Paco Rodriguez, also known as Steven Rodriquez in the featured Baseball cards above and below, pitched in his very first Major League game last night. Welcome to the Bigs!
Rodriguez is the very first person from the 2012 Draft to make it to the show. Hopefully he earns a little bit of experience before being given an opportunity to win a job with the Dodgers next season.
In his debut, Paco pitched to just one batter, Brandon Belt, who grounded out to first base.
Also, I figured I'd share some of the Baseball cards that already exist of him. Above is a 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Baseball card with two other teammates. Paco is on the far right. Below is a 2008 Upper Deck Team USA Baseball autograph/game-used jersey card.
BTW, John Sickels at Minor League Ball did a nice write up on Paco Rodriguez.
A 6-3, 215 pound lefty, he was drafted in the second round this spring from the University of Florida. Signed for a slot-value $610,800 bonus, Rodriguez works with a low-90s fastball, a cutter, and a slider. He has a deceptive delivery, but his stuff is impressiveSickels shares a video of him from his days as a Gator.
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