4/7/1993 (23 y, 11 m, 17 d) Bats/Throws:
PContract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Reported: 11/15/2014 Risk: 3 ETA: 2016 Team Rank: 2 Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
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Rodriguez pitched 5.2 innings in a game for High-A Salem on the back fields of the Red Sox's training facility in Fort Myers on Wednesday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. (3/22/2017)
|Profile: Rodriguez was traded from BAL to BOS straight up for Andrew Miller at the 2014 deadline, and eventually made his MLB debut in 2015 to the tune of a 3.85 earned run average over 121.2 innings. He looked like a solid young sleeper entering last season, but a dislocated knee pushed his first BOS start of 2016 all the way back until May 31st, where he pitched a solid six innings against the team that traded him away (BAL), giving up just two earned runs with three strikeouts. Over his next 5 starts (23.1 IP) however, Rodriguez would give up another 26 earned runs along with 39 hits, earning a demotion down to AAA. Whatever the 24 year old lefty adjusted in just two Pawtucket starts stuck, as “E-Rod” was recalled again in mid-July and was an entirely different (better) pitcher over his next 76 innings, pitching to a 3.68 ERA, striking out more than a batter per inning (10.4 K/9), and giving up just 60 hits in the process. In fact, in the 60 innings he pitched in August and September combined, Rodriguez held batters to a .185/.268/.294 and gave up just four home runs, and issue that had plagued him heavily earlier in the season (1.35 HR per nine innings). What changed to make E-Rod a different pitcher in the 2nd half of last season? Much of E-Rod’s second half improvement seems to have come from gradually increasing his two-seam fastball and changeup usage over his slider, thereby giving him a more effective four pitch repertoire to keep batters guessing. His changeup was particularly effective (18.9% swinging strike rate), which bodes well for future improvement against right handed hitters. If Rodriguez can continue the development process in 2017 while maintaining his electric stuff, he could be a solid high strikeout, low investment sleeper. (Trey Baughn)|
The Quick Opinion: The final 2016 line from Rodriguez (4.71 ERA, 1.35 HR/9, 1.30 WHIP) is misleading - he was a completely different pitcher after his 2nd call up and showed enough upside to be a very interesting sleeper heading into 2017, if healthy (knee).