It seems that Yorman Rodriguez has been around forever, and to be fair, he has been in the system longer than most players because he signed at age 16 for $2.7M in 2008 out of Venezuela. He has had an up-and-down career since making his debut in 2009, at times flashing big tools and production but at other times looking rather pedestrian in both parts of the game as well.
While at the Midwest League All-Star game in June I struck up conversation with a scout who is assigned to the Reds among other teams. We began talking about Rodriguez and he asked my opinion. To that point in the season I hadn’t had a chance to see him, so my answer was that I loved the tools and athleticism but was concerned about his plate discipline and how it wouldn’t allow his hitting tools to play up to their abilities. As I have noted before on the site, the scout told me that I needed to see him this year. He was right and the timing was perfect as Rodriguez made his debut with Pensacola the very next day where I would be able to watch him on Milb.tv as well as see him in person for a week while in Pensacola later in the year.
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