Is Eduardo Rodriguez Close?
Fans of Minor League Baseball always ponder the question, “who is next?” I think the next former Shorebirds player to crack the major leagues could be Eduardo Rodriguez.
I know, he is young – only 20 years-old. He won’t be 21 until the beginning of next season.
Look what he did this season…
Frederick – 6-4, 2.85 ERA
Bowie – 4-3, 4.22 ERA (work to do)
Surprise (Arizona Fall League) – 0-1, 5.52 ERA (this does not include a 3-inning gem in the championship game of the AFL)
I think it’s fair to assume that Rodriguez will begin the 2014 season in Double-A with the BaySox. If you read MASNsports.com often, a good portion of the blogs written by Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski have at some point touched on the Orioles need for pitching. At this point, Rodriguez is probably still a year away (at least) from the Orioles, but he is definitely getting closer.
Is there another former Shorebirds player that is closer to the majors than Rodriguez?
The only one I can think of is Mike Wright. The right-hander went 11-3 with a 3.26 ERA in Bowie and made one strong start in Triple-A at the end of the year. Wright won the Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year award as the top Orioles minor league arm.
Obviously, I’m not including Jonathan Schoop in this discussion because he already cracked the major leagues for a brief period.