Endy Rodriguez’s Bat Came Alive And Defense Improved When He Focused on Catching

Endy Rodriguez can hit.

The Greensboro catcher is currently hitting for a .302/.392/.544 line in 370 plate appearances in High-A. Greensboro is a very hitter-friendly environment, but Rodriguez has hit all over the South Atlantic League, with an .852 OPS on the road.

This isn't new. Rodriguez had a .294 average and an .892 OPS last year in Bradenton, and his numbers with the Mets in rookie ball were just as good.

"The Florida State League is not the best place in the world to hit," said Pirates farm director John Baker. "And he hit there. And he hit in the DSL. And he hits in Greensboro and he hits on the road. I think that it’s safe for us to say that it doesn’t matter where you put Endy, he’s going to be able to hit."

Rodriguez hasn't hit the entire season. He struggled at th...



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Hopefully the Pirates understand this….that is if they don’t insist on every position player prospect learning 3-4 different positions, the player may actually become defensively competent and fundamentally sound – both foreign concepts to the Pirates player development of recent years.


Hitting Stats from the A+ South Atlantic League:

Endy Rodriguez 318 AB, 23 doubles/3 triples/16 HR, 55 RBI, 302/392/544/936
Vaughn Grissom 298 AB, 17 doubles/1 triple/11 HR, 55 RBI, 312/404/487/891

Grissom was promoted after 74 games to AA and hit in the Atlanta lineup yesterday.
Rodriguez was held at A+ for 88 games, promoted to AA, played first AA game yesterday


Study the footwork, look how quickly he shifted from receiving to squaring the feet, closing the shoulder and firing a bullet on line. Holy shit! And he can hit, too? There’s your future catcher. Teach Davis to play first


Hard to argue with Davis at 1B/DH/C and Endy Rod C/DH/2B/1B, but we have to at least thank the Mets for preparing him for multi-positional play. When you are a young Catcher and stuck behind Francisco Alvarez (current No. 3 in the Top 100 MLB Prospects) who is ahead of you in the Mets system and at least a year younger than you, you definitely need to find other positions to play, or another team.

What a fantastic break to get Endy at the 11th hour as an add to the package for Joe Musgrove. The Padres offered Lucchesi, but the Pirates were looking to solidify their Catching. We probably asked for Campusano (with a straight face), and I don’t know who involved the Mets in the process, but they wanted a LHRP and Endy was stuck behind Alvarez. Not sure anyone in the process thought Endy would develop as well as he has up to this point!


I’m hopeful that eliminating 1B isn’t directly attributable to the pickup in his offense, and rather a concurrent trend. I see him in a platoon situation with Henry Davis for the Pirates. Endy is a switch hitter who has hit better as a lefty against righty pitchers, generating more of his HR power. If we have a solid McThump 1B, we could cycle the three through C, 1B and DH. I really love the potential of that.


This kid might really be something special

Cape Cod Sean

One thing we have is catching depth in the system. Bins, Davis, E. Rodriguez, & possibly Planchart. Not bad


Had to be said, yes Tim!

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Would it be silly for both Endy and Davis to share catcher and first base in the majors one day?


Love to see him get some AA at bats before the end of the season.


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