that does not stop him from making all the plays.
  • The slick-gloved Rojas worked at second base a lot during 2014 Spring Training by the Dodgers. That position was somewhat up for grabs at the time.

    "They (the Dodgers) like the way I come to the park every day and play hard," Rojas said he's been told by club officials. "They compare my defense to Vizquel, who's my idol in Venezuela. I definitely want to be like him."

    Rojas said he's spent enough time with Vizquel in their native country that he appreciates the similarity in their games. He credits Vizquel for helping him "know who I am as a hitter. I don't have to hit for power, but I can help the team defensively and get on base and run the bases."

    "He told me he learned to hit lefthanded late," Rojas said. "He had to understand what kind of hitter he was. That was big advice he gave to me. Playing in Venezuela the last three winters brings my confidence up, and I think I can do it in the States."

  • Like so many of his baseball-playing countrymen, Rojas grew up idolizing Vizquel and Reds great Dave Concepcion, Venezuelan shortstops renowned for their defensive wizardry.

    "You watch him take groundballs, it’s like watching Vizquel and some guys like that take them,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Rojas in 2014. “It’s just another level.”

    "Oh my God. For me, that’s everything,” Rojas said of Mattingly’s comment. “That’s what I’ve been working for my whole career—to be a good shortstop, a special defender guy.”

  • In 2016, his first full Major League season, Rojas played 123 games—45 at second base, 41 at first base, 33 at shortstop, and 16 at third base.

  • May 2020: Who has the best glove on the Marlins? Miguel Rojas. Before becoming the Marlins' regular shortstop last year, Rojas was used in a utility role. And for the last couple of seasons, Rojas has widely been regarded as the club's best defensive player. The past few seasons, it was common to see him switch from shortstop to first base in the late innings as a defensive replacement.

    In 2019, Rojas became Miami's regular shortstop, and he ranked among the best in the NL at his position. Advanced metrics back that up. His UZR and UZR/150 were either at or near the top among all shortstops last year. UZR puts a run value on defense, attempting to quantify how many runs a player saved or gave up. And UZR/150 scales an average number of chances for a season. In 2019, Rojas had a 7.3 UZR, fourth among MLB shortstops, and his 12.8 UZR/150 mark was the best. What all this simply means is Rojas stands among the best of his peers in making the plays that should be made.  –Joe Frisaro

  • In 2020, Rojas was an NL Gold Glove Award finalist.
  • In 2021, Rojas ranked third among MLB shortstops with 10.3 Defensive Runs Above Average per FanGraphs.
Running
  • Miguel is an average runner, not a threat to steal bases very often.

  • Miguel might not have elite sprint speed; he ranks in the 42nd percentile. But that hasn't deterred him from making a difference on the basepaths in 2021.  Rojas entered August 10, 2021's game with a career-high 11 stolen bases, with just one caught stealing.

    Rojas, who had just 24 career steals before this season, credits his preparation with first-base coach Keith Johnson.  That includes identifying barely recognizable patterns—like a pitcher moving his elbow or his back knee.  Or running on certain pitches—like Joe Musgrove's breaking ball, which he turns to in specific counts.  Rojas relies on checking video, then seeing the pitcher's pickoff move or delivery from the first-base angle when he reaches.  Being a middle infielder also helps, particularly on delayed steals because the shortstop or second baseman might not be paying attention.

    "I can't really go to second if the guy's going 1.4 seconds and under because I'm not that fast," Rojas said.  "I'm going to have to get a good jump.  But if I find something that I can take a couple milliseconds before he starts his move to the plate, I think I'm going to have a good chance.  I've been able to focus on that and know who I can go against." Rojas, who is playing through a fracture in his left index finger, can only slide feet first.  With Starling Marte and Adam Duvall no longer on the team, runs have been harder to come by.  Since the start of July 2021, the Marlins have an MLB-high 27 steals.  (De Nicola - mlb.com - 8/10/2021)

Career Injury Report
  • June-Aug 2010: Rojas was on the D.L. until early in August.

  • April 2011: Miguel spent the first couple of weeks of the season on the D.L.

  • June 2-24, 2011: Rojas was on the D.L. with a right rotator cuff injury.

    August 3-11: Miguel was back on the D.L.

  • May 8-July 18, 2017: Miguel was placed on the 60-day DL with a right thumb fracture.

  • July 21, 2019: Miguel was out of the lineup for the Marlins’ series finale at Dodger Stadium. He exited in the fifth inning of the 10-6 loss to the Dodgers with a right shoulder strain. He is considered day-to-day.

  • Aug 1, 2019: Rojas left the game after three innings with right hip tightness sustained while running the bases and is day-to-day.

    "In the popup that [Anderson] hit to center field, trying to come back to the base and trying to tag up to second base," Rojas said. "And something grabbed on my hamstring, I thought it was my hamstring. I didn't want to run 100 percent in case it was my hamstring."

  • Aug 7-Sept 1, 2019: Rojas was on the IL with a right hammy strain. 

    “I felt something in my leg that I never felt before,” Rojas said. “I was running down the first-base line and I felt a pop right behind my knee. For a second, I thought it was my knee and then the doctor said it looked like the hamstring.”

    Rojas was on the ground for several minutes before he was helped off the field by manager Don Mattingly and the Marlins' training staff.

  • Aug 4-20, 2020: Rojas was on the IL after testing positive for Covid-19.

  • May 28-June 18, 2021: Rojas was on the IL with left index finger fracture.

  • Sept 18, 2021: Rojas hit a ball off the knee, then aggravated it later on a play. Manager Don Mattingly said the bruise was bigger than a golf ball. The club is being cautious since Rojas was pretty sore, though he could be available off the bench. 
  • Sept 25, 2021: Rojas irritated his left ring toe on a stretch while catching Lewin Díaz's throw to second base in the first inning, but he didn’t exit the game until the bottom of the eighth. Rojas said he hurt the toe on Sept. 21 when Juan Soto slid head-first into second on a stolen-base attempt.

    "Like I always say, I'm never going to put the team in a bad spot if I don't feel good, and I don't feel that I'm going to do the best that I can do to help the team," Rojas said. "So that's why I came out of the game. And sometimes [manager Don Mattingly] gives you a day to figure things out. I'm trying something right now on my shoe to try to keep that toe from moving side to side, so hopefully I can finish the season and play." 

  • Aug 31, 2022: Rojas was scratched from the starting lineup about two hours before first pitch with right wrist discomfort. After the game, the shortstop said that he noticed some discomfort in the wrist after the All-Star break.

    Rojas was set to have imaging on his wrist. He said it was more for his own "peace of mind" so that he knows exactly what's going on. But Rojas intends to play the remaining month-plus of the season without any IL time. Then, he'll take care of his wrist and follow doctor recommendations in the offseason.

  • Oct. 5-Nov 8, 2022: Rojas underwent wrist surgery.