46) 3B/SS Cristhian Rodriguez
How we voted:
Expected in Miami: 2025
Cristhian Rodriguez spent his first season as a professional at the age of 17. Only 18 since December 23rd, the six-foot-one, 160 lb. left-side infielder was far better in 28 games at shortstop, with a .934 fielding percentage, than in 36 contests at third base, where he finished with a mark of .886.
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Rodriguez spent 61 games with the DSL Marlins last season, in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League before joining the GCL Marlins for three games. He hit .236/.336/.362, with beyond-his-years pitch selection resulting in 37 walks for a 12.5 percent base-on-balls rate. He added 12 doubles, four triples, and four home runs with 25 RBI.
As I’ve said, Rodriguez is very young, and at minimum half-a-decade removed from any future major league action. That being said, the tools are there, and they’re undeniable. A rangy fielder with a quick first step and a solid throw, he just needs repetition in organized baseball to sharpen them.
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