Rodriguez is ranked as the Red Sox #4 prospect, Keith Law ranked him the 29th best prospect in all of baseball. What makes it even better is that he was acquired last year from the Baltimore Orioles for an Andrew Miller rental. Miller is now with the Yankees but the Red Sox still have Eddy.
From Keith Law:
Rodriguez faced 29 batters this spring, punching out nine and walking none. The last stat is the only one here I think has much if any significance in the tiny spring training sample, especially because Rodriguez's deficiencies as a prospect were areas such as command and feel for pitching. He has two plus pitches, with the breaking ball gradually improving. Getting him for two months of Andrew Miller looks like a genius move by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington.
Rodriguez has been just as impressive this year in Pawtucket where he is 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA. In a little over 48 innings pitched he has struck out 44 and only walked 7.
Can he save the season starting tonight? Can you imagine how different the Sox could look later tonight if Rodriguez goes out and looks like the real deal? It could be the kind of look that sparks this team to life.