Less Mario, More Luigi.

As part of our continuation counting down the Indians top 10 prospects, we continue with…

8. Luigi Rodriguez, OF

DOB: 11/13/92
Height/Weight: 5-11/160
Bats/Throws: S/R
Drafted/Signed: 2010, Dominican Republic
2011 Stats: .379/.408/.579 at Rookie (25 G); .250/.320/.311 at Low-A (34 G)
Tools Profile: He has a leadoff profile. Rodriguez has speed and the ability to play center field.

2011 in Review: This 18-year-old Dominican dominated the complex league and held his own at Low-A.
The Good: Rodriguez brings plenty of excitement to the game. He’s one of the fastest players in the system, and was moved to center field in 2011. He showed a good feel for the position and a solid arm. He has a very good approach for such a young and inexperienced player, and has a quick line-drive bat.
The Bad: Rodriguez has a slight build and does not project to add much power to his game. He’s fast, but he’s still learning how to steal bases; he gets poor jumps. He projects to be a plus center fielder, but for now his routes and jumps need considerable work.
Fun Fact: In 50 Arizona League at-bats with the bases empty, Rodriguez did not have a home run, nor a single walk. All three of his home runs and all five of his walks came among his 45 at-bats with runners on.
Projection: He could be an old-school leadoff man and center fielder.
Fantasy Impact: He’ll have a high average and plenty of stolen bases.
Road to the Show: Rodriguez will spend the year at Low-A Lake County, which has the potential to be the most intriguing team in the Midwest League.
Estimated Major League Debut: 2015

*Scouting report courtesy of Indians Prospect Insider and Kevin Goldstein.Lee

(Photo courtesy of Indians Prospect Insider)

*Sorry it’s small. It’s the only one I could find.

Mike Melaragno

About Mike Melaragno

A 2010 graduate of Lee University, Mike loves writes about the game he loves most-- baseball. From an early age, he learned to live and die with the Tribe-- mostly die. Died a little when they lost the 1997 World Series in extra innings; died a lot when they were one game away from advancing to the fall classic in 2007 but fell to the Red Sox in game seven of the ALCS. He currently resides in Northeast Ohio.