|May 7th, 2018
A large framed prep right-hander, Rodriguez has broad shoulders and long limbs. Athletically, Rodriguez is a tick below average, but he remains balanced and online throughout his delivery, creating downhill plane from an over the top release point. His arm action starts long, hiding the ball behind his back, then progressing into compact circle which adds some deception, especially to same-side hitters. His stride length is adequate, though there is room for more leg drive which could allow the stuff to play up as he develops.
Rodriguez possesses a plus fastball that sat at a heavy 92-to-94 mph for four innings in his most recent outing, and peaked at 96 mph. His velocity dipped to 90-to-92 mph in the fifth, but it was an unusual outing with abundant time between trips to the mound that may have contributed to the decline. Rodriguez has two breaking ball offerings: a curveball that was 77-to-80 mph with 11-to-4 shape, and an 83-to-84 mph slider with cutting movement, the latter pitch he only showed in warmups. He also displayed a changeup in warmups but did not offer it in the game. Rodriguez has pitchability with the fastball, and the feel to spin the curveball. While he only showed two offerings, he projects to have four usable pitches as he continues to develop.
Multiple GMs were on hand to see Rodriguez, and it’s likely that he’ll be the next in line of large bodied Texas prep right-handers to be popped in the early rounds, and as early as the first.