Build: Large frame; athletic and slender build with room for projection; body is built for durability if he can keep the arm healthy.
Mechanics: 3/4 arm slot; plus arm speed; large stab with a deep arm action; mild drive; slightly stiff on landing; foot is slightly inverted on landing; crossfire; will drag arm occasionally; rushed delivery and became out of tempo often during the outing; mechanics became rushed and out of sync; delivery times 1.40 - 1.47
Hagerstown Suns (Low A, Nationals)
50; Set-up Arm
Below-average command; T95 4x; displays armside run at 91-92 mph; generates downhill plane and ball is hard to barrel when located in the lower quadrants; consistently missed up in the zone and left FB over the plate; increased stamina and consistent mechanics will help to play up offering.
Below-average command; replicates arm speed; 11-5 break; inconsistent offering currently; flashes depth with tight spin; will tally swinging strikes at its peak; caught in between sometimes; will sweep more than break with depth; release points were inconsistent and can be tightened for improvement with spin and command.
Poor command; threw three times; replicates arm speed; mild feel but was firm on release; currently ineffective but replication of arm speed is evident along with 8-10 velo separation from FB.
Signed as an international free agent in 2012. This was the first start for Rodriguez on the season, and the results were mixed. The stuff flashed plus, but he failed to consistently string it together during the outing. The overall command of his arsenal was below-average, but Rodriguez missed a good portion of the past season and is clearly still working back to form. The stamina and crispness of his arsenal is still not quite there.
The risk remains high with Rodriguez, as he is still a lower minors pitcher with much refinement needed with his secondary arsenal. The stuff will play out of the bullpen as a late inning reliever, but there is still a chance he can develop as a starter moving forward. Rodriguez is a volatile arm.