Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a two-run single, a stolen base and two runs in High-A Everett's win over Hillsboro on Thursday.
The prized prospect had started the season off with a 1-for-9 tally that included four strikeouts over his first two games, but Rodriguez broke out nicely Thursday. If the 20-year-old begins generating the type of stellar production expected of him, a jump all the way to Triple-A Tacoma wouldn't necessarily be out of the question, as the organization's decision to assign him to the AquaSox was seen as somewhat conservative given Rodriguez's talent.
Rodriguez will open the year at High-A Everett.
This is a surprising assignment for a player who doesn't seem too far from being big-league ready, but Everett is close to Seattle, while Seattle's Double-A affiliate is in Arkansas. While Rodriguez will likely have no trouble against High-A pitching, he has two levels separating him from the majors, so it is unlikely he gets the call anytime soon.
Rodriguez was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Rodriguez appeared in 17 Cactus League games this spring and slashed .333/.444/.600 with two home runs, four RBI and three stolen bases. However, he'll now join the team's minor-league camp with just under a week remaining until the regular season, and he should eventually report to Double-A Arkansas or Triple-A Tacoma to begin the year.
Rodriguez has belted both of his spring home runs over his last two starts and is now hitting .308 (8-for-26) with two doubles, four RBI, five walks, two stolen bases and five runs in addition to the pair of round trippers across 15 Cactus League games.
The phenom increasingly looks like a player who will be facing big-league arms in regular-season action before long, with his blast against the Brewers' Brad Boxberger on Sunday going to the deepest part of the park in left-center field. That followed a bomb Wednesday against the Royals that Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports boasted a blistering 115 mph in exit velocity. Manager Scott Servais has noted Rodriguez is progressively working deeper into counts and doing a better job against breaking pitches compared to earlier in spring. "It's just maturing and understanding that the more baseball you play, you get a better understanding of where you're at and how to make adjustments throughout," Servais said.
Rodriguez is hitting .286 (4-for-14) with a double, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base and a run across his first eight Cactus League games.
Six of the prized prospect's 10 outs have come on strikeouts -- a reminder he's still in need of some seasoning, as he hasn't yet played above High-A and missed out on a year of development in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor-league season and a wrist injury. That said, Rodriguez is getting consistent opportunities against big-league arms thus far, and depending on how he fares for the remainder of spring training, he'll very likely open the new season at either Double-A Arkansas or Triple-A Tacoma.
Rodriguez (quadriceps) delivered a walkoff bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to close out the Mariners' 5-4 Cactus League win over the Padres on Sunday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
The prized prospect wasted no time getting his spring audition off to a productive start, corroborating the health of his previously ailing quadriceps by logging three at-bats overall as the designated hitter during the contest. Rodriguez correctly anticipated a slider from San Diego reliever Parker Markel on the first pitch in his final trip to the batter's box after being dealt a healthy helping of off-speed offerings in his prior pair of plate appearances, a sign of the offensive maturation the coaching staff has been crediting him with. "They know what kind of hitter I am," Rodriguez said. "I was just expecting that first slider right there. I just took advantage of it and drove it to the middle for the 'dub,' which is good. I was already pretty confident because I knew the shape I came into camp. But getting that first hit and getting that first 'dub' was really cool to me."
Rodriguez (quadriceps) won't be debuting this season, team president Kevin Mather said in a talk with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club in early February that was posted to the club's official YouTube channel.
Rodriguez has played only 17 games at the High-A level and was denied the chance to keep advancing through the Mariners' system after the minor-league season was canceled last year, but he's a very talented young player who could potentially help the Mariners as soon as this summer. While the team could theoretically change its tune if they're in the thick of a playoff race, Mather's speech contained quite a few references to the sort of service-time manipulation that organizations typically keep quiet about, so a debut a few weeks into the 2022 season seems like the most likely outcome.
Rodriguez (quadriceps) was invited to the Mariners' major-league camp Thursday, Lauren Smith of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Rodriguez probably won't be competing for an Opening Day roster spot given that he's yet to reach Double-A and has played just 17 games at the High-A level, but he's a huge talent and could potentially make his big-league debut sometime this summer despite his inexperience. He went through a difficult 2020 season, fracturing his wrist in July and then suffering a quadriceps injury in the Dominican Winter League, but there's been no indication either issue will significantly affect him this season.
Rodriguez suffered from quadriceps discomfort while playing in a game Tuesday for Dominican Winter League club Leones del Escogido.
Rodriguez will presumably be evaluated over the next few days before a determination is made on his status for the remainder of the DWL season. After the 2020 minor-league season was cancelled and he missed extended time at the Mariners' alternate training site with a fractured wrist, Rodriguez chose to head to the Dominican Republic for the winter to make up for the lost developmental work.
Rodriguez (wrist) is back to participating in baseball activities at the Mariners' alternate training site in Tacoma, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
The elite prospect continues to recover at a steady clip, as Drayer adds that general manager Jerry Dipoto estimates Rodriguez could be back in intrasquad games within the next week as well. Rodriguez already shifted to a soft cast earlier in August, and it appears he'll have a chance to get plenty of work in during September ahead of the offseason.
Rodriguez (wrist) had his hard cast removed Tuesday and transitioned to a soft cast.
The 19-year-old was limited to one-handed swings since sustaining the hairline fracture in mid-July, and he'll continue working to regain the strength in his left wrist. Rodriguez was initially given a 4-to-6 week recovery timeline, so he's unlikely to gain full clearance until the latter stages of August.
Mariners general manager Jerry DiPoto said that Rodriguez (wrist) will have his cast removed Tuesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Rodriguez has been limited to one-handed swings since suffering a hairline fracture in his left wrist in mid-July, but he should be able to take full hacks at the plate shortly after the cast is removed. The Mariners estimated that Rodriguez was expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks due to the injury, so he likely won't be ready to play in simulated games at the team's alternate training site in Tacoma until the second half of August.
Rodriguez, who suffered a hairline fracture in his left wrist Wednesday, was already taking one-handed swings in the batting cage Monday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez is supposed to be shut down from all baseball activities for 4-to-6 weeks and officially isn't expected to be ready for game action until the Dominican Winter League at the earliest. However, manager Scott Servais noted Monday that Rodriguez's abundance of energy led to the 19-year-old taking his hacks in the cage, as Rodriguez is determined to stay in shape through his recovery. Whether the prospect's clear desire to compete can translate to a quicker-than-expected return remains to be seen, but Monday's development at least implies Rodriguez will likely push for the chance to remain involved in baseball activities as much as possible.
Rodriguez won't require surgery on the hairline fracture in his left wrist, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Rodriguez suffered his wrist injury during a baserunning drill Wednesday, and he'll be shut down for 4-6 weeks as he recovers. Given the lengthy recovery timeline, it's unlikely that he'll be able to make his major-league debut during the abbreviated 2020 season. Rodriguez is one of the top position prospects in baseball and hit .326/.390/.540 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in the minors last season.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Rodriguez suffered a hairline fracture in his left wrist and is scheduled to undergo more tests, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
The Mariners will await the results of Rodriguez's tests before determining whether surgery is necessary and pinpointing a target date for his return, but Servais acknowledged that the 19-year-old will be "on hold for a while" after suffering the injury while diving for a ball in drills Wednesday, per Corey Brock of The Athletic. At the very least, Rodriguez will presumably be shut down for multiple weeks, thereby decreasing the likelihood of him making his MLB debut at any point in 2020. After an impressive 2019 season in the lower levels of the minors, Rodriguez further cemented his status as one of baseball's top position prospects by slashing .288/.397/.365 with a 10:8 K:BB to go with four stolen bases against stiffer competition at the Arizona Fall League.
Rodriguez appeared to injure himself during a baserunning/situational drill Wednesday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
He apparently made and awkward dive forward and may have injured his wrist, but the specifics aren't clear yet. Rodriguez walked gingerly back to the dugout with a trainer. The 19-year-old phenom was not expected play in the majors this season.
Rodriguez was officially cleared to join summer camp Thursday and participated in his first workout Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez becomes the second-youngest player in the Mariners' summer camp, behind only 18-year-old Noelvi Marte. The team did not elaborate on the reason why Rodriguez wasn't previously in attendance, but he played catch with fellow elite prospect Jarred Kelenic in the outfield Friday and is expected to participate in morning workouts over the weekend before potentially joining intrasquad games early next week. "We'll get him up to speed," Mariners manager Scott Servais said Friday morning. "We're excited to have him on the field. We're looking forward to that. Everybody knows the energy he brings, and he and Noelvi Marte are the best of friends, so they'll both have big smiles on their faces as they go through the workouts and get going in the games here, that's for sure."
Rodriguez is in the 60-man player pool that will report to the Mariners' summer camp, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The promising 19-year-old appears highly unlikely to make the Opening Day cut, but he'll have a chance to continue his development during both summer camp and as part of a pool of 30 players not on the active roster once the regular season begins. Rodriguez's stint last season at High-A Modesto, where he slashed a jaw-dropping .462/.514/.738 across 72 plate appearances, certainly whet the appetite of both the organization and those holding him in dynasty formats, but his .154/.267/.154 slash over 15 Cactus League games this spring serves as a reminder he's still in need of further seasoning.
Mariners CEO John Stanton said Wednesday that he expects Rodriguez to be on the 30-man taxi squad this year, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Speaking on 710 ESPN Seattle, Stanton named Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic, Cal Raleigh, Logan Gilbert, George Kirby and Emerson Hancock as likely candidates for the 30-man taxi squad. It has been rumored that players on the taxi squad will not accumulate major-league service time, so we will likely see many other top prospects around baseball traveling and working out with their respective big-league clubs. It's anyone's guess as to how many of them will end up actually playing in big-league games in 2020.
Rodriguez isn't likely to make his big-league debut during the coming season even if rosters are expanded as currently proposed, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
The 19-year-old decimated pitching at his first two professional stops in 2019, but he's yet to play above the High-A level. His overall lack of experience simply renders him insufficiently prepared to face big-league pitching on an everyday basis, and neither the extra roster spots that should be at manager Scott Servais' disposal nor a potential cancellation of the minor-league season are expected to change the strategy. However, if the latter circumstance does come to pass, it's certainly conceivable Rodriguez is part of a possible 20-man taxi squad that will ostensibly be made up of an organization's top prospects from various levels of the minors.
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