The Pirates selected Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft. We heard from Jennifer Langosch before the draft that the Pirates were likely to take Rodriguez with the first pick.
Rodriguez, who turns 26 in about a week, hit for a .293/.372/.486 line in 317 at-bats in AAA this past year in the Cleveland farm system. He played most of his games at shortstop, and also played second base. Langosch mentioned that he would fill the backup infield role if the Pirates went with Ronny Cedeno as their starting shortstop. That's kind of surprising, since I figured Pedro Ciriaco would play that role. Ciriaco will be in a crowded situation in AAA, with Chase d'Arnaud, Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, and Brian Friday taking up middle infield playing time.
An interesting note on Rodriguez, he was the starting shortstop at Rice University until Friday stole his position...
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