After playing the entire game in center for the LIDOM (Dominican Winter League) All-Star team as they faced off against the LBPRC (Puerto Rican Winter League) over the weekend, Hector Rodriguez returned to the lineup for Escogido on Monday night and picked up where he left off before the All-Star break.
The 19-year-old outfielder, who remains the youngest player in the league, doubled in his first at-bat of the game. After being retired in the next two trips to the plate he came through with singles singles in the 6th and 8th innings. Rodriguez would finish the night 3-5 with a double and raise his average to .317 (33 for 104) in 28 games played. He hasn’t walked much – just three times – so his on-base percentage is a bit low given his average, but he’s sporting a .343 mark there. His slugging is currently .471, though it should be a tad higher if not for him missing home plate on a home run and it being ruled as a triple.
Rodriguez has had hits in 22 of his 28 games played for Escogido, but one of the hitless games came in a game in which he had just one at-bat. Monday night’s game was the 8th game of the season in which he picked up multiple hits. It was also his 2nd 3-hit game of the season.
When it comes to the Reds farm system, Hector Rodriguez is one of just three guys playing regularly in winter ball right now. Noelvi Marte looked like he was going to join them but after an injury he was shut down. Jose Barrero is playing most nights in the Dominican Winter League, but he’s struggled with Estrellas, hitting .172/.306/.224 in 23 games. Carlos Sanchez is playing most days for Perth down in Australia, but they don’t play games every day. He’s been limited to just six games after joining the club during their second week of play and has gone 4-19 (.211) with two walks and four strikeouts.