The most intriguing skill that Emmanuel Rodriguez displayed in his breakout 2022 season at Low-A was a staggering level of patience at the plate. A walk rate above 25% is peak Barry Bonds territory; Rodriguez drew free passes in 28.6% of his PAs before suffering a midseason knee injury. This rare trait combined with his budding power gave the athletic E-Rod a lot of helium coming into 2023. Through the first half at High-A, he's maintained a very strong BB-rate (albeit in the more human 20% range) and that has kept his production in a good place even as the bat has lagged a bit. Fortunately, he has been showing more power as the season's progressed. Rodriguez continues to play center field exclusively.
The minor league seasons are running down, but on Wednesday night, the Cedar Rapids Kernels wrapped up an incredible season. They won their division in the first half and again in the second half, and it all culminated with the first Midwest League Championship for the Kernels in 29 years!
The Cedar Rapids Kernels started the Midwest League Championship Series in style, while the St. Paul Saints dominated on the mound. Wichita was up against long odds and was looking for a way to extend their season. Check out the action within.