Thursday, March 8, 2012

Round 10: Manny Rodriguez, RHP, Barry University

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2011 Stats:

1 Season23.4004.651412200050.15531261180395132251.4509.
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Generated 3/8/2012.

Sean's one sentence analysis: Easily one of the most intriguing picks to me, the righty had excellent rate stats (10.1 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in college, 7.0 and 3.2 in Auburn) despite only being a pitcher for a year or two.

Thoughts from the community:
"Rodriguez is a converted position player (3B) that can bring the heat (up to 95). The big "what-if" is obviously whether or not he can master his secondary pitches before he ages out of the system. Mediocre '11 numbers say a repeat at Auburn is most likely for '12, especially with the crop of more polished pitchers drafted along with him." - Luke Erickson, Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects)

Previous analysis and notes:
Not a whole lot of info on Rodriguez due to Barry being a small school. Rodriguez went 7-3 this year with a 2.00 ERA in 112 and 2/3 innings. His 126/35 K/BB ratio is excellent, and opposing batters only hit .214 against him. It is tough to judge players like Rodriguez due to poor competition (Barry plays in the NCAA Division II), but his arm and control are both solid. Roundup: "Rodriguez set a school record this season, striking out 126 batters over 112 2/3 innings. He went 7-3 with a 2.00 ERA."

From Byron Kerr, MASN, 6/28/2011: "Right-hander Manny Rodriguez is one of those many players that have garnered some publicity sense draft day with what they have done on the field, according to Nationals director of player development, Doug Harris. "A guy that grabs me is Manny Rodriguez, our 10th-round pick," Harris said. "He is a really interesting kid. He is former position player who has pitched for a year or a year and a half. He looks like Alex Fernandez." Harris said Rodriguez has displayed tremendous velocity the first few weeks in Florida. "Our scouts had him get up to 96 mph," Harris said. "He leverages a baseball really well. He has got a good feel to pitching. He is a good athlete. He can spin two different breaking balls."

From John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 6/14/2011: "Big-time sleeper prospect, converted third baseman with untapped potential, throws 90-95, curveball and changeup are coming around."

Named by John Sickels on 6/2/2011, along with Dupra and Turnbull, as players he had interest in for his shadow draft.

From John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 5/18/2011: "Former position player converted to the mound, throws 92-95 MPH, secondary pitches coming around. 2.38 ERA with a 111/31 K/BB in 95 innings, 75 hits allowed. Statistics are excellent for context, particularly his K/IP ratio."

Rodriguez signed with the Nats on June 16, 2011.

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