Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eduardo Jose Rodriguez: Ace Under Our Nose?

(Portland Press-Herald photo)
Dan Duquette did not want to give up Eduardo Rodriguez when he acquired Andrew Miller from the Red Sox last year. Rodriguez was considered one of the top Oriole pitching prospects in a pitching-rich system. In five minor league seasons, the 21-year old lefty has a 3.26 ERA in just over 486 innings pitched—striking out nearly eight batters per nine innings (7.7). Last year, for the AA Portland Seadogs, he was an amazing 3-1, with a 0.96 ERA over six starts. And, he struck out nearly ten batters per nine-innings (9.4). This Spring, he's pitched 5.1 innings, given up just three hits, no runs and struck out seven. Moreover, just over the last few days, the talk in Red Sox camp is that Rodriguez has passed Henry Owens on the depth chart. If Boston's cadre of "number three starters" breaks down, you could see Rodriguez with the big club sooner rather than later. No ace? You just have to know where to look.