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2/25/1987 (30 y, 1 d)
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. (1/22/2015)
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Forget CERN -– Rodriguez’s fastball proves that objects can travel faster than the speed of light. If only he had a clue as to where that fastball was going. The Joel Zumaya-in-Training averaged 98 MPH with his heat (fastest among qualified pitchers) and struck out 9.6 batters per nine innings, but he also placed behind only K.C.’s Tim Collins and Cincy’s Aroldis Chapman among qualified relievers in walks per nine innings (6.2). He had a 3.56 ERA, but his peripherals suggest a mark closer to four due to an ultra-low home run per fly ball rate (1.8 percent). While Rodriguez could turn into a shutdown reliever if his control becomes just passable, don’t expect that to translate into saves with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard also in the Nats’ bullpen. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Presently, Rodriguez is an average-ish reliever overall who can strike out the side in one appearance and walk the bases loaded in the next. He has to throw more strikes to earn high-leverage work, and it’s hard to see him ascending to the closer’s role with two young, lights-out relievers standing in his way.
Fact: Not many people can throw a baseball harder than Henry Rodriguez, who consistently throws over 97 mph. Fact: Not many people have less accuracy than Henry Rodriguez. Although he only threw 29.1 innings in the majors last season, Henry Rodriguez still threw 10 wild pitches (seventh most in baseball) and walked 22 batters. For a brief moment in April and May last year Rodriguez was in control and even earned a few saves for the Nationals but that moment quickly passed as Rodriguez finished with a 5.83 ERA combined with a disappointing 5.11 FIP/4.99 xFIP. It goes without saying, but if Rodriguez wants to return to pitching meaningful innings in Washington he will have to cut his walk rate down. He'll also have to prove his health as he's recovering from elbow surgery late last season. Also of note is that Rodriguez is without any minor league options, so if the Nationals want to keep him on the team he'll have to pitch at the major league level. If not, another team will surely take a shot on Rodriguez' strong, if inaccurate arm. (
The Quick Opinion:
Only four pitchers had a greater velocity than Henry Rodriguez last year, but in a revamped bullpen in Washington, Rodriguez will have to improve if he wants to pitch in the late innings in 2013.
Henry Rodriguez’s profile is marked by two striking realities: his fastball that flirts with triple digits and averages 97 miles per hour, and the fact that he has very little idea where it’s headed when it leaves his hand. He continues to garner attention as a potential bullpen star on account of that heater, but he’s always yielded far too many walks to be even a passable major league arm. He was designated for assignment twice last season, and may be running out of chances to sharpen his control enough to deliver on the promise attached to his rocket arm. Spring training reports will mean everything for the righty. If his control improves, he can ride his fastball into a late inning relief role. If it does not, he can continue riding buses in the minors. (
The Quick Opinion:
Probably a pass on all fantasy draft days, Henry Rodriguez can still hit triple digits, which will always make him a name to track. Just in case he finally figures out where it's going.
It’d be pretty neat if Rodriguez had any idea where his pitches were going to end up. As it stands, Rodriguez’s command is simply too poor for him to be given a substantial role. And he’s running out of time to fix it. Rodriguez could be electric if he could find the zone, but it just seems impossible at this point. He’ll probably bounce around for awhile, but meaningful innings are probably long gone at this point. (Landon Jones)
The Quick Opinion:
Things could have been fun, because 100 mph is nice to look at, but only if it isn’t sailing to the backstop. Unless he’s able to zero in on home plate for an extended period of time, there should be much better options available.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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