Former Rockies prospect Aneury Rodriguez draws interest

November 30, 2010 | 8:25 pm | 11  

On the final weekend of the 2009 spring training, the Rockies dealt right-handed pitching prospect Aneury Rodriguez to Tampa Bay for right-hander Jason Hammel, who was out of options and lost out to Jeff Niemann in the battle for the Rays fifth starter job.

Hammel became a part of the Rockies rotation. Rodriguez never made it in Tampa, but he ramains a highly-regarded prospects, and after being left off the Rays 40-man roster, Rodriguez is expected to be taken in next week’s winter draft, according to Baseball America.

Baseball America’s take on Rodriguez:

“Rodriguez might be the most likely player to get picked, as he has the combination of success at upper levels, the possibility of upside and age on his side. Rodriguez pitched for Triple-A Durham at age 22 this season and was for several stretches the Bulls’ No. 2 starter after Minor League Player of the Year Jeremy Hellickson.

“Rodriguez is a solid 6-foot-3, 180-pounder with three average pitches—an 88-92 mph fastball that can touch 94 complemented by a curveball and changeup. He also was pitching well in the Dominican Winter League with a 1.41 ERA through six starts.

“While Rodriguez has a projectable frame, his stuff hasn’t really gotten any better over the last two seasons, and he may be maxed out as a fourth or fifth starter. That’s not a bad find for a Rule 5 pick, though.”

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  • Mike Raysfan | November 30, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    Hellickson will most likely be in the starting rotation when the season starts.

    I wish Rodriguez well where ever he ends up. In spite of how I feel about Hammel, I think the Rockies definitely got the better end of that trade.

  • Julian | November 30, 2010 | 9:40 pm

    It definitely sounds like someone will pick Rodriguez in the Rule 5 draft.

    I wonder if the Rockies could pick up a useful player in this year’s Rule 5 draft. I think that with the non-tender of Delcarman, they are at 36 on the 40 man roster, so they would have room to pick up a player in the Rule 5 draft, and still be able to pick up a couple of hitters and a reliever in free agency.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | November 30, 2010 | 9:50 pm

    Julian, rockies have been active in Rule 5 over the years. They are in second half of the first-round, however, so will be interesting to see who might get to them.

  • tj | November 30, 2010 | 11:29 pm

    How about the other side of the coin, Tracy? Does anybody in the Rockies’ system get picked?

  • Ryan | December 1, 2010 | 4:39 am

    If the Rays rotation stays healthy through spring training, the Rockies should go after their 6th starter again. Somebody like Shields, Niemann or Davis would look great in purple and black.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | December 1, 2010 | 6:37 am

    TJ, I wouldn’t think so this time. Best way to put it is that with the return of LHP Jorge De La Rosa, the Rockies still have three spots on their 40-man roster, and did protect six players for the first time this winter — pitchers Bruce Billings, Cory Riordan and Casey Weathers, catchers Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco, and outfielder Cole Garner. With that in mind, if the Rockies were to lose someone in the Rule V draft it would not be considered a major hit, at least internally.

  • Mike Raysfan | December 1, 2010 | 8:13 am

    I doubt seriously you could get either Neimann or Davis. If you could, I’m sure it would cost a bunch.

  • Wayne | December 1, 2010 | 11:03 am

    There is alot going on with all the non-tendered players tomorrow.

    Can someone explain what this means, other than the team non-tendering is not picking up the players contract. Does that mean these players are up for grabs, like FA’s, or does a team have to make a trade for the player?

    Tracy, Steve, Jack or any of the posters, could you explain what impact this will have on the Rox.

    Thanks

  • Steve Foster | December 1, 2010 | 12:44 pm

    Wayne, see an answer in the other thread.

  • Wayne | December 1, 2010 | 1:06 pm

    Thanks Steve, I posted a response in the other thread.

  • Ryan | December 1, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    Mike- Yea, I agree that Shields is a lot more likely to me traded. I also think he is due for a big bounce-back year.