The short-season leagues are where it all begins. While it is easy to get caught up in numbers, a…
Rodriguez Quietly Improving
As a second round draft pick, the expectations for outfielder Javier Rodriguez were very high right from the start, despite being just a teenager when he was drafted. Living up to them has been a challenge but J-Rod, who's currently in his fourth year in the Mets organization, is continuing to improve each and every day. It all started when the Mets drafted Rodriguez 68th overall in the 2008 amateur draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Upon signing, he was assigned to the GCL Mets. In his first stint as a professional ball player at only 18 years old, Rodriguez struggled, managing only a .193 batting average in 135 at-bats. But in 2009, he took a small...
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