Mets Minors: Building from the bottom up – Aderlin Rodriguez

Aderlin Rodriguez:  Stats is a vacuum are misleading.  At 20 years of age, hitting 24 HRs in 471 ABs between FSA (Full Season A) and A+ doesn’t sound that impressive.  When you consider that 16 of those HRs came when playing for Savannah (who plays in a power sapping ballpark) or that he isn’t as free a swinger as Matthew Den Dekker… he starts sounding a little better.  Don’t get me wrong.  He’s got plenty of flaws.  He’ll never be close to a .300 hitter and he’s yet to find a position in the field that he’s “good” at.  There is still plenty to like enough to get him this 16th in the system ranking.

Scouting: At 6’3” and 210 he’s big but not the incredible Hulk.  His reasonable size probably leads to the Met insistence on trying to keep him at 3rd instead of first.

Fielding: Reviews are generally bad.  He’s slow.  Slower than Wilmer Flores (think Robin Ventura) and he makes plenty of errors (12 in 37 games at 3rd in A+).  My bet is that the transition to 1st base happens more quickly this season as the Mets find themselves with some options at 3rd.

The Bat: The bat is real and should carry him as far as AAA without issue.  It will be the glove that holds him back.

ETA: Starting back in Port St. Lucie is the way I’d go.  You could argue for a promotion to AA but at 21 I see no rush.  Let him start in A+ and earn that AA promotion mid-year.  He’s at least 2 seasons from making the team and frankly with Davis and Wright around I see him being trade bait for 2014/15.  Perhaps he’ll be part of the package that gets the Mets Giancarlo Stanton? (A guy can dream, right?)

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16. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B (A+) [2016 1B or DH]
17. Jack Leathersich, LHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen… 2015 Closer?]
18. Cory Vaughn, OF (AA) [AAAA]
19. Jacob deGrom, RHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen]
20. Steven Matz, LHP (Full Season A) [2016 Bullpen]

3 comments for “Mets Minors: Building from the bottom up – Aderlin Rodriguez

  1. April 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    • April 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Self glorification is fun and all but I’m pretty sure Collin Cowgill and Aderlin Rodriguez aren’t related.

  2. April 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Best raw power in the system, correct? According to Toby Hyde he lost about 30 lbs this winter and is taking his conditioning more seriously. Not sure what that will translate too, but maybe it may improve his speed (at 3B and in general)?

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