Former Central Heights flame thrower named pitcher of the year
Just a few years ago, pitcher Grayson Rodriguez of Central Heights Blue Devil had a dominant performance on the high school mound. Flash forward about three years and not much has changed except now Rodriguez does it professionally as he continues his progression in the minor leagues.
According to a recent statement from the Baltimore Orioles, Rodriguez was named Jim Palmer minor league pitcher of the year for the second straight season. Rodriguez, 21, helped lead Double-A Bowie to the Double-A Northeast Championship following his promotion on June 1.
Prior to promotion, he was named Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month and High-A East Pitcher of the Month for May after going 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA while recording 40 strikeouts in five starts. for High-A Aberdeen. Rodriguez, who can bring a fastball over 100 mph, recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in 5 innings on July 18 while with Double-A Bowie.
He was named High-A East Pitcher of the Week on May 23 after pitching 6 scoreless innings with a hit and eight strikeouts in the IronBirds victory on May 21. He went 6-1 in 18 regular season starts for the Baysox, posting a 2.60 ERA, with 22 walks against 121 strikeouts.
He had 30 more strikeouts than the club’s closest pitcher. His 121 strikeouts led all Northeast Double-A pitchers and tied for fourth overall in Double-A baseball overall. He is ranked as the # 2 prospect in the Orioles system by Baseball America and MLB pipeline, as well as the prospect of the No. 1 pitcher in baseball. He is ranked as the # 7 prospect of the game by Baseball America and n ° 8 by MLB pipeline.
Rodriguez was selected by the Orioles in the first round of the 2018 First-Year Draft at Central Heights High School. He joins several other professional ball players linked to East Texas who are doing well this year. Some of them include Riley Smith, a native of Hudson, who throws for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Hunter Dozier (former SFA baseball player) playing for the Kansas City Royals, and Brandon Belt, a native of Hudson, who is having one of the best seasons of his career with the league. leader of the San Francisco Giants.