Recently I had a chance to do a quick interview with Red Sox prospect Reynaldo Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a 26 year old slugger out of Colombia who is currently playing for the Portland Sea Dogs. He has a powerful bat and was discovered by the Red Sox in an independent league when he was playing for the Yuma Scorpions. In 2009, he was named the Independent Leagues top prospect by Baseball America.
He’s currently hitting .258/.348/.546 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles, and two triples. He currently is a 1st baseman, but he can play left field if needed. He is projected by SoxProspects.com to become a major league bench player with improvements with strike zone management and selectiveness.
Andrew Rodriguez: You started our your career with the Yankees. How was that experience different from the Red Sox?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: I was a star in the Dominican Summer league in 2004, and it is the same for both teams, they just have different systems.
Andrew Rodriguez: You sustained a serious injury in 2008. What was the injury and how has it affected your game?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: I tore my rotator cuff and the labrum in my right shoulder, and I fell behind a bit one year. But here I am again.
Andrew Rodriguez: How did the Red Sox acquire you or how did they discover you? Did they send out a scout to scout you?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: I signed with the Red Sox at the end of the Golden Baseball League season. I’m not too sure if someone just sent me to play and they spent a long term deal on me, I just got a call from Mr. Edinson Renteria telling me that the Red Sox signed me. It was a joy and you never thought that would happen.
Andrew Rodriguez: How different has it been playing in AA instead of A ball?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: I feel the same in double A. The only difference I see it he pitchers have command over their pitches.
Andrew Rodriguez: What would you say is your best aspect of your game?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: My offensive game.
Andrew Rodriguez: What aspect of your game do you want to improve upon?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: My defense and I want to learn a little more of the little things of this game.
Andrew Rodriguez: Did you admire any players growing up?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: Manny Ramirez.
Andrew Rodriguez: What team did you root for growing up?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: The Atlanta Braves.
Andrew Rodriguez: What position do you feel you’re best at?
Reynaldo Rodriguez: I like to play catcher, but I feel really good at first base.