GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Yan Gomes trade to the Nationals continue to frustrates a large amount of Indians fans. They traded a great catcher, coming off just one of his improved offensive seasons, for 3 players who weren’t just household names in Washington, D.C., considerably considerably less Cleveland.
Just one of individuals players was 6-6 proper-hander Jefry Rodriguez. The other two are outfielder Daniel Johnson and infielder Andruw Monasterio. Rodriguez and Johnson are in huge-league camp with the Indians this spring. Just one motive for the offer was so the Indians didn’t have to pay back Gomes’ $7 million income for 2019. The other was to inject some youthful players in the group – Rodriguez is 27, Johnson 23 and Monasterio 21.
Rodriguez, who is on the 40-man roster, is tricky to pass up. Not only is he 6-6, but he weighs near to 240 pounds and throws tricky.
“He’s received a huge arm,” said manager Terry Francona. “He doesn’t have a large amount of innings at the upper degrees nevertheless. Even though he was referred to as up final 12 months.
“When you look at him in his bullpen periods (you can notify he’s younger), but there’s a huge arm in there. As he receives repetition, there’s a likelihood. He’s received 3 pitches with extreme velocity, so there’s a large amount to like.
“The major thing is obtaining him repetition.”
Rodriguez pitched at 3 degrees final 12 months – Class AA Harrisburg (5-3, 3.31), Class AAA Syracuse (2-2, 3.58) and the Nationals (3-3, 5.71). He was the pitcher who rode the choice coach for the Nationals, bouncing among the minors and huge leagues 6 situations whenever they essential to develop a place on the 25-man roster. He built 14 appearances, which include 8 commences. In 52 innings, he authorized only 43 hits. But he didn’t always know where the ball was going as he struck out 39 and walked 37.
When huge-league hitters weren’t trotting to initial, they hit .228 from him. In 6 aid appearances for the Nationals, he posted a 2.70 Era (four acquired operates in 13 1/3 innings) and a .159 opponent’s batting ordinary.
Rodriguez’s four-seam fastball and sinker best out at about 96 mph. He also throws an 81 mph curveball, according to Fangraphs.com.
He is just one of 33 pitchers in camp.