Emmanuel Rodriguez

21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Minnesota Twins AA
7-Day IL
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Est. Return 7/22/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Known heading into 2023 as one of the most alluring sluggers in the lower minors, Rodriguez essentially treaded water at High-A. His 16 home runs, .223 ISO and 36.5 Hard% were at or maybe slightly below expectations over 99 games, and his 29.5 percent strikeout rate did nothing to lessen long-term hit tool concerns. He hit .287 with a 26.5 percent strikeout rate in 42 games after the All-Star break while maintaining an elite 21.4 percent walk rate, so there were signs of improvements down the stretch. Until further notice, Rodriguez projects as a three-true-outcomes slugger who will be better in OBP leagues than batting average leagues and could run into a wall against upper-level pitchers who can locate and throw multiple offerings for strikes. Unlike most corner-outfield sluggers, Rodriguez has enough speed to steal double-digit bases early in his career. He can handle center field in a pinch and has a plus arm that would fit well in right field. Rodriguez is already on the 40-man roster, but he probably won't be big-league ready until sometime in 2025. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.7 million contract with the Twins in July of 2019.
Begins rehab assignment
OFMinnesota Twins  AA
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July 7, 2024
Rodriguez (thumb) began a rehab assignment Saturday in the rookie-level Florida Complex League and 2-for-4 with two doubles, one walk, two RBI and one run in his first game.
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Rodriguez sprained his thumb June 5 while sliding into second base on a double and landed on Double-A Wichita's 7-day injured list two days later. The 21-year-old outfielder slashed .298/.479/.621 with eight home runs and nine stolen bases over 167 plate appearances with Wichita prior to landing on the shelf.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Among legitimate prospects, nobody hit the ball hard more regularly than Rodriguez last season, as his 50.0 Hard% and 10.0 Soft% are elite marks that were generally only matched by big leaguers on rehab assignments. This is what 80-grade raw power looks like. Unfortunately, Rodriguez needed season-ending knee surgery after slashing .272/.492/.551 with nine home runs, a 28.6 BB% and a 26.1 K% in 47 games at Single-A. The big question going forward will be what kind of strikeout rates Rodriguez logs against High-A and Double-A pitching. His contact in the zone was fringe-average and he was too passive, but he also rarely chased bad pitches. It's possible that Rodriguez develops into a cleanup hitter who is regularly near the top of Statcast leaderboards, and it's also possible he is more of a three-true-outcome type who hits fifth or sixth due to a propensity to strike out.
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Lands on IL with sprained thumb
OFMinnesota Twins  AA
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June 7, 2024
Double-A Wichita placed Rodriguez on the 7-day injured list Friday due to a sprained thumb, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
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Back in action Wednesday
OFMinnesota Twins  AA
May 1, 2024
Rodriguez (hand) will start in center field and bat leadoff Wednesday for Double-A Wichita in its matchup with Northwest Arkansas.
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Hurt after sliding into second
OFMinnesota Twins  AA
Undisclosed
April 25, 2024
Rodriguez left Wednesday's game at Double-A Wichita in the seventh inning after suffering an undisclosed injury during a stolen-base attempt, TwinsDaily.com reports.
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Hot start at Double-A
OFMinnesota Twins  AA
April 13, 2024
Rodriguez is hitting .391 with three home runs and a 1.548 OPS through seven games for Double-A Wichita.
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Optioned to Double-A
OFMinnesota Twins  AA
March 12, 2024
The Twins optioned Rodriguez to Double-A Wichita on Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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