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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 58: Gabriel Rodríguez

Still very young, but looking very accomplished

When you’ve only got one photo of Gabriel Rodríguez, you’ve got to get creative.
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Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to

Gabriel Rodríguez
Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
172 pounds
Age: 20
2023 SSS Top Prospect Rank 77
2023 High Level ACL (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -2.3 years
SSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system 15
Overall 2023 stats 2-1 ⚾️ 14 games (9 starts) ⚾️ 1 SV ⚾️ 47 2⁄3 IP ⚾️ 3.78 ERA ⚾️ 1.510 WHIP ⚾️ 61 K ⚾️ 24 BB

Gabriel Rodríguez logged two years in the DSL. His first, at age 17 in 2021, was an adequate start (4.19 ERA, 1.744 WHIP) especially due to the fact he was giving up almost two years to his opponents. Although Rodríguez didn’t start 100% of the time in 2022, he was basically in the rotation, and even threw one complete game shutout. Despite still being younger than DSL average, he logged a 3.64 ERA and 1.344 WHIP.

In 2023, Rodríguez made the leap to the States for a trial at Camelback Ranch — and came through superbly. In spite of being very young for the level, he kept his ERA sub-4, HRs allowed low (one!) and a solid K/BB ratio.

Rodríguez’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 100 (+1 from last season)
Strikeouts 57 (+13)
K/BB 47 (+10)
Hittable 41 (-2)
vs. Power 41 (-2)
Walks 41 (+4)

Rodríguez has just 145 professional innings under him, but all indications are he could be a real keeper. While he could get some extended spring work in at Glendale, chances are he’ll see no ACL action, joining Kannapolis to start the season or in early spring.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

58. Gabriel Rodríguez, RHSP
59. Edgar Navarro, RHRP
60. Lucas Gordon, LHSP
61. Andrew Pérez, LHRP
62. Javier Mogollon, 2B
63. Aldrin Batista, RHSP
64. Ryan Castillo, 1B
65. Bryce Willits, 3B
66. Colby Smelley, C
67. Wes Kath, 3B
68. Alsander Womack, 2B
69. Jordan Sprinkle, SS
70. Connor McCullough, RHSP
71. Luis Rodriguez, RHRP
72. Jonah Scolaro, LHRP
73. Ben Beutel, LHRP
74. Stiven Flores, C
75. Adrian Gil, 1B
76. Yohemy Nolasco, RHRP
77. Ben Norman, LF
78. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
79. Juan Gonzalez, C
80. Chris Lanzilli, LF
81. Alex Speas, RHRP
82. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
83. Garrett Wright, RHRP
84. Duke Ellis, CF
85. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
86. Godwin Bennett, RF
87. Rikuu Nishida, LF
88. Caden Connor, LF
89. Zach Franklin, RHRP
90. Jeremy González, LHSP
91. Jerry Burke, RHRP
92. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
93. Mikey Kane, 3B
94. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
95. Tyler Neslony, LF
96. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
97. Jason Matthews, SS
98. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
99. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
100. Daniel González, LHRP

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