04-25-2012, 06:01 PM #1
(Ivan) Dereck Rodriguez - Outfielder
DOB: 06/05/1992 (19 years old)
Drafted: 6th Round of 2011 Amateur Draft by Minnesota Twins
Yes, Ivan Rodriguez has a son playing professional baseball, and he was drafted by the Twins last year. Aaron Gleeman ranked him as the 38th best Twins prospect. However, it is far too early to know if he will be a legitimate big leaguer or not. Unlike his father, Dereck is a tall, speedy outfielder. He apparently has a terrific arm in the outfield, so much so that there was some talk of trying him out as a pitcher. (His arm velocity from OF throws has been clocked a 95 mph). He hit only .156 in rookie ball, but that was after just 98 plate appearances.
Here is an article from Bleacher Report discussing his rise as a prospect and his efforts to keep his relationship to his dad on the down-low as a prospect:
Here is a YouTube clip with a 2-minute interview of Dereck talking about his high school career, and showing him working in the cages, ala Joe Mauer practicing with the Quick Pitch
No 2012 statistics yet for Dereck Rodriguez, but my assumption is that he'll be in rookie ball or Low A again. I will update later if I see that he has gotten some games in.
Last edited by StormJH1; 04-25-2012 at 06:07 PM.
05-16-2012, 12:46 PM #2
So, I haven't updated since the first post because Dereck hasn't played any game action in 2012 that I can find. I don't know much about the schedule for rookie ball, but my assumption is that it's a short season. Meanwhile, this 04/23/2012 article references that Dereck has been involved with extended Spring Training in Ft Myers:
06-30-2012, 02:44 PM #3
Hope that Derek hasnt dipped into Daddy's 'special baseball sauce'.....but after 8gms, he looks like a different player.
.458/.594/.708 in 24ABs 3 doubles HR 4RBI 6BB 3K 3/5 SBs
Be nice to see the 20 year old (too old for GCL IMO) moved up this year ASAP
07-12-2012, 11:42 AM #4
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07-18-2012, 04:29 PM #7
Checked the box scores and he's apparently still out. Too bad because he was off to a terrific start through 13 games, hitting .390 with 2 HR's and 4 stolen bases.
08-03-2012, 01:53 PM #8
08-11-2012, 05:07 PM #9
Now back for a wk (6/23 hitting) ....hope he's not goin to ELIZ next yr due to Buxton/Keplar/Walker/Jimmenez/Pineda bein in BEL.
Seems like he may be an OF afterthought, was a 6th round pick & will only be 20 next yr, but seems like he's on outside looking in.
Was pretty solid up to the hamstring injury after a poor GCL debut last yr.
08-12-2012, 02:45 PM #10
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08-12-2012, 03:45 PM #12
He hasn't caught... the backup plan for Dereck Rodriguez would likely be on the mound. However, he's a potential 5-tool OF, so they'll stick with that for awhile.
08-12-2012, 03:49 PM #13
08-12-2012, 03:53 PM #14
been solid this yr....hope they dont hold him down next yr to ELIZ just cause they dont have a spot for him in BEL (or Cedar Rapids).
08-25-2012, 01:12 PM #15
disappointing finish for Derek after hamstring injury
17gm 10/58 .172/.238/.293 4runs 4doubles HR 6rbi 25k 5bb 2/2sb's
Really not sure if you buy the first 13gms as his true shot or the last 17gms after a bad 2011 debut
08-25-2012, 01:19 PM #16
Big picture, none of the stats mean anything regarding his future, but you can't help but wonder what those numbers could have been if he would have stayed healthy. He'll go to Instructional League, then most likely go to E-Town next year.
08-25-2012, 01:25 PM #17
09-04-2012, 10:41 AM #18
Aaron Hicks was a more coveted prospect, but he spent one year in the rookie league as an 18-year old and then was on to Beloit for two years. Denard Span started later, but got moved up to A-ball when he was 20. I think he is a bit behind in his development, but this is slowly becoming an organization with a lot of OF depth around his age, so it's more about the destination than the journey.
Also, don't forget about the pedigree and what that might do for his reputation down the line. Players like Tony Gwynn Jr. and Eric Young Jr. are fringe MLB'ers, but they've gotten several looks in the bigs, and name recognition certainly doesn't hurt that cause. If Dereck can at least develop into a rangey OF with good defense, he'll have an easier path to the majors than, say, Darin Mastroianni.
Last edited by StormJH1; 09-04-2012 at 10:43 AM.