Blue Jays: Looking at former prospects traded at the deadline under Ross Atkins
Hansel Rodriguez – RHP
Traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for OF Melvin Upton Jr. – July/26/2016
An international free agent signing in early 2014, right-hander Hansel Rodriguez spent two and a half seasons in the Blue Jays system before being traded to the San Diego Padres. With the Jays, Rodriguez advanced as far as the Rookie League, playing both in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian Leagues.
After the trade, Rodriguez spent the next three seasons between Rookie League ball, A Ball, and the A+ league, struggling to stay healthy during that time while going on numerous rehab assignments. A starter with the Jays, the right-hander moved into a reliever role with the Padres and found success in 2019 with Advanced A Lake Elsinore Storm, sporting a 2.92 ERA through 19 appearances.
He became a Minor League free agent the following offseason and signed on with the Los Angeles Angels organization. While he didn’t pitch in 2020 due to COVID-19 shutting down the MiLB, he made one appearance in AA before ending up on the IL all season long and eventually hitting free agency again.
Rodriguez is currently pitching with the New Jersey Jackals in Independent Ball for the 2022 campaign. He has amassed a 2.14 ERA through 17 relief appearances and 21.0 innings pitched with a 12.9 K/9.