Julio Rodriguez
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
For Rodriguez, the normal rules do not apply. He went from the Dominican Summer League in 2018 straight to the Midwest League in 2019. That never happens. A 6-foot-4 18-year-old up against men who were 3.5 years older on average, he logged a 145 wRC+ and .198 ISO before getting promoted to High-A. He was somehow better there, cutting his K% from 22.4 to 13.9 while doing even more damage (.277 ISO). His 40.0 Hard% between the two stops put him in the company of Quad-A hitters using the juiced ball in the Pacific Coast League. As the youngest hitter in the Arizona Fall League, he hit .288/.397/.365 with a 10:8 K:BB and made a point of putting his surprising speed to work, going 4-for-5 on stolen-base attempts. While the other top AFL hitters focused on pulling the ball out in batting practice, he was hitting home runs to the opposite field with ease. A true phenom, Rodriguez is on the fast track to stardom. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Mariners in July of 2017 that includes a $1.75 million signing bonus.
Unlikely to be on expanded roster
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
May 12, 2020
Rodriguez isn't likely to make his big-league debut during the coming season even if rosters are expanded as currently proposed, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.
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The 19-year-old decimated pitching at his first two professional stops in 2019, but he's yet to play above the High-A level. His overall lack of experience simply renders him insufficiently prepared to face big-league pitching on an everyday basis, and neither the extra roster spots that should be at manager Scott Servais' disposal nor a potential cancellation of the minor-league season are expected to change the strategy.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2017 July 2 international signing class appears to be one of the better ones in recent years, and Rodriguez is a big reason why. A 6-foot-3, 180-pound right fielder with a fantasy-over-reality profile, he received a $1.75 million bonus on the strength of his monster raw power and potential for a plus hit tool. That upside was on full display in the Dominican Summer League, where he logged a 161 wRC+, .210 ISO, 11.8 BB% and 15.7 K%. A right-handed hitter, he obviously mashed lefties (1.005 OPS), but his .899 OPS against same-handed pitchers suggests he could be an everyday player. It is dangerous to get too caught up in DSL statistics, as the quality of competition is extremely low -- Rodriguez was 17 and wasn't even one of the 15 youngest hitters in the league. However, he confirmed the scouting report in his pro debut, meaning he has already been scooped up in serious dynasty leagues that allow in-season pickups.
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Reassigned to minor-league camp
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
Illness
March 11, 2020
Rodriguez (illness) was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
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Sent home with illness
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
Illness
March 10, 2020
Rodriguez left Mariners camp Monday afternoon because he was feeling under the weather, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
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Gets first start of spring
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
February 26, 2020
Rodriguez (back) will start in right field and bat seventh Wednesday in the Mariners' Cactus League game against the Reds, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Shut down for Arizona Fall League
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
Back
October 19, 2019
Rodriguez has a lower-back strain and will sit out the final week of the Arizona Fall League, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Heading to Arizona Fall League
OFSeattle Mariners  AA
August 29, 2019
Rodriguez, who went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and two runs in High-A Modesto's win over Stockton on Wednesday, has been assigned to the Arizona Fall League, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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