Ronny Rodriguez

Ronny Rodriguez

30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  Foreign
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$Signed a contract with the Wei Chuan Dragons of the CPBL in January of 2022.
Heading to CPBL
2BFree Agent  F
January 19, 2022
Rodriguez signed a contract with the Wei Chuan Dragons of the Chinese Professional Baseball League on Wednesday.
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Rodriguez spent the 2021 campaign in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, and he'll remain overseas after hitting .197/.216/.426 for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He last saw big-league action with Detroit in 2019 and posted a .690 OPS in 84 games.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Ronny Rodriguez
The Z Files: The Fallacy of Stabilization and an Early Look at Home Runs
April 10, 2021
Todd Zola offers some thoughts on early-season trends, including the home run surge led by Nick Castellanos and the Reds.
The Z Files: The Relationship Between HR and Flyball Average Exit Velocity
January 30, 2020
Todd Zola takes a deep dive into average exit velocity on flyballs and discovers that Gio Urshela's power display last year may not have been fueled by luck after all.
Games Played By Position: 2020 Eligibility Notes
October 16, 2019
Clay Link looks at appearances by position and makes note of multi-position eligibility and lost eligibility for 2020.
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The Tigers' continued rebuild brought more opportunities to players like Rodriguez, though it's hard to say he made the most of them. He showed decent power, hitting 14 homers in 294 plate appearances, but he was quite poor at getting on base, finishing the year with a .221/.252/.438 slash line. He's unlikely to suddenly fix that flaw in his age-28 season, given that he's only once recorded a walk rate north of 5% in his nine-year professional career (and even that was only 5.6%). Despite his respectable pop, Rodriguez's wRC+ came out to just 72. He was claimed off waivers by the Brewers in December, but probably won't break camp with Milwaukee, and may not even stick on the 40-man roster through the offseason. He has two minor-league options remaining, so he will likely begin the year at Triple-A.
Rodriguez reached the majors for the first time last season as a 26-year-old and played quite a bit with the Tigers not competitive and mostly in evaluation mode. He didn't do much with his opportunities at the big-league level but did hit an impressive .338/.365/.558 in 63 games for Triple-A Toledo last season. Rodriguez was never particularly well-regarded as a prospect and has a career minor-league walk rate of just 4.1%. Jose Iglesias became a free agent, but the team brought in Jordy Mercer to take the reins at shortstop. Rodriguez appears to be best suited for a utility role anyway, though he may not even be good enough for that as his glove graded out as a fairly significant negative at every infield position except second base, according to both UZR and DRS.
In four professional seasons, Rodriguez has never posted an OBP higher than .300, which was his mark at High-A in 2012. He repeated Double-A last season, and his offensive numbers were down across the board compared to his 2013 campaign, so his prospect stock is in significant decline. A former shortstop prospect, Rodriguez played 45 games at second base, 40 games at third base, and 23 games at first base in 2014, and considering his plus arm and the makeup of the big league roster, third base would seem like the best fit. However, he has just 10 home runs in 234 games at Double-A over the past two seasons, which won't be enough for him to profile as a big league third baseman. That makes it difficult to envision a path to the major leagues for Rodriguez without significant offensive improvement in 2015.
Rodriguez saw his home-run output drop in his Double-A debut which isn't surprising given his inability to control the strike zone (16:76 BB:K in 498 plate appearances). He'll need to do a much better job of that as he moves up the ladder, otherwise he will get carved up by more advanced competition. His main fantasy tool is the potential to provide plus-power for a middle infielder, making it imperative that he begins to develop a more refined approach and improved plate discipline. The middle infield is very crowded in Cleveland, which should offer Rodriguez plenty of extra development time and a return to Akron to begin the season if the Indians choose to go that route.
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Parts ways with Milwaukee
2BFree Agent  F
November 2, 2020
Rodriguez elected free agency Monday.
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Sticking in organization
2BMilwaukee Brewers  F
September 16, 2020
The Brewers outrighted Rodriguez to their alternate training site Wednesday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Cast off 40-man roster
2BMilwaukee Brewers  F
September 14, 2020
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Sent to San Antonio
2BMilwaukee Brewers  F
March 19, 2020
Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday.
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Still in mix for utility spot
2BMilwaukee Brewers  F
March 11, 2020
Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Tuesday's spring game against the Royals.
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