Reynaldo Rodríguez (minors03)

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Reynaldo A. Rodríguez Corrales

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Reynaldo Rodríguez has played as high as AAA.

Rodríguez hit .166/.259/.179 for the 2004 DSL Yankees 2. He made big strides in 2005, hitting .335/.419/.400 for the DSL Yankees 1 with 23 steals in 32 tries and 42 runs in 58 games. He was 6th in the Dominican Summer League in average. He went 1 for 5 with a walk for the 2006 GCL Yankees, as injury cut his season short.

In 2007, Reynaldo returned to the DSL, hitting .349/.401/.589 between the two DSL Yankee clubs and allowing four runs in two innings on the mound. He tied for second in the league in average and tied for second with seven triples. The Yankees let him go the next year. He then starred in the Colombian Winter League, leading in average (.378) and taking home MVP honors. He went 0 for 12 with two RBI for the Colombian national team in the 2008 Americas Baseball Cup.

Rodríguez played with the Yuma Scorpions in 2009, batting .335/.380/.486 with 18 steals in 21 tries. His 6 triples were second in the Golden Baseball League. He was named the league's Rookie of the Year and Baseball America rated him the top prospect in the independent leagues. He batted .303 in the Colombian Winter League.

The Boston Red Sox signed Reynaldo for 2010. He hit .281/.387/.518 with 14 homers and 59 RBI in 85 games for the Greenville Drive, also stealing 12 bases in 16 tries. He played for Colombia in the 2010 Pan American Games Qualifiers, hitting .263/.391/.368. In 2011, he bounced between the GCL Red Sox (0 for 2), Lowell Spinners (5 for 15, HR, 3 BB), Salem Red Sox (.317/.396/.579, 44 R, 43 RBI in 56 G) and Portland Sea Dogs (.253/.302/.473 in 49 G). He led Red Sox farmhands with 39 doubles (two ahead of Chih-Hsien Chiang and Miles Head), tied Chiang and Christian Vazquez for 5th with 18 home runs and was 8th with 77 RBI (between Lars Anderson and Chiang).

In 2012, Reynaldo was with Portland (.257/.334/.505 in 90 G) and the Pawtucket Red Sox (.186/.265/.256 in 12 G). He was among the Boston farm system top 10 in doubles (30) and home runs (16). In the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, he hit .333/.385/.417 as the main 1B for Colombia.

The Minnesota Twins signed him for 2013. He batted .231/.305/.482 with 33 doubles, 21 homers and 70 runs for the New Britain Rock Cats that summer. He was third in the Eastern League in doubles (behind Javier Herrera and Alex Dickerson) and tied Tyler Collins and Allan Dykstra for 5th in home runs. In the Twins chain, he tied Kennys Vargas for second in doubles (6 behind D.J. Hicks), was 4th in dingers (between Chris Colabello and Vargas) and ranked 8th in runs scored.

Reynaldo was better still in 2014, hitting .286/.344/.510 with 36 doubles, 21 home runs and 81 runs in 126 games for New Britain while also hitting .156/.229/.281 in 10 games for the Rochester Red Wings. He tied Steven Moya for second in the EL in runs (5 behind Niuman Romero), led in doubles (3 more than Moya), tied Stetson Allie for 6th in home runs, was 5th in slugging (between Sean Coyle and Brian Burgamy) and was 6th in OPS (between Moya and Keon Broxton). Among Twins farmhands, he was second in runs (83, one behind Chad Christensen), first in doubles (37, 4 over Travis Harrison and Nate Hanson), second in home runs (22, 3 behind Adam Walker) and first in total bases (244, 24 over Walker). He was named the EL All-Star DH (Christian Walker was picked at 1B).

With the 2015 Rochester Red Wings, he hit .255/.307/.446 with 34 doubles, 7 triples, 16 homers, 81 runs, 80 RBI. He was among the 2015 International League leaders in slugging (6th, between Matt Tuiasosopo and Corey Brown), runs (first, four ahead of Chase d'Arnaud and Ben Gamel), doubles (2nd, 9 behind Taylor Motter), extra-base hits (2nd, one behind Motter), triples (tied for 5th with Jose Peraza), RBI (4th, between Jason Coats and Daniel Ortiz) and total bases (224, tied for 5th with Jesus Aguilar). He was named the IL All-Star first baseman. In the Twins chain, he led in runs (one more than Max Kepler), tied Kepler for the most two-baggers, tied Nick Gordon for 7th in triples, was 3rd in homers (after Walker and Ortiz), was second in RBI (26 behind Walker) and tied Kepler for second in total bases (26 shy of Walker).

With the 2015-2016 Yaquis de Obregón, he hit .247/.346/.494 with 10 homers, 30 runs and 30 RBI in 46 games. He tied Quincy Latimore for 5th in the Mexican Pacific League in dingers and would have been 5th in slugging had he qualified. Again manning first for Colombia when the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers were held in March 2016, he did a stellar job, hitting .417/.467/.833 with five runs and three RBI in three games. He got their first run; in the first against Spain, he drew a two-out walk from Sergio Perez and came home on an Adrian Sanchez hit. In the second game, he homered off Eliecer Navarro of host Panama. In the finale, also against Panama, he came up in the bottom of the 6th with a 1-0 deficit and was plunked by Humberto Mejia, then later scored on a Sanchez single to tie the game; Colombia won 2-1 to advance to the 2017 World Baseball Classic, their first World Baseball Classic. For the Panama qualifier, he was 3rd in slugging (after Carlos Ruiz and Javy Guerra), 2nd in OPS (behind Ruiz), first in runs (by two) and 3rd in total bases (2 behind Ruiz and one behind Guerra, both of whom played four games to his three).

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