Ronny Rodriguez had another very productive season in the minor leagues in 2017. It was his second full season playing for the Columbus Clippers and maybe one of his best as a professional.
The Cleveland Indians signed Rodriguez out of the Dominican Republic back in 2010. Since then, all he has done is produce and move his way through the Indians system stopping at the Triple-A level. So far. The now 25-year old started his career playing for the Lake County Captains of the Midwest League. He finished that season hitting .246 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 98 games. The following season saw him playing for the Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League where he find even more success.
Rodriguez spent the next three seasons (2013-2015) playing for the Akron RubberDucks of the Eastern League. He struggled a bit to find the power he had the two previous seasons, but regained it in 2015.
Fast forward to this season. Rodriguez played in 117 games for the Clippers, setting career-highs in hits (130), batting average (.291) and stolen bases (15). He would also hit the second-most amount of home runs in his career with 17.
For all that I just mentioned, Ronny Rodriguez has been named CNYB’s Top Offensive Award winner for second base.
Rodriguez as a pro is a model of consistency. In the games he plays, you know what you are going to get. Due to injuries and call-ups within the Indians organization, he played just 62 games at second, but it was still enough for the award.
One of the best things for an organization is to have too many players able to fill key positions. One of the worst things for a player is to have the same problem. Rodriguez may have his path to the majors blocked, but if he continues doing what he’s doing, he will force the teams hand.
Congrats to Ronny Rodriguez on a fantastic season and to being named CNYB’s Top Offensive Second Baseman.
1B – Rhys Hoskins – Click HERE to read
2B – Ronny Rodriguez
3B – October 5th
***Photo By Mathew Carper***