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Pinpoint control resulted in a dominant year for Luis Rodriguez in the DSL.

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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 70: Luis Rodriguez

How does 7.5 Ks per walk suit you? Give this guy more innings!

Luis Rodriguez

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
181 pounds
Age: 20
2023 High Level DSL (Rookie)
Age relative to high level +0.4 years
SSS rank among all right-handed relievers in the system 8
Overall 2023 stats 2-1 ⚾️ 15 games (5 finishes) ⚾️ 33 IP ⚾️ 3.55 ERA ⚾️ 1.152 WHIP ⚾️ 45 K ⚾️ 6 BB

The White Sox signed the then 19-year-old Luis Rodriguez out of Barquisimeto, Venezuela on May 1, 2023 before they sent him to the DSL. There, Rodriguez put up very solid numbers. A 3.55 ERA is nice, but his 2.46 FIP backed it up. He struck out just under a third of the hitters he faced while walking just 4%, for 7.5 K/BB. Plus, Rodriguez also only surrendered one home run in the 33 innings he threw as part of his professional debut.

Rodriguez, who appeared solely as a reliever in the Dominican, produced results over multi-inning stints (about 2 2⁄3 innings per outing) that warrant a shot to start. He threw 245 pitches in 2023, and 212 of them were for strikes. That’s an absurd 87% strike rate. (For context, the major league average is 63%.)

Rodriguez’s Baseball Cube player ratings
K/BB 99
Walks 98
Strikeouts 89
vsPower 43
Hittable 43

Rodriguez’s performance demands an expanded role in 2024. If sticking as a swingman/long reliever, he’ll be shipped Stateside to put his initial success to the test against better and more experienced competition. If transitioning to a starting role, he might get one more year in the DSL to adjust.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

70. Luis Rodriguez, RHRP
71. Jonah Scolaro, LHRP
72. Ben Beutel, LHRP
73. Stiven Flores, C
74. Adrian Gil, 1B
75. Yohemy Nolasco, RHRP
76. Ben Norman, LF
77. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
78. Juan Gonzalez, C
79. Chris Lanzilli, LF
80. Alex Speas, RHRP
81. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Eduardo Herrera, 3B

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