G-Rod Working On His Defense

Playing as a 19-year old this season, Gerardo Rodriguez has proven to be one of the better all-around hitters in his short career thus far, hitting for both power and average in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League the past two years. There was one big question that continued to face Rodriguez however. Where does he fit defensively?

Signed as a first baseman in 2004, he was immediately moved to the catcher position where he played for two years.

This season Rodriguez has returned to first base - the primary reason he is currently working out in Extended Spring Training - and said he could not be happier about the change.

"I love being back at first and I don't really miss catching," Gerardo Rodriguez said through the help of a translator. "The only time I really miss it [catching] is when the catcher behind the plate is not doing the job and I feel like I need to be behind there playing."

Despite being away from his natural position for two years, Rodriguez is confident in his play at first base so far this season.

"The only thing I have to work on is ground balls to my left," he said. "I'm struggling a little with that, but that is about it defensively."

As for his offensive output this season, Rodriguez is content so far this season with his progress at the plate. And despite putting up impressive power numbers last season, he said he would like to continue to increase his power and strength.

"I can't complain, I feel good at the plate," he said. "I've been very comfortable so far this year. I have been working on my patience and I am trying to swing at better pitches."

As Rodriguez continues to shine in the Extended Spring Training season, he remains realistic about his progress through the minor leagues, not wanting to predict where he will finish the year.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nSigned as a first baseman in 2004, he was immediately moved to the catcher position where he played for two years.
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\r\nThis season Rodriguez has returned to first base - the primary reason he is currently working out in Extended Spring Training - and said he could not be happier about the change.
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\r\n\"I love being back at first and I don't really miss catching,\" Gerardo Rodriguez said through the help of a translator. \"The only time I really miss it [catching] is when the catcher behind the plate is not doing the job and I feel like I need to be behind there playing.\"
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\r\nDespite being away from his natural position for two years, Rodriguez is confident in his play at first base so far this season.
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\r\n\"The only thing I have to work on is ground balls to my left,\" he said. \"I'm struggling a little with that, but that is about it defensively.\"
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\r\nAs for his offensive output this season, Rodriguez is content so far this season with his progress at the plate. And despite putting up impressive power numbers last season, he said he would like to continue to increase his power and strength.
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\r\n\"I can't complain, I feel good at the plate,\" he said. \"I've been very comfortable so far this year. I have been working on my patience and I am trying to swing at better pitches.\"
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\r\nAs Rodriguez continues to shine in the Extended Spring Training season, he remains realistic about his progress through the minor leagues, not wanting to predict where he will finish the year.
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