Starting next month, Johnny Rodriguez will again don the uniform of the State College Spikes, where the veteran of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system will begin his second season as manager.
Until then, however, the father of Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Sean Rodriguez will be in Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida, managing the White team. This group is made up of the more-experienced 35 or so players participating in EST, including some who were on Rodriguez’ 41-35 State College club that fell just short of the New York-Penn League playoffs last summer.
In Part 1 of the following interview, exclusive for members of The Cardinal Nation, Rodriguez spends about six minutes going deep on his pitchers and catchers. As the interview was held just before top prospect Alex Reyes was activated, the manager began his remarks there.
Rodriguez discusses three pitchers who appeared with the Spikes last summer in Carson Cross, Dailyn Martinez and David Oca, and touches on a pair who had already been promoted in Juan Perez and Jorge Rodriguez.
Next is a review of the progress of a couple of catchers, including the 2015 draftee Rodriguez calls “the most improved player in camp”.
In Part 2, coming soon for TCN members, Rodriguez will review position players on the White team in EST, infielders and outfielders, a couple of catchers missed earlier as well as offering a preview of his 2016 State College club.
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