The Keepers – SP – Armando Rodriguez

39. Armando Rodriguez – SP – 22/yrs.

Rodriguez was a much heralded international signee in 2007.

Rodriguez began his pro career in 2007, by impressing at the DSL Mets (2-2, 3.46 in 11 games, 2 starts). He also had 29 Ks in 26.0 IP. He returned to the DSL Mets for the 2008 season, going 4-4, 2.63, 0.97 in 15 games, 13 starts.
In 2009, Rodriguez spent time between Kingsport (3-1, 2.96, 9 starts, 36-K, 45.2-IP) and Savannah (2-1, 2.16, 3 starts, 1-CG, 24-K, 16.2-IP).

His combined 2009 stats were: 5-2, 2.74, 12 starts, 1-CG, 60-K, 29-BB, 62,1-IP.

1-1-10 Forecast: Like other players in the DSL or VSL system, there is very little press on them. Rodriquez is slowly moving up the chain without much fanfare. There is a good chance he will return to Savannah for the 2010 season, but I’m sure he’ll end the year in Florida, with St. Lucie. Keep an eye on him. One of many talented young relievers currently in the system.

8-1-10: – We first jumped on the A-Rod bandwagon when Omar Minaya told all of us in ST that he was “another Jenrry Mejia”. I made sure he was the first player I hunted out at the Savannah Sand Gnats press luncheon the day before the season started and I’ve been keeping an eye on him since. Last night, he did well again… 7.0-IP, 0-R, 4-H, 7-K, 1-BB… seasonall he’s: 21-G, 6-6, 113-1-IP, 3.18, 1.11, 102-K, 39-BB. He’sthis season at 22-years old and I expect him to anchor the St. Lucie rotation come next spring.

10-6-10: – 2011 Forecast: – this is the kid that Omar Minaya said would be the next Jenrry Mejia. The only problem with that is, currently, Rodriquez sits around 5-mph less than Jenrry. Still, the kid did a masterful job in 2010 and will pitch next spring as a 23-year old. I expect that to be St. Lucie, due to the log jam at Binghamton.

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