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 ...

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