Born: May 26, 2000
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 170
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018 (Mets)
How Acquired: Trade (with Mets)
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

Rodriguez is an athletic catcher who also switch-hits.  The athleticism has allowed him to see some time in the outfield, but it also gives him a high ceiling defensively behind the plate.  He has a good arm and has thrown out 42% of base stealers so far.  His hitting approach is advanced, although he may not hit for a great deal of power.  The Pirates acquired him from the Mets in the three-team trade that sent Joe Musgrove to San Diego.

DSL:  261/369/400, 115 AB, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 20 BB, 26 K, 2-4 SB

Rodriguez had a good debut in the DSL, starting 16 games behind the plate and 11 at first.

DSL:  296/457/667, 27 AB, 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 5 K
R:  293/393/453, 75 AB, 10 2B, 1 HR, 10 BB, 13 K, 4-4 SB

After nine games in the DSL, the Mets moved Rodriguez up to the GCL.  He started 14 games behind the plate, one at first and eight in the outfield, and lost some time to a hamstring strain.  He hit well, continuing to make good contact.


A:  294/380/512, 377 AB, 25 2B, 6 3B, 15 HR, 50 BB, 77 K, 2-2 SB

Rodriguez spent the season with Bradenton and had an outstanding year.  He won the batting title and finished first in runs; second in OPS, slugging, doubles and RBIs; tied for third in home runs and triples; and fourth in OBP.  He ended the season on a tear, with an OPS of 1.110 in August and .983 in September.  Unlike most switch hitters, he hit better right-handed.  There were other catchers with the Marauders who needed playing time, initially Eli Wilson and later Abrahan Gutierrez, so Rodriguez caught 54 games.  He wasn’t as successful at throwing out base stealers as before, nailing only 17%.  He played 18 at first and four in left.  The versatility will serve him well given the Pirates’ drafting of Henry Davis.

At the end of the 2020 season, it was questionable whether the Pirates had any catching prospects at all.  Now they have two outstanding ones in Davis and Rodriguez, and several other good ones.  Davis and Rodriguez will both open 2022 at Greensboro, along with Abrahan Gutierrez.  Rodriguez, in particular, is expected to play a number of positions, including first, second and left.

2022: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: $10,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 2, 2018: Signed by the New York Mets as an international free agent.
January 18, 2021: Traded by the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-team trade; Hudson Head, Omar Cruz, David Bednar and Drake Fellows sent from the San Diego Padres to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Joey Lucchesi sent from the San Diego Padres to the New York Mets, and Joe Musgrove sent from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the San Diego Padres.