Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Yorman Rodriguez took part in the Major League Baseball Futures Game here in Cincinnati on Sunday. The outfielder went 0-4 in the game with two strikeouts. In his first at-bat he struck out on a 98 MPH fastball just above the top of the strikezone. Later in the game he just missed a home run on a foul ball and he lined the next pitch foul as well. The final pitch of the at-bat was a long fly out to the right field warning track to his Louisville Bats teammate Kyle Waldrop.

I talked with a few people before the game about Rodriguez.  Two that I talked to said they thought he was mostly a 4th outfielder with a chance to be a corner guy if the plate discipline improves. One guy had a bit more optimistic view on him, saying he thought he could cover you in center if needed, but more of a right fielder who could start, but wasn’t sure exactly how much average he would hit for. Liked the defensive tools and has 15-20 HR pop to develop into.

Rodriguez was in the first group for the World Team during batting practice. I missed recording some of his trips through, in fact only grabbing one round and it wasn’t one where he put several into the seats, including an impressive one to right field.


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