Former Rockies prospect Aneury Rodriguez draws interest
On the final weekend of the 2009 spring training, the Rockies dealt right-handed pitching prospect Aneury Rodriguez to Tampa Bay for right-hander, 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.”