Alberto Rodriguez – OF
Traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Taijuan Walker – August/27/2020
A product of the Dominican Republic, outfielder Alberto Rodriguez was traded at the 2020 deadline in exchange for two months of right-hander Taijuan Walker.
Rodriguez spent the 2018 season in the Dominican Summer League before coming stateside in 2019 to play in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, earning a .301 batting average and a .786 OPS through 47 games. The lefty-batter added 13 stolen bases as well as two home runs and 29 RBI before being dealt during the cancelled MiLB season.
Currently ranked as Seattle’s #7 prospect, Rodriguez continues to impress since joining the Mariners organization. He currently suits up in High-A and through 308 at-bats, he has amassed a .256/.325/.388 slash line with a .713 OPS and 30 RBI. Defensively, Rodriguez has spent a majority of this season in right field, owning a .958 fielding percentage with three assists.
He is also currently on the Mariners’ 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft (that ended up being cancelled) but is held in such high regard that the club did not want to lose him this offseason, something that should not be taken lightly.