While the Mets have given out seven-figure bonuses to five different players across the past three international periods, they also have found some serious value in cheaper, under-the-radar signings. Rodriguez, who signed for $10,000 -- an amount that does not count against a team’s international bonus pool -- in July 2018, falls into the latter group. A switch-hitter who has shown an ability to play multiple positions including catcher early in his career, the Dominican native made a smooth transition from the Dominican Summer League to the Rookie Gulf Coast League in 2019, albeit while missing time with a hamstring injury.
Combining an advanced approach and natural bat-to-ball skills, Rodriguez makes a lot of contact and sprays hits to all fields from both sides of the plate. He drives the ball better as a left-handed hitter, showing flashes of raw power that should begin to translate into more usable power as he gets stronger. While a penchant for contact points to more of a hit-over-power future profile, there are some evaluators who think Rodriguez will surprise with his power output.
Rodriguez’s bat will become even more valuable if he can remain behind the plate. He’s an athletic and agile defender who moves well behind the plate, with solid catch-and-throw skills that should continue to improve. He runs well enough to play an outfield corner and also has seen time at first base early in his career. While Mets are intrigued by Rodriguez’s potential in the outfield and will continue to get him reps there, developing him behind the plate is still their top priority.