|Born: May 29, 1988
Height: 6′ 2″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2006
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Rodriguez is a tall, lean firstbaseman whom the Pirates may have expected would add power as he filled out. He’s fairly athletic and I’ve seen him make some good defensive plays, but he’s also had some problems with errors. He’s signed for 2011, but probably will serve as a player/coach.
Saw brief action in debut.
Had a decent season, hitting for some power.
Hit better overall in his third DSL season, showing very good plate discipline and even stealing a lot of bases, but his power dropped off.
Rodriguez served as the regular firstbaseman in the GCL and was hitting well going into August, but slumped to his final numbers.
Rodriguez played first for State College when Matt Curry wasn’t in the lineup and also served sometimes as the DH. He didn’t hit much and continued to have moderate problems with the strike zone.
The Pirates released Rodriguez at the end of spring training. They re-signed him in April, but he didn’t play all year.
Rodriguez became a free agent after the 2011, but quickly re-signed with the Pirates. He’s probably serving as a coach now, but could see limited action on an emergency basis.
|2012: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|March 31, 2006: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
March 23, 2011: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
April 27, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
November 2, 2011: Became a free agent.
November 8, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.