St. John's University
Rodriguez, 23, was the Boomers first round pick (4th overall) in the 2013 Frontier League Draft. Despite suffering a nasty ankle injury after getting his foot caught in a hole in the Joliet outfield while shagging fly balls, the southpaw finished with a solid stat line including a 1-1 record in sixteen appearances and a 4.01 earned run average over the course of 24.2 innings pitched. Rodriguez pitched more innings for the Boomers in 2012 than during his entire college career at St John’s.
Rodriguez came to the Boomers after pitching for St. John’s University for two seasons. In 2011, Rodriguez appeared in three games and allowed six hits in 2.1 innings and made seven appearances in 2010, all in relief, and earned a 3.38 ERA over 5.1 innings pitched. The 5’11” left-hander surrendered six hits and two earned runs en route to a 2-0 record after beginning his career as the St. John’s student manager.
Rodriguez also appeared in 10 games for the DeLand Suns in the Florida Collegiate Summer League in 2010. The lefty allowed 18 earned runs in 21 innings over three starts. Rodriguez gave up 22 hits and collected 13 strikeouts as a member of the Suns.