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R-Rod looking like a hot rod prospect

R-Rod looking like a hot rod prospect
June 22, 2011
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Ronny Rodriguez (Photo: Lianna Holub)
If you like to be in the know on what players are on the up-and-up in the Indians minor league system and who is ready to breakout as a prospect, then be sure to keep a very close eye on Low-A Lake County shortstop Ronny Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, 19, is one of the Indians top middle infield prospects in the lower levels of their system. He signed as a free agent last September, so this is his first pro season and the rawness has shown itself this season where in 28 games played in the first half he hit .218 with five homers, 12 RBI, and a .660 OPS.

But numbers are only part of the story as there is no denying some of the skills that Rodriguez brings to the table. He has developing power at the plate and one of the best swings you will see from a 19-year old Latin player. He can run and also plays very good defense with good hands and feet as well as a plus arm.

Rodriguez is having fun playing in front of good sized crowds on a nightly basis, something he did not do playing in the Dominican Republic or in extended spring training earlier in the season. With his first exposure to pro ball at the affiliate level, he is just taking things as they come this season.

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