Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 180 B-T: L-R
Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic on June 20, 2012.
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #28 – 2016 Preseason
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Rodriguez was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $400,000 in 2012, which immediately made him a notable prospect. His performance as a pro didn’t initially make enough of a mark to justify the bonus dollars spent on him, however. He played just eight games in the Dominican Summer League in 2012 before making a more full-time debut in 2013. In 40 games he hit .288 with a .667 OPS and no home runs. At the end of 2013 Rodriguez made his U.S. debut, playing in seven games with Bristol. In 2014 and 2015 he spent two full seasons in rookie ball, first with the Arizona League White Sox and then with the Great Falls Voyagers. Rodriguez posted an OPS below .700 both seasons, but did start to show power in 2015 (eight home runs, .156 ISO with Great Falls). In 2016 for his age 20/21 season, Rodriguez spent his first year in full season ball with mediocre overall results (.588 OPS, 20.7% K/PA) and only just those hints at power (5 HR). He’s repeating in Kannapolis in 2017, and so far he’s showing better results.
Rodriguez is a prime athlete, as can be seen in person. Arm strength is premium and playable across the outfield, though in brief looks his routes weren’t pretty. Speed is 60-grade, based on a 4.1 home-to-first time we clocked in 2016. He struggles to consistently barrel the ball, but can put a loud charge into it when he does. That said, his contact rates haven’t been atrocious, and his loose swing does show some barrel control. It’s still too early to call it a make or break season for him, but considering this is his 3rd season state-side, it’s time Rodriguez starts to show the potential the White Sox believed he had when signing him. As a quick note, he’s listed at 6 foot even on Baseball Reference, but scouting reports from at least two sources put him at 6’4″ and in-person looks indicate he’s closer to the taller height.
Major League Outlook: Fourth outfielder
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