Endy Rodriguez is Looking Like the Best Prospect in the Pirates System

ALTOONA, Pa. - Endy Rodriguez is Blake Sabol's "jugador favorito."

Sabol calls his fellow Altoona catcher his favorite player in Spanish, whenever he sees Rodriguez.

Rodriguez responds in English: "Sabol, my favorite player!"

On Sunday, August 14, Sabol was batting behind Rodriguez in the order against Bimghampton. In the fourth inning, the power hitting Sabol crushed his 13th homer of the year.

Rodriguez was 0-for-2, with two hard fly outs to center field heading into his at-bat in the fifth.

"I said ‘Jugador favorito, what happened to your power, man, come on?’" Sabol recalled saying to Rodriguez before his next at-bat.

"I got you!" Rodriguez responded.

And as Rodriguez was crossing home plate after hitting his second home run in response, he greeted Sabol enthusiast...



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Tim: Here we are 12 days later and Endy Rodriguez has only gotten better in AA. His OPS has jumped to 1.264 and he now has 8 doubles and 8 HR, 21 RBI in only 72 AB with 12 Walks and 12 K’s. The kid is just killing it!

Defense? 14 games, 124 innings, 1 E, .993 fld %, 10.36 RF/G, given up 10 SB’s, but caught 8 stealing for a 44% CS %. Just looking at the latest BA Top 100 and they should pull it back and find a place for him.

Loved this article, and also your article in BA regarding Mike Burrows and the development of his changeup. As if that was not enough, I get to the article by Geoff Pontes on the Futures Game and there in Bold Print is BEST FASTBALL, Mike Burrows, and then BEST BREAKING PITCH, Mike Burrows, talking about his average spin rate of 2,850 rpm, and peak spin rate of 2,938 rpm.

Could it be called rushing them to the show after the performances they have delivered in 2022? Not in my opinion. Wow, another piece of the Rotation and a switchhitting Catcher who also plays excellent defense. It’s not like we have a lot of guys ahead of them holding them back.


Love those shots of him watching the pitch into the catcher’s mitt


Endy is officially my favorite prospect in the system


Fantastic article. Can’t wait to see Endy in Pittsburgh.


Terrific article. I can’t wait to see Endy in Pittsburgh. I hope him and Davis are in the same lineup, with Endy behind the plate and Davis mashing at first or DH


Tim you were right, this is some of your best content ever. Thanks.


This article reinforces my belief that Endy will be in the Burg by mid June of next year.


I was concerned early in the year, but he made all the right adjustments and now I think he is our future catcher. Hopefully, Henry Davis can become our future firstbaseman and the MLB club can finally get some above average hitters at those positions. 2024??


It’s possible we’ll have a catcher rotation, even if just a two-man rotation. Both would likely stay healthier and fresher if alternating between catching and the field.


I agree with this where Davis mixes in C/1B/DH, maybe sprinkles in some RF. Same with Endy. And I think maybe they’d carry a true backup C on the roster then as well.


You’re just saying that so I would upvote your comment. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Fair. C is really challenging. First is not. DH, well doaa. RF takes reps.


You had a good article several years ago (or maybe more recent than that) about having a catching rotation similar to a pitching rotation–that made a lot of sense to me 🙂


If you’re right, and I hope you are, that makes competition in 2023 a possibility.


Exactly, no reason to play Davis behind the plate when this kid is probably MLB ready right now. I know other teams can promote from AA to MLB and play the kids as soon as they get to the majors. It’s like magic, the kids respond to that type of encouragement.

I look at all of the numbers, and Endy Rod has impressed with his ability to hit for average and power, and his K/BB ratio at A+ was 77/42 with a .936 OPS, and so far at AA is 5/4 with a 1.107 OPS in his first 35 AB. If he continues to not be overwhelmed or fooled, I would have him in PNC for the month of September.


“I know other teams can promote from AA to MLB and play the kids as soon as they get to the majors. It’s like magic, the kids respond to that type of encouragement.”

As I was reading the article, I couldn’t help but think of how the Braves’ 21-year-olds beat us last night. Obviously we won’t promote him this year, but next June seems plausible.


One of the 21 year olds is Michael Harris, the same kid they signed to an 8 year extension that starts in 2023! They will pay more in his first 6 years, but they bought out his first 2 years of FA for 10 & 12 mil, and have a club option of $15 mil for 2031.

Not afraid to bump him to A+ in 2021 as a 20 year old where he had a slash of 294/362/436/798 OPS. Not afraid to promote directly from AA to MLB this year. Another local kid from Stockbridge, GA. Matt Olson was born and raised in Atlanta. Two building blocks for the future. Alex Anthopoulos is a helluva GM!


Yes, they seem to be doing everything right. I’m sure there are many organizations that wouldn’t have been so aggressive with Harris but it’s paying off in a big way.


MLB ready right now? Boy are people getting ahead of themselves here.


I agree that people are getting ahead of themselves, but I also do t see a reason why endy should be the pirates catcher next July if he continues to hit the way he has this year.

He will be 23 and will no doubt be the best option at catcher for the pirates:


I like Davis athleticism and arm. Maybe better in RF?


Perhaps. But there’s no rule against having an athlete at first.


The Pirates will NOT be good again until they take the 1B position seriously


That’s a weird stance to take. They won’t be good again till they have good players and pitchers.

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