J. Rodriguez likely Rule 5 pick

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Rule 5 Draft will begin shortly, with the Pirates making pick No. 1 as a result of having the worst record last year. It appears as if shortstop Josh Rodriguez is Pittsburgh’s likely selection.

Rodriguez, who was left unprotected by the Indians, spent most of last season in Triple-A. Though he’s listed as a shortstop, he has also logged time at second, third and in the outfield. Taking Rodriguez would give Pittsburgh the backup middle infielder it currently lacks. Essentially, it would be insurance in case the Pirates cannot find someone to supplant Ronny Cedeno.

Rodriguez, 25, hit .293 with 12 homers, 23 doubles and 46 RBIs in Triple-A Columbus last season. He is a former second-round Draft pick from 2006.

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1 Comment

Thanks for the update on the Rule 5 draft. The ability to play SS and his overall better defense, makes Rodriguez sound like a utility upgrade over Delwyn Young. Just prior to reading your update, I had read Jonathan Mayo’s preview of the Rule 5 and felt like Rodriguez was the best choice for Pittsburgh.

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