GERLIS RODRIGUEZ
FIRST BASEMAN
Born: May 29, 1988
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 185
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2006
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Rodriguez is a tall, lean firstbaseman whom the Pirates may have expected would add power as he filled out.  He’s fairly athletic and I’ve seen him make some good defensive plays, but he’s also had some problems with errors.  He’s signed for 2011, but probably will serve as a player/coach.

2006
DSL:  200/333/200, 49 AB, 7 BB, 17 K

Saw brief action in debut.

2007
DSL:  257/317/389, 167 AB, 7 2B, 5 HR, 14 BB, 31 K, 5-8 SB

Had a decent season, hitting for some power.

2008
DSL:  291/367/380, 234 AB, 16 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 27 BB, 28 K, 15-21 SB

Hit better overall in his third DSL season, showing very good plate discipline and even stealing a lot of bases, but his power dropped off.

2009
R:  266/292/372, 199 AB, 12 2B, 3 HR, 9 BB, 32 K, 1-4 SB

Rodriguez served as the regular firstbaseman in the GCL and was hitting well going into August, but slumped to his final numbers.

2010
A-:  201/253/283, 159 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 BB, 34 K, 2-3 SB

Rodriguez played first for State College when Matt Curry wasn’t in the lineup and also served sometimes as the DH.  He didn’t hit much and continued to have moderate problems with the strike zone.

2011
Did not play

The Pirates released Rodriguez at the end of spring training.  They re-signed him in April, but he didn’t play all year.

Rodriguez became a free agent after the 2011, but quickly re-signed with the Pirates.  He’s probably serving as a coach now, but could see limited action on an emergency basis.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
March 31, 2006: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
March 23, 2011: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
April 27, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
November 2, 2011: Became a free agent.
November 8, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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