(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.
Edited by StormJH1, 25 April 2012 - 05:07 PM.