Dodger Prospect Orlando Rodriguez

22nd in a series as we count down among the top Dodger prospects.

Name- ORLANDO R. " O-ROD" RODRIGUEZ
Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence-Santiago, D.R.
DOB- Nov. 28, 1980
Height-5-10
Weight- 155
B/T- L-L
04 Club- Disabled List

Power throwing lefthanders are always a highly sought commodity which is why he's included in this list. It's certainly not a case of "what have you done for me lately" because he was sidelined all of 2004 with elbow problems. Before that, though, he certainly showed enough to be very intriguing.
Rodriguez came to the Dodgers in 2001 as part of the Antonio Osuna deal because scouts that had seen him throw in the lowest of the minors liked his arm and his potential. He quickly demonstrated that he merited the move by flashing a fast ball that reached 93 mph despite the fact that he 's very much on the smallish side. He throws a hammer curve and every now and then an acceptable change.

Tendinitis limited his outings but he still showed enough at Jacksonville in 2003 in his brief appearances (11 games, 12 innings ) to merit a promotion to the 40-man roster. He's still there because in spring training he was particularly impressive. But then the arm problems mounted, an operation ensued and he was gone for the year.

Don't be surprised if he's non-tendered later in the month, then re-signed to a minor league contract. In the meantime, he's re-habbing with an anticipated return sometime next season.

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