Steven “Paco” Rodriguez is the first to have his name called up to the big leagues. Drafted in the 2nd round (82 overall) of the 2012 MLB draft this past June. The south paw only saw 21 games of minor league baseball before being called up to make his first appearance on the Major League Level.
Rodriguez attended the University of Florida for his college career. A place where he was loved by Gator Nation with his nasty approach on the mound and disgusting numbers out of the bullpen.
At the University of Florida, Rodriguez was a huge strength out of the Bullpen with an era of 2.18 and 34 appearances. In those 34 Rodriguez had 4 saves with 81 strikeouts compared to a dismal 13 walks.
After signing for the Los Angeles Dodgers Rodriguez only needed 21 appearances to be called up to the big league bullpen. Rodriguez had 22 K’s and 6 walks with 5 saves in that small sample size between A and AA ball. Paco only gave up 2 runs in those 21 appearances to support an era under 1 at 0.92.
Rodriguez has a very unothordox kind of delivery that was considered a big help to the lefty as a quick ticket to the bigs, but only as a specialist. Rodriguez with 5 saves in the minors in only 19 innings could see a much higher role down the stretch for the Dodgers if he can continue to get swings and misses at the big league level.
Rodriguez is the first of many who should reach the bigs from this past draft class.