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Despite a disappointing 2012 season that saw a decrease in average, home runs and stolen bases, Rodriguez remains one of the more intriguing prospects in the Reds' system.
Prior to the 2012 season Rodriguez had failed to hit over .300 just one time in his professional career, and that was as a 17-year-old. However, this season, Rodriguez hit just .282.
Much of this can probably be attributed to an injury that got him sidelined him for a bit before the Reds sent him to the Arizona League, then promoted him to AAA Louisville before calling him up in September.
Rodriguez only played 82 games in the minors this season compiling five home runs, eight stolen bases,17 doubles, 36 RBI and 42 runs with a .282/.310/.370 slash line.
Rodriguez has blazed through the minor league ranks since coming to the Reds' organization as a 17-year-old in 2007. Now, at 22, he finds himself on the Reds' 40 man roster batting .231/.333/.308 with two RBI in 13 at-bats.
Rodriguez's value comes in his ability to hit for average and some power from both sides of the plate. Switch-hitting middle infielders are hard to come by, and that certainly adds value to Rodriguez as his career continues to progress.
He may never be more than a utility player, but Rodriguez has shown the ability to steal bases, hit for power and average from both sides of the plate, and that's valuable to any Major League team.