Amidst a hopeless 2014 season, the Boston Red Sox’ phone rang off the hook on July 31st this year. Among the men dealt was left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Miller was dealt to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.
After posting a less-than-impressive 4.79 ERA in 16 starts for the AA Bowie Baysox this year, things changed drastically for the Venezuela native.
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Upon joining the Red Sox organization, Eduardo Rodriguez drastically changed his season around. Posting a 0.96 ERA in six regular season starts totaling 37.1 innings, he struck out 39 men while walking just eight.
In the playoffs, Rodriguez tossed a pair of quality outings as well—including one in AAA Pawtucket. Split between the two, he went 13.2 innings allowing four runs putting his post-season ERA at 2.63.
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Although the Andrew Miller trade may have flown under the radar a bit because of the Jon Lester and John Lackey deals, it still has the potential to be the best trade.
Rodriguez projects to be a Major League starter who could make his big league debut as soon as next season. The lefty tops out at 97 mph and will showcase his talent in Pawtucket next season.
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In an organization filled with young pitching talent, good may not be good enough for Rodriguez—he will need to pitch great. Turning 22 next season, he is much younger than most of his competition, giving him an edge in the age department. Still, he will need to out pitch Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Henry Owens, Edwin Escobar and Matt Barnes to make it to the big league level. Luckily, Rodriguez is capable of doing so.
Maybe Eduardo Rodriguez will be one of the young guys who impresses enough at the big league level in order to pitch there on a regular basis because right now, not many of the Red Sox rookies are doing just that.
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