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Twin Brothers Tyler and Taylor Rogers Set a Crazy MLB Record

As the oldest of the four major American sports leagues, Major League Baseball has seen plenty of family legacies over the years. In fact, 10 pairs of twin brothers have spent time in the league as active players, dating all the way back to Joe and Red Shannon in 1915. The most recent twins to suit up in the MLB are Tyler and Taylor Rogers.

The Rogers brothers entered the record books in 2019 when they became the 10th set of twins to play major league ball. Let’s look at Tyler and Taylor Rogers’ respective careers and investigate a few of the other famous MLB twins.

Taylor Rogers’ MLB career so far

Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro (L) and Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers
Twins catcher Jason Castro (L) and relief pitcher Taylor Rogers | Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Taylor established himself as a talented high school pitcher. His perceived upside led the Baltimore Orioles to draft him in the 37th round of the 2009 MLB draft. He never played for the Orioles; instead, he played college ball at the University of Kentucky, reports Kentucky Sports.

Taylor ultimately spent three years in the college system before entering the 2012 MLB draft. This time, the Minnesota Twins took him in the 11th round. Soon after, Taylor signed a contract with the Twins and spent the next four years playing on minor league teams. Finally, in 2016, the Twins called him up to the majors to replace injured reliever, Glen Perkins.

Taylor played in 57 games that year as a middle-reliever. He finished the season with a 3-1 record and a 3.86 ERA, while striking out 64 batters in 61.1 innings pitched. In each of his three subsequent seasons with the Twins, he’s improved his ERA. He got it as low as 2.61 in the 2019 season when he also struck out a career-best 90 batters in 69 innings of play.

The 29-year-old is now considered one of the most solid relievers in the game. Taylor has one of the most unhittable sliders, while also throwing a truly devious curveball. During one stretch lasting from June 2018 until the end of the season, opposing batters hit a measly .147 against Rogers.

Taylor’s brother, Tyler Rogers            

Like his brother, Tyler Rogers is a pitcher. His path to the MLB is much different than his brother’s, however. Tyler went undrafted out of high school. Instead, he attended Garden City Community College in Kansas for two years, before transferring to Austin Peay State University. There he proved himself a competent enough pitcher for the San Francisco Giants to draft him in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB draft.

From 2013 until 2019, Tyler played for teams in the Giants’ minor league system. Then, in August 2019, the team finally called Rogers up to the big leagues. He debuted the same night, pitching one scoreless inning as a reliever. That season he pitched in 17 games, throwing 16 strikeouts with an impressive ERA of just 1.02.

Tyler and Taylor Rogers are not completely identical twin brothers

While Tyler and Taylor Rogers may be identical twins, they differ in a few key ways. First, they aren’t exactly the same age. Technically speaking, Taylor is 30 seconds older than his twin Tyler. While that age difference may be pretty minor, Taylor acts like the older brother in many ways, most notably by being the first to make the major leagues.

The brothers also differ in pitching styles. Taylor throws with his left hand and Tyler throws with his right. Known for his power, Taylor throws with a traditional overhand method. Tyler, by contrast, throws with the more obscure side-armed method and uses an array of sliders and curveballs.

The two brothers do have one non-genetic similarity, however. When Taylor first got brought up to the major leagues, the first person he called was his brother Tyler. Three years later when Tyler made it to the majors, he returned the favor by calling his brother to share the good news.