LGT readers on Friday selected Johnathan Rodriguez as their 20th ranked Cleveland Indians prospect in the Indians minor league system for 2019, repeating his ranking from last year.
A third round pick in the 2017 MLB draft by the Indians, Rodriguez was a 17-year-old corner outfielder from the Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and the youngest player in the draft.
After a short stint in the Arizona Rookie League in 2017, Rodriguez repeated at the AZL last season and improved on almost all of his numbers, hitting his first home run, swiping 8 bases (compared to zero) while sporting a .294/.370/.406 slashline in 47 games played.
Rodriguez did a great job of getting on base and scoring. He was third in the entire AZL in runs scored with 36.
Standing 6-foot-3 and coming in at 180 pounds, Rodriguez still has plenty of power projection left in his frame, as scouts hope his doubles eventually turn into homers. He also has one of the better outfield arms in the Tribe system, grading at 60 on MLB Pipeline.
The switch-hitter will almost certainly begin the 2019 season in Low-A Mahoning Valley and still has plenty of time to prove himself at 19 years old.
Stay tuned tomorrow for my “Best of the Rest” post where I talk about several other top prospects in the Tribe system that didn’t get voted into the top 20 this year.