Hector Rodriguez has been having himself a strong showing in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. The 19-year-old was named the league’s Rookie of the Year after finishing 4th in the league in OPS. Rodriguez kept his strong year going on Monday night in the playoffs with Escogido.

This was the 10th game of the round robin playoffs and Escogido trailed 7-5 in the top of the 9th inning. Rodriguez, the league’s youngest player, was 1-4 on the night out of the #3 spot in the lineup. Junior Lake led off the inning with a bunt single and he remained on first after Jorge Mateo struck out. Rodriguez fell behind 0-1 to former big league Reymin Guduan, but the left-handed pitcher did himself no favors on the second pitch of the at-bat, missing on the inside corner and the young Reds prospect went down and got it, sending it over the fence to tie the game up.

For Rodriguez is was his first home run of the playoffs. It was only the second homer given up by Guduan in 26.1 innings pitched out of the Gigantes bullpen – including the playoffs.

The high of tying up the game for Escogido didn’t last all that long. They would lose in the bottom of the 9th inning on a walk off hit.

Rodriguez is now hitting .279 in the playoffs with a double, home run, seven runs batted in, two walks, and just four strikeouts in his 10 games played (45 plate appearances). He’s even added in a stolen base for good measure.

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16 Responses

  1. RedBB

    This kid is gonna start making some top 100 lists. He’s just outside my top 10 for Reds and that maybe too low.

  2. TR1

    Nice swing! Pretty scarce crowd behind home plate for a playoff game. I know this league carries a lot of passion, but you think they were playing in Tampa.

  3. MBS

    Lefty on Lefty crime, this kid is one to watch. Last year he hit .346/.370/.577 vs LHP. He’s been a reverse split guy the last 3 years, but still hits RHP well. I can’t wait to see what he does when he gets up to AA, hopefully that will be sometime this season.

  4. The Duke

    #16 in the MLB Pipeline 2023 rankings, I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s listed higher when their 2024 rankings come out.

  5. MK

    I’ve said it before he rminds me of Joe Morgan. Appearance and set-up.

  6. BK

    H-Rod has really bolstered his already strong prospect value this winter. I’m looking forward to seeing it translate during full-season ball in 2024!

  7. DaveCT

    This kid will have a cult following in New York.

    Except for one thing.

    • Greenfield Red

      I don’t think Tyler Naquin has a,cult following in NY. That is the guy traded for him… correct?

  8. MK

    I had Hector penciled-in, in my mind, for a return to Dayton to start ‘24 but this winter’s performance might bump him up to the Lookouts.

    • DaveCT

      There’s no one really blocking him at AA. I can’t see Dunn starting the season in Chattanooga, and Cerda has played plenty of RF. And it’d give Jay Allen more CF time at Dayton, that’s for sure. Jorge, too, if they still thinking about that. Two seasons ago, I would have never thought both Hector and Jose Acuna might be starting this year in AA. That’s some great scouting.

      • Optimist

        OK, but put him in Dayton for 6-8 weeks. If he starts hot there move him up and he’ll still get 2/3 of a season in AA. If he stays hot there, he’d be a 20 year old looking at MLB Spring Training in 2025. Would be wild if it happens.

      • DaveCT

        No issue with that at all. Kid rolls out of bed and hits.

      • MBS

        @Dave, if you’re good enough, no one blocks you. It feels like we are getting super deep everywhere in this organization. I think we’ll see him competing for a spot in 2026.

        I’m still thinking he’ll play the first half in A+, and the other half of the season in AA this year. That will set him up for a AA/AAA season in 25.

        I hope Jorge, and O’Donnell can catch up to him by 26. That’s a long way to go for these 3, so fingers crossed.