The Red Sox traded away many big names at the 2014 trade deadline. Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were all traded, but the Red Sox didn’t aim for prospects, instead they targeted Major League ready players such as Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig.
Andrew Miller was traded to the Orioles for a World Series championship. Miller was the best relieve pitcher on the market, and therefore he was a high-priced player. Eduardo Rodriguez, a 22-year-old lefty starter, was willing to be traded by the Orioles for that price.
Rodriguez was the Orioles third-ranked prospect. However, he was coming off a slow first half with a knee injury and inconsistent command. He proved why he was such a high-ranked prospect after he was traded to Boston. He also won Double-A Portland’s Governors Cup with Pawtucket.
Rodriguez is a top prospect in Boston Massachusetts pitching and has the tools to be a big league pitcher. He uses a three-pitch mix of slider, changeup, fastball. He’s just completed his first year in Triple-A, and it’s been a great start. In his first appearance, he pitched into the sixth inning and struck out four. He also walked none. He gave up one run, but he settled down to retire the 11 batters that he faced.
He then followed up that performance with another gem on Saturday. Rodriguez displayed his fastball skills, consistently achieving 95 M.P.H. He topped out at 99 M.P.H. In six innings, he allowed two earned runs on only four hits and one walk while striking five.
Manager Kevin Boles stated that he wants him to “establish the fastball,” as that is what he lives by. “When you are able to throw 94-96 M.P.H. That’s a very powerful weapon. He was a good ball-handler and kept the defense in check. His pace was great.
Rodriguez seems very at home in Boston, where he has seen almost no success. He is gaining confidence in the Boston organization and has had a lot of success this season.