When the Reds signed Rodriguez, a native of Cuba, with a $7 million bonus in 2016, they knew they had a player who was glove-first and didn't have much of a hitting resume. That has remained the case after two-plus years of Minor League baseball. It also puts the organization in a bit of a quandary. Can Alf-Rod's glove alone carry him to the big leagues?
Offensively, Rodriguez hasn't shown much sign of progressing. That could partially be because of a hamate bone issue in 2018 that required two trips to the disabled list. But he also played in the instructional league and Arizona Fall League after the season and still didn't hit well. Plate discipline remains a stumbling block as he often swings and misses pitches out of the strike zones. A light hitter like Rodriguez needs to work counts and draw walks to get on base.
The contrast couldn't be wider on the defensive side. His hands could be a 70 on the 20-to-80 scouting scale and he has good range and a plus arm to go with them, making it possible to make all the routine plays and many spectacular ones as well. Although his glove could play in the big leagues, the reality is that Rodriguez is a projectable utility player at best if he doesn't figure out how to hit.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Louisville Bats from Chattanooga Lookouts.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Chattanooga Lookouts.
Cincinnati Reds invited non-roster SS Alfredo Rodriguez to spring training.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Caneros de los Mochis.
Daytona Tortugas activated SS Alfredo Rodriguez from the 7-day injured list.
Daytona Tortugas sent SS Alfredo Rodriguez on a rehab assignment to AZL Reds.
Daytona Tortugas placed SS Alfredo Rodriguez on the 7-day disabled list.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos placed SS Alfredo Rodriguez on the 7-day disabled list.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Pensacola Blue Wahoos from Daytona Tortugas.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Daytona Tortugas from Louisville Bats.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Louisville Bats from DSL Reds.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to Cincinnati Reds.
SS Alfredo Rodriguez assigned to DSL Reds.
Cincinnati Reds signed free agent SS Alfredo Rodriguez to a minor league contract.