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    Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    From the DDN:

    Obscured perhaps by the play of dynamic first-year Dragons shortstop DiDi Gregorius has been the hot start of his double-play partner, second baseman Henry Rodriguez.

    In his first season above rookie ball, the 20-year-old Venezuelan was batting .289 through Thursday, April 15, leading the team with two home runs and nine RBIs and the Midwest League with six extra-base hits.
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Can someone fill me in on his history again?

    According to BR, the Reds are his third organization- how was he acquired?
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post
    Can someone fill me in on his history again?

    According to BR, the Reds are his third organization- how was he acquired?
    The Reds are his original organization. They may be confused because of his time in the DSL where the Reds split teams with other organizations and he played on two such teams.

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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    The Reds are his original organization. They may be confused because of his time in the DSL where the Reds split teams with other organizations and he played on two such teams.
    Gotcha, thanks. He is a guy to keep an eye on for sure. Helium watch.
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Why did I think Rodriguez was a SS? Did he change positions this year? (Apologies in advance for my ignorance; for some reason this player keeps flying completely under my radar).
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    Why did I think Rodriguez was a SS? Did he change positions this year? (Apologies in advance for my ignorance; for some reason this player keeps flying completely under my radar).
    He has played shortstop in the past.

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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    He's also played a little 3B, but the switch-hitting infielder has seen more action at 2B than either SS or 3B. He's always hit for a high average, but he really started to show some pop this winter playing in the Venezuelan League. To complement his .390 OBP he posted a .544 slugging average for an impressive .934 OPS. Considering he's only 20, he's got genuine potential.

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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    My favorite aspect of his game is the fact that he's always making contact... The guy rarely strikes out... VERY rarely...
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by REDblooded View Post
    My favorite aspect of his game is the fact that he's always making contact... The guy rarely strikes out... VERY rarely...
    1 K in 61 AB's with 10 of his 16 hits being for XB's... The only thing that is a concern is he hasn't walked at all in those 61 AB's...
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by nemesis View Post
    1 K in 61 AB's with 10 of his 16 hits being for XB's... The only thing that is a concern is he hasn't walked at all in those 61 AB's...
    So he's another prospect who can apparently hit anything...therefore we shouldn't worry about his minor flaw?

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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    If the dude K'd, I'd be worried. But obviously they are giving him pitches to hit, so he's hitting them. Would you rather him let them go by for strikes?
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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by Orenda View Post
    So he's another prospect who can apparently hit anything...therefore we shouldn't worry about his minor flaw?
    Guys that don't walk don't have a problem because they don't walk. They tend to have problems because they strike out too much. If a guy walks 20 times a year, but strikes out 90 times, its a problem. If a guy walks 20 times a year but only strikes out 30 times, it isn't likely to be a problem (as his average will very likely be high, thus making his OBP acceptable.

    I think that his being 5'10 and 150 pounds is leading to guys throwing him plenty of strikes thinking he can't hurt them. Of course, he also leads the system in XBH's, so it will be interesting to follow along the season to watch his K/BB.

    Last season in the Midwest League, the lowest strikeout rate for anyone with over 100 PA was 6.7% (K/PA).Right now, Rodriguez is under 2%. It is early, but he could be one of those guys that puts up a very strange and unique statline when the season is up.

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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Guys that don't walk don't have a problem because they don't walk. They tend to have problems because they strike out too much. If a guy walks 20 times a year, but strikes out 90 times, its a problem. If a guy walks 20 times a year but only strikes out 30 times, it isn't likely to be a problem (as his average will very likely be high, thus making his OBP acceptable.

    I think that his being 5'10 and 150 pounds is leading to guys throwing him plenty of strikes thinking he can't hurt them. Of course, he also leads the system in XBH's, so it will be interesting to follow along the season to watch his K/BB.

    Last season in the Midwest League, the lowest strikeout rate for anyone with over 100 PA was 6.7% (K/PA).Right now, Rodriguez is under 2%. It is early, but he could be one of those guys that puts up a very strange and unique statline when the season is up.
    That's all true and makes sense...but as you know, he's not going to continue to get great pitches to hit at each stop...he's going to get to bad ones. Will he be able to lay off those?

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    Re: Dragons second baseman Rodriguez showing pop

    Quote Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1 View Post
    That's all true and makes sense...but as you know, he's not going to continue to get great pitches to hit at each stop...he's going to get to bad ones. Will he be able to lay off those?
    He has in the past. In the Dominican Leagues, where guys truly struggle to throw strikes, he walked over 10% of the time.


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