Sometimes lost amidst the Cleveland Indians best position player prospects, Nellie Rodriguez has been making his name known for the Akron Rubberducks in 2016. While Clint Frazier, Bradley Zimmer, and even Bobby Bradley heap in more national (and local) praise, the 6-foot-2 first baseman continues to show off some impressive power.
The 15th round pick from the 2012 Amateur Draft out of George Washington High School (New York NY) has continued to rise through the ranks of the Tribe's farm system. For instance, while he shares a dugout with Zimmer in Akron, he is a year younger.
In his first full season at Double-A Akron, Rodriguez has gotten to display his trademark right-handed power bat. At the All-Star break, he already has 17 home runs, 21 doubles, and even a pair of triples. While he doesn't possess the speed of some other top prospects, his future path to MLB remains in his ability to dent baseballs.
Statistics via baseball-reference.com
Video courtesy of Jeff Ellis