Henry Rodriguez came into the 2010 season as a mostly unknown prospect despite having hit .322 during the 2009 season for the GCL Reds. He was a switch hitter who showed a solid ability to put the bat on the ball, but he also spent his time split up all over the infield (except first base). In 2010 Rodriguez would play second base all season except when he would fill in at shortstop when Didi Gregorius got a day off.
Rodriguez jumped from the GCL into the Midwest League from 2009 to 2010 and it seemed to take him a little bit of time to get adjusted. In April, Rodriguez showed good power as he slugged .473 on the month, but his average was .269. While that isn’t bad, he coupled it with just two walks and one hit-by-pitch which resulted in a .292 on-base percentage. The bright side of the month was that he only struck out four times during the entire month, far and away his lowest strikeout total in any month.
In May, Rodriguez took a step backwards as he struggled to do much on the month. His power went away as he slugged .346 and he again had an average in the .260′s and his on-base percentage fell down to .288 in May. Strikeouts jumped from 4 in April to 17 in May. The jump in strikeouts wasn’t a big issue though, as the rate was still quite solid.
June began a three month stretch where Rodriguez went on a tear through the end of the season. As it warmed up in June, the second baseman hit .333/.354/.516 over 96 plate appearances. The only ding on his resume was that he once again only drew 3 walks in the entire month, making his on-base percentage heavily batting average weighted.
July saw a step backwards, but only because June was so strong. Rodriguez would go on to hit .296/.315/.509 in July, showing good power once again. However he also only walked 3 times during the month again. He went on to strike out 18 times on the month in 111 plate appearances, which is a solid rate of contact.
In August and September the switch hitter literally doubled his season’s walk total as his 11 walks in the 5 week stretch matched his 11 walks from April through July. Over that time period he went on to hit .358/.413/.482 with 20 strikeouts in 150 plate appearances. He also earned a week long promotion to end the season with the Lynchburg Hillcats where he would hit .250/.250/.250 over six games.
Overall, Rodriguez had a quality season, showing flashes of good skills throughout the year. Power from both sides of the plate, good speed that he can use well on the base paths and a good ability to put the bat on the ball. The one major question mark in his game is his ability to draw a walk. Before August, he had walked twice in April and three times in each of the next three months before drawing eleven in August and September.
Here is his spray chart for the season
|As Right Handed Hitter|
|As Leftt Handed Hitter|