The 25-year-old right-handed Giants prospect moved his delivery to the right side of the mound three starts ago and had his best start since the change Monday. He scattered three hits and four walks over seven innings to help Class A Advanced San Jose blank Visalia, 8-0.
In his three starts since, Rogers (11-10) is 3-0 with just one earned run and 11 hits allowed in 18 2/3 innings for a 0.48 ERA.
"I thought it'd be a way to kind of pick it up here as the season comes to end," he said. "It's tough to face some of these hitters when they're in midseason form like they are right now. You can't just blow it by them, especially when we're kind of running out of steam too. So it's something I started playing with to kind of add a little deception, and it's worked really well."
The biggest benefit of the Tulane University product's adjustment has been a sinker and a slider that cut toward the inside part of the plate against right-handed bats and toward the very outer edge against left-handers. In both cases, the result has been Rogers inducing ground balls.
Thanks to that trick, he didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning Monday night. He also worked out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fifth by getting right-hander Ryan LaPensee to strike out swinging and lefty Ender Inciarte to ground out to third.
The 6-foot-4 hurler exited after the seventh having thrown 101 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Following Monday's performance, Rogers moved his record above the .500 mark for the first time all season. His 4.21 ERA marks a modest but significant jump from the 2.91 number he posted for Class A Augusta last year.
But all in all, the Texas native thinks he's grown this season after a streak of nine subpar starts following a death in the family in May.
"It's had its ups and downs for sure," he said. "But coming into the California League, we all knew it would be a challenge and really a mental challenge more than anything. The hitters here have lots of confidence, and you can give up eight runs or so in the blink of an eye. But in the end, I think the whole thing has made me better mentally than I was before."
Rogers is scheduled for two more starts before the end of the regular season and could face more if the Giants, who stand atop the North Division Wild-Card standings, make the Cal League playoffs. Given his recent run of success, the right-hander knows exactly where his head and feet will be in those outings and beyond.
"I think unfortunately I stumbled upon the [move on the mound] a little late," he said. "With my natural mechanics, it just works really well. Sure, the walks have been a little higher as I get used to it, but it's getting there. It's definitely something I plan on carrying into the offseason and into Spring Training at the start of next year."
Rogers' batterymate and Giants' No. 12 prospect Andrew Susac was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the victory. San Jose leadoff hitter Carter Jurica led all batters with two RBIs.