Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The signs are pointing up for Rodriquez with the dreaded caveat: if he can stay healthy. While the lefty has started at least 20 games the past four seasons, 24 is his career high, posted in 2017, accruing a career-best 137.1 innings. The optimist insists most of the time lost was from a knee issue surgically repaired last spring. The pessimist notes he lost around six weeks after spraining his ankle in a collision while covering first. The optimist emphasizes he hasn’t had a major arm injury. On the mound, Rodriguez’s strikeout rate has increased each season of his career while his walk rate has dropped the last two, the root of the glass-half-full outlook. Other than staying healthy, Rodriguez needs to be better the third time through the order if he wants to take the next step. Rodriguez enters 2019 entrenched in the Red Sox rotation. His wins and whiffs project to be fantasy friendly. Accept the injury discount and hope his DL visits are over. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.3 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Error costs him win
PBoston Red Sox
April 19, 2019
Rodriguez allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts and a walk across 5.1 innings during a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.
ANALYSIS
An error in the sixth led to Rodriguez giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, but it cost him the win. He couldn't finish the frame, and the Rays tied the game with the two runs. Still, this was a better outing for Rodriguez. He has ugly numbers, but he's pitched better in his last two appearances. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 7.20 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 20 innings across four starts. His next start should come at home against the Tigers on Wednesday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .265 235 71 16 56 9 2 9
Since 2017vs Right .239 994 246 86 215 47 5 30
2019vs Left .333 16 4 1 5 0 0 3
2019vs Right .296 78 17 6 21 7 1 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-71%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.98 1.34 138.0 10 6 0 10.6 3.2 0.9
Since 2017Away 4.47 1.26 149.0 10 8 0 9.4 3.2 1.5
2019Home 2.70 0.45 6.2 1 0 0 10.8 0.0 1.4
2019Away 9.45 2.25 13.1 0 2 0 8.8 4.7 2.0
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
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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.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
7.20
 
WHIP
1.65
 
BABIP
.383
 
GB/FB
1.45
 
Strand %
58.6%
 
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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.
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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Secures first win
PBoston Red Sox
April 12, 2019
Rodriguez (1-2) picked up the win Friday after allowing two runs on three hits and striking out eight over 6.2 innings against Baltimore.
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Shelled for six earned
PBoston Red Sox
April 4, 2019
Rodriguez (0-2) allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two across 3.2 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Athletics.
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Has gameplan questioned
PBoston Red Sox
March 31, 2019
Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie questioned Rodriguez's game plan and pitch mix following Saturday's loss to the Mariners, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
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Yields six runs in defeat
PBoston Red Sox
March 30, 2019
Rodriguez (0-1) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out five and walking three over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.
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Next outing pushed back a day
PBoston Red Sox
March 19, 2019
Rodriguez will not make his scheduled start Tuesday with Boston's game against Toronto cancelled due to rain, and will instead pitch Wednesday in a minor-league game, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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