The 2015 season was a big one for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yorman Rodriguez. Or at least it was supposed to be. Despite being just 22-years-old, it was the last season in which he could be sent to the minor leagues on an option. As we looked at things earlier this week in his Prospect Profile, he started out the 2015 season slow but was able to really turn things around before being injured in late July. That injury would end his season, costing him valuable time in August and September in the big leagues when the Reds were trying anyone and everyone in their outfield.
Rodriguez got a late start to the Venezuelan Winter League, but he’s played for the last two-and-a-half weeksfor Bravos de Margarita. In 11 of his 12 games he’s reached base, going hitless in just two games. The outfielder is currently riding a 7-game hitting streak where he’s had three multi-hit games. He’s had three doubles and a home run in that span.
In the 50 plate appearances he has gotten so far since taking the field on November 4th, Rodriguez has hit a .318/.400/.500 with six extra-base hits, four walks, a steal and he’s scored eight runs. He’s been quite productive in a short amount of time in what is his first real experience in the Venezuelan Winter League.
The Venezuelan Winter League season runs through December before the playoffs begin in January. Short of a miracle, Margarita is going to be on the outside looking in as they are easily in last place at this point in time and would need to really go on a big run. That leaves about 100 or so plate appearances remaining this winter for Rodriguez to make up for time lost due to injury in 2015 and get ready to go for the 2016 season at the big league level.