Re: Thursday 7/19/2012 Minor-League Updates
Rodriguez is too squat to be a good SS. He needs to drop some weight and tone up what he has. (He's not Juan Francisco, but he's got an extra 25 lbs. on him.) He also waddles a bit-- it almost looks like his feet hurt.
His glove is fine, his arm's okay, his range is nothing special. Overall, he's playing to hit.
As to the no-power meme, two of the past three years, his slugging percentage reached the mid .460's. This year, in Pensacola (where almost everyone has struggled to hit for power), he regressed. But it was only 150-ish ABs.
I'm guessing, if he gets the ABs, Rodriguez will end up .300+/ .350+/ .450+/ .800+ in his best seasons and a mid .750 OPS in his poor ones. In today's game, a projected .350 wOBA would make him the sixth best 3B in baseball. That ranking is his ceiling, IMO. A .330 wOBA would still rank him in the top half of the game. That, IMO, is where he would rank given his hit tool and a bit of power.
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