The Arizona Fall League announced the 2014 Top Prospect team and lefty Joely Rodriguez was named as one of two starting pitchers on the squad. He was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player on the team, which consisted of two players from each position and four pitchers(two starters, two relievers). It’s a nice honor for Rodriguez because the voting is done by the coaches and the managers in the league and it’s not just based on their AFL performance, it also takes into account their future projections.
Rodriguez is currently pitching winter ball in the Dominican, where he has made three starts. He is scheduled to make one more start before shutting down for the off-season. Rodriguez had a 2.38 ERA in seven starts in the AFL and a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings in winter ball.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
I have a feeling that by end of 2015, Joely will be viewed more favorably than Kingham at the same juncture.
I hope not. Joel Sherman is reporting that we just traded him for Antonio Bastardo.