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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 77: Gabriel Rodríguez

A stellar second season stamps his passport Stateside

Although he repeated a season in the DSL, Gabriel Rodríguez excelled in a more age-appropriate 2022 season.

Gabriel Rodríguez
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
172 pounds
Age: 20
2022 High Level DSL (Rookie)
Age relative to high level 0.4 years
SSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system 17
Overall 2022 stats 3-3 ⚾️ 13 games (10 starts) ⚾️ 54 1⁄3 IP ⚾️ 3.64 ERA ⚾️ 1.344 WHIP ⚾️ 58 K ⚾️ 23 BB

Although Gabriel Rodríguez didn’t start 100% of the time in 2022, he was basically in the rotation, and even threw one complete game/shutout. And it was a much better ride for the 20-year-old, as he was repeating the DSL and was just a smidge older than league average. In 2021, moving to the Dominican Republic from Venezuela after signing, Rodríguez had a decent rookie year, with the higher ERA and worse K/BB than in his second year, as you’d expect.

A possible flag, the ratings aren’t too wild about Rodríguez, placing him below-average even though his back-of-baseball-card stats looked pretty good in 2022:

Rodríguez’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 99
Strikeouts 44
Hittable 43
vs. Power 43
Walks 37
K/BB 37
Team Winning Percentage .441

Rodríguez has done all he can in the DSL and will face a Stateside challenge, in Arizona, in 2023.

2023 South Side Sox Top 104 White Sox Prospects

77. Gabriel Rodríguez, RHSP
78. Ronny Hernandez, C
79. Troy Claunch, C
80. Brooks Gosswein, LHSP
81. Tim Elko, 1B
82. Yoelvín Silven, RHRP
83. Trey Jeans, LHRP
84. Jerry Burke, RHSP
85. Carlos Jiménez, 1B
86. Mason Adams, RHSP
87. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
88. Ernesto Jaquez, RHSP
89. Laz Rivera, 3B
90. Xavier Fernández, C
91. Álvaro Agüero, CF
92. Ben Norman, RF
93. Erick Bello, RHRP
94. Adisyn Coffey, RHRP
95. Arnold Prado, RF
96. Alsander Womack, 2B
97. Johan Domínguez, RHSP
98. Evan Skoug, C
99. Noah Owen, RHSP
100. Javier Mora, 2B
101. Will Kincanon, RHRP
102. Yohemy Nolasco, RHSP
103. Billy Seidl, RHRP
104. José Rodulfo, RHRP