The Pirates selected Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.
The Rule 5 draft was completed this morning, with the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians. I reviewed Rodriguez earlier today right after the pick was made. With J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett off the board, it's looking more and more like Ronny Cedeno will be the starting shortstop for the Pirates in 2011.
Rodriguez had success at the AAA level in 2010, and could step in to the majors in 2011 as a utility player, capable of playing second, short, third, and the outfield. There's also an outside chance that Rodriguez could surprise and become the starting shortstop, although it's more likely that he ends up a super utility player. Even if the Pirates add a shortstop and move Cedeno to the bench, Rodriguez could compete for the second infield spot.
The Pirates did lose a player in the draft, with Nathan Adcock being selected by the Kansas City Royals. Adcock was o...
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