Luis Rodríguez (baseball)
Rodriguez with the Seattle Mariners
June 27, 1980 |
San Carlos, Cojedes, Venezuela
|May 21, 2005, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2011, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||80|
Luis Orlando Rodríguez (born June 27, 1980), is a Venezuelan former professional baseball shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. He is a switch hitter and throws right-handed.
Rodríguez made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins on May 21, 2005. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to replace rookie Jason Bartlett, who won the starting job out of spring training, but began to have trouble at the plate. From 2003-2004, Rodríguez was the primary second baseman at Rochester, although he played a handful of games at third base and shortstop in 2004. With excellent plate discipline, he hit .295 and .286 respectively, with a combined .354 on-base percentage.When Rodríguez got the call, he was hitting .278 with a .339 OBP in 33 games. In 79 games for the Twins, he hit .269 with 2 home runs and 20 runs batted in. In 2006, Rodríguez split time between Rochester and Minnesota, with the Twins, he .235 in 59 games. Inspired by the "Rory Fitzpatrick for NHL All-Star" Campaign, Rodriguez was the subject of a similar campaign known as "Vote for L-Rod" which aimed to elect him to the 2007 MLB All-Star game as the American League's starting 3rd baseman. For the 2007 season, Rodríguez hit .219 in 68 games.
San Diego Padres
Rodriguez was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres on October 4, 2007. He made his Padres debut on July 5, 2008 after spending the first three months of 2008 with the PCL's Portland Beavers. In his first season with the Padres, Rodríguez hit a career high .287 in 64 games. The following season, Rodríguez set a career high in walks with 37 despite hitting a career low .202 for the Padres.
On December 2, 2009, Rodriguez, signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians with an invite to Spring Training.
Chicago White Sox
He became a free agent on November 2, 2011, after declaring free agency. On November 23, he re-signed a minor league contract with Seattle. He was also given an invitation to spring training.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Rodríguez spent the 2013 season in the Salt Lake Bees organization, the Angels AAA minor league affiliate.