Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Boston Red Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Rodriguez again teased top-of-the-rotation skills, but fell short of a breakout season. Unfortunately, if 2018 is going to be the year, he'll have to overcome a late start as he's out until May or June after undergoing reconstructive surgery on the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee in October. Knee woes are not new to Rodriguez -- he made a 45-day visit to the disabled list after hurting his right knee while warming up for his June 1 start. When he returned, he admittedly altered his mechanics, helping explain a 2.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP pre-June 1 compared to 5.16/1.39 after. Rodriguez will be just 25 when he returns next season, and his plus changeup is a great weapon against right-handers. He has the stuff to whiff a hitter an inning, so if Rodriguez can shave off a couple walks and do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard, he could pay off handsomely as a stash. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $2.375 million deal with the Red Sox in January of 2018 to avoid arbitration.
Tabbed for Game 4 start
PBoston Red Sox
October 27, 2018
Rodriguez will start Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.
Nathan Eovaldi was originally scheduled to start Game 4, but he won't be able to pitch for a few days after throwing six innings in relief in Game 3, giving Rodriguez an opportunity to start in the World Series. The southpaw will face a Dodgers lineup that relies heavily on platoons to exploit batter/pitcher matchups, though he doesn't have signiicantly different numbers against righties (.238 BAA) and lefties (.234 BAA). He'll be opposed by fellow left-hander Rich Hill.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .262 316 92 24 74 14 2 7
Since 2016vs Right .234 1277 304 111 270 59 4 44
2018vs Left .234 104 37 6 22 5 0 3
2018vs Right .238 449 109 39 97 11 3 13
2017vs Left .284 115 30 9 29 4 2 3
2017vs Right .230 467 120 41 97 29 1 16
2016vs Left .267 97 25 9 23 5 0 1
2016vs Right .235 361 75 31 76 19 0 15
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Since 2016Home 4.56 1.42 177.2 9 10 0 9.9 3.5 1.2
Since 2016Away 3.90 1.16 196.1 13 9 0 9.2 3.0 1.3
2018Home 3.70 1.32 73.0 7 4 0 10.2 2.7 0.7
2018Away 3.97 1.20 56.2 6 1 0 10.0 3.7 1.6
2017Home 4.47 1.47 58.1 2 2 0 11.0 4.2 1.1
2017Away 3.99 1.14 79.0 4 5 0 9.0 2.6 1.4
2016Home 6.02 1.51 46.1 0 4 0 8.2 4.1 1.9
2016Away 3.71 1.14 60.2 3 3 0 8.6 2.8 0.9
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How does Eduardo Rodriguez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A spring training knee injury kept Rodriguez on the disabled list to start the season, then his recovery took longer than anyone expected. It took him some time to develop confidence in the knee, and once he did, the left-hander was hit hard, wasn't throwing breaking balls, and experienced yet another bout of pitch-tipping. After spending some time at Triple-A Pawtucket mid-summer eliminating the pitch-tipping, Rodriguez was summoned back to Boston after the All-Star break. In 14 second-half starts, he posted a 3.24 ERA and 1.13 WHIP while striking out 9.15 batters per nine innings. While the overall numbers weren't pretty, overcoming the first-half adversity was a real positive. He's expected to open the season in the rotation, though he tweaked his knee during winter ball and will not pitch again until the spring. Make sure to keep tabs on his availability during drafts, as this was the same knee that delayed his debut last season.
Boston's plan to go with a starting rotation that didn't feature a true "ace" was fraught with problems and those problems showed up early. Starters got hit hard, they weren't going deep into games, and relievers were getting taxed. The organization reached into its minor leagues, where they had three prospect left-handers pitching at Triple-A Pawtucket, including Rodriguez. He got a spot start late in May when Boston went to a temporary six-man rotation and he pitched so well, that he stayed in the rotation for the rest of the season. Rodriguez is poised on the mound, and used an above-average three-pitch mix in allowing just one run in his first three starts. In his fourth start, Rodriguez had problems tipping his pitches - something that recurred a few more times during the season, but overall it was a good first season. He finished up allowing just one earned run in five of his last seven starts. He dislocated his kneecap early in camp, and appears unlikely to make his regular season debut until late April, so he should be slightly discounted on draft day.
Rodriguez entered the 2014 season ranked as a top prospect in the Orioles' organization, so expectations were high when he was Double-A Bowie's Opening Day starter. However, the smooth lefty was roughed up early on and he suffered a sprained knee that kept him out until late May. He had some spotty success after his return, but issued too many walks overall and wasn't getting deep into games. His fortunes changed when he was dealt to Boston for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Rodriguez credited advice from Double-A Portland's pitching coach, Bob Kipper, for his strong finish. Kipper encouraged Rodriguez to use his changeup and slider to both sides of the plate as well as administering some mechanical adjustments. The end result was a 3-1 record with a microscopic 0.96 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.1 innings. The Red Sox may have gotten the steal of the trade deadline, landing a potential ace for a three-month rental on a reliever. Rodriguez should open the 2015 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he finished up the 2014 season, pitching one game in the playoffs.
Rodriguez continues to shoot up Baltimore's prospect chart after a year in which he topped out at Double-A as a 20-year-old. He throws three pitches and missed more bats after moving from High-A (7.0 K/9, 2.6 BB/9) to Double-A (8.9 K/9, 3.6 BB/9). The Orioles are stocked with aging pitching prospects and Rodriguez is the only starter who might have a shot of making his MLB debut this season. Look for Rodriguez to begin the season in Double-A Bowie and possibly debut before the end of the season if he continues to pitch well in his ascent through the Orioles' system.
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Takes fifth loss
PBoston Red Sox
September 29, 2018
Rodriguez (12-5) took the loss Saturday against the Yankees, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks across two innings. He struck out two.
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Not starting this weekend
PBoston Red Sox
September 27, 2018
Rodriguez will not start during the Red Sox's three-game set against the Yankees this weekend, Chad Jennings of The Athletic reports.
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Available out of bullpen
PBoston Red Sox
September 26, 2018
Manager Alex Cora said Rodriguez is expected to pitch an inning of relief against the Orioles on Wednesday or versus the Yankees on Friday. If he doesn't make an appearance in either contest, he could take the mound for a "short start" this weekend, Chris Cotillo of reports.
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Surrenders five earned
PBoston Red Sox
September 20, 2018
Rodriguez allowed five earned runs on four hits and seven walks while striking out four across 3.2 innings Thursday against the Yankees. He did not factor into the decision.
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Pitches well in no-decision
PBoston Red Sox
September 13, 2018
Rodriguez earned a quality start in Thursday's victory over the Blue Jays, but he settled for a no-decision. He allowed one earned run, five hits and no walks while striking out seven over six innings.
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