The Rays left Rodriguez unprotected for the second year in a row.
For the second year in a row, the Tampa Bay Rays left Aneury Rodriguez unprotected from the Rule 5 draft. The Rays originally acquired Rodriguez prior to the 2009 season, in exchange for starting pitcher Jason Hammel. Rodriguez went to the Rays' AA affiliate, putting up a 4.50 ERA in 142 innings, with a 7.0 K/9, and a 3.7 BB/9. The performance wasn't enough for Rodriguez to be selected in the 2009 Rule 5 draft, which would have required that he make the jump from AA to the majors.
Rodriguez was a top prospect in the Colorado system, with a 92-94 MPH fastball. After going to the Rays, his fastball velocity dropped to the high-80s. It remained in that range in early 2010, although Rodriguez did make the jump to AAA after some time back at the AA level. After two starts in AA, Rodriguez moved up to the AAA level, with a 3.80 ERA in 113.2 innings, along with a 7.4 K/9 and a 3.9 BB/9 ratio.
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