LEFT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 14, 1991
Height: 6′ 1″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2009
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Rodriguez is a lefty with a live arm who, so far, looks pretty raw. In camp I saw him get as high as 95, although he was mostly in the low 90s. His command was very poor, but he has a lot of movement on his pitches.
Struggled in the DSL, allowing a .291 opponents’ average and walking the same number he struck out.
Despite the weak DSL performance, the Pirates assigned Rodriguez to the GCL for his second pro season. The move worked out well, as Rodriguez improved rapidly, enough so that the team promoted him to State College once the GCL season ended. He dramatically improved his control, although his K rate was low. His ground out to air out ratio was 1.93. He got into two games at State College and pitched well in one and not the other.
Rodriguez opened at State College and struggled through two games before going on the disabled list for the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
Rodriguez spent 2012 in the State College rotation. He pitched well the first two months, but in August opponents batted .319 against him and he had an ERA of 4.98. He made a lot of progress with his control, but had trouble locating within the strike zone. His secondary pitches still have a ways to go, as shown by the extremely low K rate. For some reason Rodriguez had a lot of trouble with left-handed hitters, who batted .389 against him.
Rodriguez is still young; he’ll spend 2013 at age 21. The Pirates will send him to West Virginia, which could be interesting because he doesn’t seem quite ready for that level.
|2013: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 25, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.|