24-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Julio Rodriguez in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Julio Rodriguez Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in May 2014.
The Orioles acquired Rodriguez from the Phillies for outfielder Ronnie Welty, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
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Chicago Cubs Roster
MajorsAlcantara, Arismendy (2B)
AAAAnderson, Lars (OF)
AAAlmora, Albert (OF)
A+Amaya, Gioskar (2B)
ABalaguert, Yasiel (OF)
Julio Rodriguez: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Julio Rodriguez.
Rodriguez opened the year as an unheralded member of the Phillies' "baby aces" at High-A Clearwater but finished the year only overshadowed by the performance of fellow pitching prospect Trevor May. Rodriguez works in the low-90s and relies on deception and movement on his pitches to get outs. He has posted very good strikeout rates during his short minor league career but still has some control issues to iron out. At 21 years old, there is still some time for him to add velocity as he fills out. If that happens, we could be looking at a very good prospect. If the velocity doesn't increase, questions will remain about how effective Rodriguez can be if he makes it to the majors.
Rodriguez, who was an eighth-round pick in the 2008 draft, finished last year a combined 7-3 with a 1.89 ERA and a 126:37 K:BB ratio in 90.1 innings between Short-Season Williamsport and Low-A Lakewood. Rodriguez really started to impress after moving to Lakewood where he posted a 90:22 K:BB ratio in 56.1 innings. Rodriguez's breakout has been attributed to a velocity increase on his fastball (reportedly he was hitting as high as 93 or 94 mph while regularly sitting in the low-90s). Rodriguez just turned 20 years old last summer and has turned himself into a prospect to watch.