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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Scouting Report Armando Rodriguez

Armando Rodriguez - #66
23 years old
5th Professional Season
6'2" 185 pounds
Bats R/Throws R

Profile: He was signed as a 19 year old out of the Dominican Republic, and hadn't advanced past short season-A ball for 3 years before turning heads in Savannah (Sally League, Low-A) ball last year in 27 starts. He threw 146 innings, and had 152 strikeouts. He was added to the 40-man roster this year to prevent him from being taken during the rule 5 draft this off-season. He was among the first cuts this week and reassigned to minor league camp. He was ranked 24th by Baseball America's Top Mets Prospects
Good: He led the Sally League in strikeouts last year, had the second lowest BAA (.214), and third in ERA (3.08). He's a strike-thrower who keeps the ball down. He isn't afraid to pitch inside, and has natural deception in his delivery.   His fastball sits from 89-92 mph, with a 86-88mph cutter.

The Bad: He also throws a slider and a change-up, but neither are effective. In order for him to be effective at the higher levels, he needs to develop a better change-up or off-speed pitch.
Role: He will start the year at High-A, and will not pitch for the Mets this season.

Video: He isn't throwing 100% here, but you can see his easy arm action.

Next up: Francisco Rodriguez

Previous 2011 Scouting Reports:
Oliver Perez
Mike Pelfrey
Bobby Parnell
Jon Niese
Pat Misch
Jenrry Mejia
Dillon Gee
R.A. Dickey
D.J. Carrasco
Chris Capuano
Taylor Buchholz
Pedro Beato
Manuel Alvarez
Manny Acosta

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