LOS ANGELES.- A year ago at Denver’s Coors Field, Julio Rodríguez was the most sought-after figure in the All-Star Futures Game as the Mariners’ No. 1 prospect and No. 2 overall MLB Pipeline prospect, with so only 20 years.
Twelve months later, the Dominican outfielder has continued to progress, to the point of being named to Seattle’s roster to start the regular season, progressing a world as a rookie on a team hoping for the playoffs, being called up to the 92nd All-Star Game and, of course, wow everyone with his historic Home Run Festival performance on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
“It means a lot to me, really, to be able to be part of the All-Star Game and to be able to share the stage with so many stars here that I watched growing up,” Rodriguez said.
Now, Rodriguez is one of those stars. As the clear favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year award, the outfielder has been a big part of the successes of the Mariners, who entered the All-Star break with 14 consecutive wins and occupying the second Wild Card in the League. American.
With a .275/.377/.477 line, 18 doubles, 16 home runs. With 52 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and an OPS+ of 134, the native of Loma de Cabrera has more than justified Seattle’s decision to have him in their ranks from the beginning of the season.
Right now, Rodriguez leads the Mariners in slugging, RBIs and stolen bases (of course), as well as being tied for the lead in home runs and doubles. “The preparation,” Rodríguez said in trying to explain his successes as a rookie in the Majors.
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Ripping off Dominican rookie Julio Rodriguez this season with the Mariners.