There is no denying that the Miami Marlins minor league system is one of the deepest in baseball. With countless highly-rated prospects taking the field every night, it’s clear that the talent is evident with more top younger players joining this list on a regular basis nowadays.
Cristhian Rodriguez enters Miami Marlins Top 30 Prospects.
With a spot now open, 19-year old infielder Cristhian Rodriguez has joined the group as the Marlins new No. 30 prospect.
Signed out of Venezuela in the Marlins 2018-19 international free agent class that landed notable players including the Mesa brothers, Rodriguez was another young player that stuck out among that group. Making his pro debut in 2019 as well, Rodriguez impressed at a young age from the start.
Appearing in 61 games with the DSL Marlins in 2019, Rodriguez slashed .237/.340/.365 across 241 at-bats. The young infielder flashed almost all of his impressive tools collecting four HR’s, 25 RBI’s, 4 SB’s, 11 doubles, and four triples, while also splitting time almost 50/50 between shortstop and third base.
Displaying a left-handed swing, Rodriguez has the potential to hit for both average and power with more continued development. At 6’1 160lbs., Rodriguez has already flashed some of his impressive tools, with plenty of room to continue developing for the 19-year old.
A natural shortstop, Rodriguez arguably projects better long-term at third base due to his plus-arm and athleticism. Spending four games so far this season with the FCL Marlins, Rodriguez has slashed .286/.412/.357 with all four starts coming at third base.
When looking at Rodriguez’s tool grades, the excitement surrounding the 19-year old is clear with plenty of room to develop (according to MLB.com).
- Hit – 45
- Run – 45
- Field – 50
- Power- 45
- Arm – 55
- Overall – 40
Still only 19 years old, Rodriguez will only continue to develop from here on. Still years away from the big leagues, Rodriguez will be a player to watch going forward to potentially factor into Miami’s future infield plans.