2013 Season Review: INF Henry Rodriguez

Henry Rodriguez spent the majority of the season in Louisville’s infield.  The 23-year old got some playing time in Cincinnati, but mostly as a pinch hitter.

Starting out, Rodriguez found it difficult to find any consistency.  He started April by hitting safely in the first three games against Toledo, but they were all one-hit games.  On April 9th, against Columbus, he collected his first multi-hit game of the season as he went 3-4 with 2 RBI.  From the 12th to the 18th, he hit safely in 4 of 6 games in which he went 6-25 with 3 doubles, 5 strikeouts, and no walks.  He did end the month with better contact.  In the last 8 games of the month, he hit 9-30 with a double, drew one walk, and struck out 5 times.  A slow start to the season brought about a .223/.277/.287 line.  He walked just 6 times while striking out 19 times.

May was almost the opposite of April as Rodriguez was as consistent as could be.  He was able to get on base in 23 of his 28 games during the month.  In the first 12 games, he batted 18-50 with 3 doubles, a home run, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts.  On the 14th in Charlotte, he went 0-5 in the game but it was his 11th consecutive games without striking out.  While he did strikeout on the 15th, he also started a 8-game hit streak.  During that stretch, he went 12-37 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs, but struck out 6 times without drawing a walk.  He ended the month going just 5 of 24 where all his hits were singles.  His month of May overall was impressive and saw a .302/.344/.422 line.  He walked just 6 times again, but thanks to the 11-game stretch, he stuck out only 12 times.

Rodriguez got into 4 games with Louisville to start June.  In those games, he collected 8 singles in 19 at bats.  Then, he got into 2 games with Cincinnati starting on the 7th.  In both games, he was a pinch hitter and was unable to get on base.  He was sent back to Louisville and struggled to get his bat back to the production it had in May.  From the 14th of the month on, he was only able to gather 10 hits in 51 at bats.  June was a step back for Rodriguez as his .250/.270/.306 line would indicate.  Plus, he only walked twice and swung and missed 11 times.

The struggles of June were carried over to July.  He fought to hit and even get on base for the vast majority of the month.  From the 1st to the 23rd, he hit just 10-77 with a double, a walk, and 14 strikeouts.  The last week of the month saw a bit of a turnaround.  He was able to get on base in 6 of the 7 games and go 9-25.  While he did not get an extra base hit, he walked 3 times and struck out the same.  The month as a whole was less then impressive.  He compiled a .186/.222/.196 line and totaled 17 strikeouts to just 4 walks.

August was Rodriguez’s best month at the plate.  The little success he saw at the end of July was magnified to start August.  He hit safely in his first 6 games of the month and went 12-19 with a double, 4 walks, and just one strikeout.  On the 7th and 8th, he went 0-4 in both games and struck out 3 times.  Then, he was back at it and hit 14-31 in his next 8 games.  To end the month, he hit better then average.  From the 18th on, he swatted 12-38 with a double, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts.  His grand month of August included a .396/.454/.438 line.  He was able to amass 10 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Rodriguez spent the entire month of September in Cincinnati, but was hardly used as anything more then a pinch hitter.  He got into 7 games and hit just 1-7 with a walk and 3 strikeouts.

Season Stats

Team PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB K AVG OBP SLG OPS
Louisville 514 478 131 17 0 4 41 6 5 28 69 .274 .319 .335 .654
Cincinnati 10 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .111 .200 .111 .311

Overall Thoughts

Over the past two years some of the shine has worn off of Rodriguez as he has failed to carry the .300+ average he had at every other level besides AAA. At this point he appears to be in the process of heading down the road as a bit of an infield super-sub who can play third, second and shortstop in a pinch who will bring a bat off of the bench that can probably make some contact for you from either side of the plate to help neutralize the opposing bullpen.

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About Thomas Felsmaier

As a kid who grew up in Central Florida, attending multiple Spring Training games every year sparked a love affair with baseball. I've gone from a Devil Rays fan to a minor league die-hard that gets to watch the game in beautiful Pensacola. While I may not be a writer by trade, I am a baseball fan by nature.