Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Alfredo Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a hamate injury. Rodriguez, a Cuban shortstop that the Reds signed in July of 2016, had been playing with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos to begin the season. Things hadn’t been going well in the first week-and-a-half at the plate for the 23-year-old. In 29 plate appearances he was hitting .192/.276/.192. In the most recent seven games played, he had one hit. He had hit the ball out of the infield three times on the season. Perhaps the hamate had been bothering him a little longer than he had realized and on Saturday it all came to a head.

While the bat hadn’t been doing much, the defense that Alfredo Rodriguez was showing continued to impress. That side of the ball is what always stood out for him and it didn’t disappoint in the early on-goings of the year. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, as noted on the Blue Wahoos radio broadcast, he may miss as much as the rest of the first half with the injury. Typically, the hamate bone is removed when it’s injured. I have not been able to confirm if this will be the case with Rodriguez at the time I’m typing this.

With hamate injuries, players usually miss anywhere from four weeks to eight weeks. In same rare cases it can be a tad shorter, or longer recovery process (Giancarlo Stanton, for example, missed 3-and-a-half months in 2015). While players come back in that time frame, most players aren’t “back” to their normal selves at the plate for a while after that. Some players don’t seem to be back to normal in terms of power, and how hard they hit the ball after a hamate injury for up to a year after the injury.

Luis Gonzalez called up to Double-A Pensacola

Taking his place on the Blue Wahoos roster is Luis Gonzalez. He’s out to a very strong start in 2018. In 11 games with Daytona, he was hitting .385/.419/.538 on the season, and had at least one hit in 10 games. Last night he got the start for Pensacola and went 1-5 with a double.

Luis Gonzalez is an interesting prospect. Defensively, he was once regarded very well as a shortstop. A lower leg injury at the very end of the 2016 season seemed to slow him down a little bit in 2017 on the defensive side of things. He’s shown good hands and a strong arm, and in 2018 he’s found his way back over to shortstop after spending a majority of the previous season at third base.

At the plate, Luis Gonzalez has good bat speed and there’s a little more pop in his bat that he’s hit for in his Minor League career. He doesn’t strike out much, but he’s also rarely walked in his career. Between the 2016 and 2017 seasons he walked just 26 times in 814 plate appearances. That’s a rate that will need to improve moving forward. And it will probably need to improve by quite a bit. Doubling his walk rate in that stretch would still leave him at a very low walk rate.

19 Responses

  1. Krozley

    Will we even notice a power drain when AlfRod returns? Maybe this is more of a stress fracture and has been going on for a long period of time and once healed, he will have more pop. One can hope.

    Daal has been playing in extended ST and hopefully will be ready soon.

    • Colorado Red

      He has not power, and was a very bad signing.
      Waste of money

  2. Brad

    Who say no:

    Mesoraco to Mets for RHRP Gerson Bautista and RHRP Stephen Nogasek. Mets pick up majority of contract.

    Mesoraco to Mets for Bautista, Nogasek and 3B Mark Vientos . Reds pick up majority of contract.

    Iglesias to Angels for OF Jo Adell, INF Kevin Maitan, RHSP Griffin Canning and LHSP Jose Suarez.

    Iglesias to Braves for RHSP Ian Anderson, LHSP Luiz Gohara, LHSP Joey Wentz and LHSP Kyle Muller.

    • Wes

      I’m looking forward to a backend of Garrett/Peralta/Iglesias in the near future to mimic the world champion royals bullpen.

      As far as Mesoraco- any of those guys from Mets have a pulse? If so, you’re asking for way to much. There’s 50 catchers out there with his same skill set that don’t make 7 million plus. He has absolutely no value.

      • Brad

        I tried to mimic the Broxton salary dump for Astin and Shackelford. Has worked out well for Reds in that each has some value but remains to be seen if either can pitch at major league level.

        I would add that Mesoraco has highest ceiling of available catchers. If healthy, he could be an asset for the Mets, or any other team, desperate for catching.

    • Hanawi

      If they can get Adell from the Angels I’d be all for it
      He and Gore were my favorite prospects in the draft last year. Doubt you’d get him and Maitan though.

      • Brad

        I agree. Tried to copy Andrew Miller to Indians deal for a top 50 guy in Clint Frazier and top 75 guy in Justus Sheffield.

    • Kap

      What About:

      Mez to the Mets for Robert Gsellman and Iglesias to the Twins for Royce Lewis, Stephen Gonsalves, and John Curtiss?

  3. Michael B. Green

    Any kind of Mesoraco trade will likely involve CIN eating some of his salary. Otherwise, the deal will mirror the Phillips return.

    I like the idea helping Mesoraco establish his health going into free agency. If he gets hot, his value could go up but I don’t think his body is ready for catching 5-6 days a week this early in the season.

    If Cinci preserves him leading up the the July deadline and he gets hot, he might fetch something decent.

    I would assume that his a good clubhouse guy and the fact that Barnhart always publicly supports him is probably a good clue about that. Just last year, Barnhart was stating that Mesoraco is the starter rather than publicly challenging him for starting duties.

    You can definitely tell that Mesoraco is a competitor. That’s definitely good for Cinci in this final season for Mez.

  4. asinghoff

    Hamate injury is going to sap all of his power. Is it possible to go from hitting singles to hitting half singles?

    • MikeD

      Exactly my thought asinghoff! I want to know who wanted this guy in the first place? Batting 9th at A level baseball does not indicate the Reds have any belief that he is a hitter.

  5. MK

    Gonzalez had tremendous range at shortstop before the broken ankle. Think he is a kid they rushed to fast to Dayton at age 19. Bat might have finally caught up. Really personable kid with good attitude.

  6. Dave

    Tonights lineups is Pennington starting at 3B. Why? Price is killing me. Why did they bother to bring Alex B up if you aren’t going to play him.

  7. drews4runner

    Is shed long a switch hitter? Over on the game log said he turning around hitting from the right side!

  8. Colorado Red

    Dodgers Acquire Ariel Hernandez From Reds For Zach Neal, Ibandel Isabel
    Bad move by DW.

    • Marvin

      Example of a another bad trade by DW. Reds have to get a better GM if they really want to improve. All the blame can’t be put on Price.

      • Doug Gray

        I don’t think anyone is remotely close to putting all of the blame on Bryan Price.