That left Rodriguez one level down, as he punished Florida State League opponents with 18 home runs, 72 RBI and a surprising 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts last season. The right-handed hitter finished in the FSL's top ten in most offensive categories, including batting average, hits, extra-base hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, walks and slugging. The Puerto Rican native was a member of the Florida State League All-Star team.
In addition to participating in minor league spring training camp in 2014, Rodriguez was called upon to don St. Louis' uniform. He had four hitless at-bats in three Grapefruit League contests.
With Scruggs moving up to Memphis, Rodriguez took over in Springfield. In the early going, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is adjusting nicely to Double-A with two home runs and eight RBI in nine games. His line is .278/.350/.528/.878.
Having enjoyed a small taste of the big leagues, Rodriguez continues to work hard and focus on his ultimate goal. He discusses that and more in the following exclusive interview.
Coming soon: Other upcoming interviews from Springfield include Patrick Wisdom and coach Packy Elkins.
Previously posted Springfield interviews:
Manager Mike Shildt
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz
Pitcher Kurt Heyer
Pitcher Zach Petrick
Pitcher Sam Gaviglio
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