Yorman Rodriguez reinserted himself into the top-prospect discussion last year after a solid 2013 campaign that covered two levels of minor league play—High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola.
Last year, as a 20-year-old, Rodriguez slashed .259/.324/.427 with 13 home runs, 35 doubles, six triples, 66 RBI, 71 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Over his 567 plate appearances Rodriguez also put forth a K/BB ratio of 153-47.
While Rodriguez flashes plus power to all fields, he also displays an inability to recognize breaking balls, resulting in a career strikeout and walk percentages of 26.2 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.
Rodriguez is still just 21 years old as we enter the 2014 season. Although his strikeout percentage sits comfortably in the stratosphere, he showed made a huge impression in the Arizona Fall League.
Over 22 games—85 at-bats—Rodriguez managed a .271/.323/.435 slash line with four home runs, two doubles, 13 RBI, 14 runs scored, three stolen bases and a 27-7 K/BB ratio.
While the K/BB ratio is still higher than most would like to see, Rodriguez impressed while playing against some of the best talent minor league baseball has to offer.
Rodriguez is also an outstanding defender. The young outfielder utilizes above-average speed and fly-ball recognition skills to track down balls in the gap, and his plus arm will be a defining trait for him at the big league level.
While his defense is above-average, Rodriguez's power is his calling card, and he'll look for every opportunity to showcase it in Goodyear, Ariz.
Rodriguez will get an extended look this spring, and although he won't break camp with the team, the 21-year-old has a chance to make a name for himself this year as a possible midseason call-up.