10/26/11

2012 Draft - Rising Pick - C - Nelson Rodriguez

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                      Nelson Rodriguez

Ranked #65 in the 2012 Prospects List compiled by the All-American Athletic Foundation  http://allamericanfoundation.pointstreaksites.com/view/allamericanfoundation/news/mlb-2012-draft



8-31-11: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com - Nelson Rodriguez is an enormous Catcher out of George Washington High School in New York. He is listed at 6'2" and 215 lbs. I thik he may even be bigger than that. Behind the dish, he is an enormous target. He is agile enough to block balls in the dirt well. He has a big arm but a slow release grading out about average. He has big power potential but his swing is a little inconsistent. He has great bat speed. He's not a slow runner but he's not fast either. He'll only slow down as he gets bigger though. He looks like a top 10 round talent to me and could go as high as the third if a team believes in his defensive ability. He looks like a potential starting catcher in the majors but may be a C/1B type that can hit .260/.330/.470



8-25-11: - http://sullydraft.blogspot.com - This summer I went to the National Showcase, Prospect Classic, and the Under Armour All-American Game. Here is my updated top 50 HS prospects. - 41. Nelson Rodriguez- C, George Washington HS

10-8-11: - http://mlbdraftguide.com/1/2011/10/08/nelson-rodriguez-2012-draft-profile  - One of the top names among catchers eligible for the 2012 MLB draft is Nelson Rodriguez of George Washington High in New York.  He capped off a busy 2011 summer by playing in the Perfect Game All-American Classic and winning the event’s home run derby. Rodriguez is best known for the power in his bat.  He has great raw power and can hit the ball out to all fields.  Rodriguez has good bat speed and shows strong pitch recognition. Rodriguez moves well behind the plate.  He has soft hands and a strong arm.  Rodriguez has a recorded pop time of 1.90.  There is some concern that if he gets much bigger, Rodriguez could be forced to move to first base.Rodriguez has enough potential with his bat to be a legitimate prospect at either catcher or first base, but his draft stock hinges on whether teams believe his future is behind the plate or down the line at first.

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