Bluefield Blue Jays Yorman Rodriguez has collected more hits than any other Blue Jay in the previous 30 days
Let me start by stating three very important facts.
- This is the Blue Jays Yorman Rodriguez, not the Cincinnati Reds Yorman Rodriguez
- The Bluefield Blue Jays play in the Appalachian League which is about 6 levels away from the Major Leagues
- This is not the first time Yorman has put up big numbers
With that out of the way, let us get started.
Who is Yorman Rodriguez?
Rodriguez made his professional debut on June 1st, 2015 after signing as an International Free Agent.
Yorman Agustin Rodriguez is from Maracay, Venezuela. He turned 20-yrs-old on July 23rd and stands 5-foot-10. He throws and bats right-handed and has split his time between 1st and catcher.
We’ve Got History
During his rookie season (2015) Rodriguez was used primarily at 1st (33 GP), playing only 17 games behind the dish for the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Blue Jays. He finished 2015 slashing .335/.413/.455 with 9 doubles, 5 triples, and 2 HR with 45 RBI in 61GP. Yorman walked more (20) than he struck out (17) and flashed some speed with 12 stolen bases.
He returned to the DSL in 2016, dominating once again. His stay in the DSL lasted 46 games before heading to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays on July 30th, 2016, giving him his first taste of North American baseball.
The 19-yr-old was still playing most of his game at 1st (36) primarily versus catcher (25) but continued to post impressive numbers at the dish. Across two levels, Rodriguez slashed .318/.379/.438 with 14 doubles, 3 triples, and 3 HR with 40 RBI. He still flashed some speed with 14 stolen bases while walking 16 times and striking out 22 times in 67 games.
The Blue Jays attempted to have Yorman skip Bluefield, deciding to try him in the Northwest League with the Vancouver Canadians (SS A-Ball). He collected hits in 2-of-5 games but batted just .190 before being sent to Bluefield (Rookie-Ball).
After batting .273 in July (8GP), Yorman Rodriguez went off in July slashing .385/.412/.459 with 5 doubles and a HR while driving in 14 runs. On most nights, Manager Dennis Holmberg has batted Yorman 3rd in the order, taking advantage of 20-yr-olds hot bat.
With Bluefield, Rodriguez has seen his BB% fall to 2.6 but continues to maintain a low 10.4 K%. He has found stealing bases more challenging as well, being caught 4-out-of-6 attempts. While he has posted a career high .391 BABIP he is sporting a career low .063 ISO.
Over the past 30 days, Yorman Rodriguez has gone 39-for-101, collecting the most hits of any other major league Blue Jays player or minor league Blue Jays prospect.
When Rodriguez steps to the plate the three most frequent outcomes are single (47), ground out (33), or fly out (26).
His batted ball breakdown shows more ground balls (58) than line drives (34) or fly balls (32).
The 20-yr-old C/1st/DH prospect uses the whole field with most of hits landing in LF (26), RF (25), or SS (20).
Yorman Rodriguez has shown promise with the bat during his 3 seasons in the Blue Jays system. It appears the Blue Jays will continue to split his playing time between DH and catcher. At 5-foot-10, it is unlikely that he will see much playing time at 1st moving forward. If he can’t produce more power with the bat, he is unlikely to stick at DH. This means that he should start seeing more and more time as a catcher.
Unfortunately, Toronto selected catchers with their 2nd and 3rd round picks in this year’s draft, which means that Yorman Rodriguez will likely progress slowly. I don’t see him moving up to Vancouver in 2017 and should start next season in Extended Spring Training before starting the schedule with the Canadians.
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