The right-handed hitting Rodriguez was selected by Cleveland with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In his first full professional season in 2007, Rodriguez led the Carolina League in runs scored (84), ranked second in total bases (227), triples (nine) and walks (68), third in home runs (20), fourth in RBI (82) and games (133) and fifth in extra-base hits (49). He also finished third among all Indians farmhands in RBI (82) and tied for fourth in home runs (20) while being named to the Carolina League post-season All-Star Team.
Rodriguez took home Eastern League All-Star honors in 2008 before being limited to 33 games during the 2009 campaign due to a right hamstring strain.
Rodriguez has produced a career average of .266 (443-for-1667) with 87 doubles, 24 triples, 44 home runs and 224 RBI in 455 games of professional baseball.
The Pirates lost a player, too, as Kansas City claimed pitcher Nate Adcock with the No. 5 pick. Adcock, 22, went 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 starts for high Class A Bradenton.