The 22-year-old will be protected from the Rule 5 draft despite the fact that he's never pitched above High-A level. He's only ever made three starts at High-A, tossing 9.1 scoreless innings in 2019. He missed all of 2018 and most of 2019 with back issues, so the fact that the Angels felt the need to protect him despite his lack of experience indicates that they're presumably quite high on his future.
Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Added to 40-man roster
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