2023 Player Outlook
Based on recent comments made by Orioles GM Mike Elias, the team expects Rodriguez to be a part of their starting rotation to start the season. As one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, some project him to eventually develop into a number-one starter. His four-pitch mix includes a blazing fastball, a highly-effective changeup, a slider that induces swings and misses and a curveball. For his minor league career, Rodriguez has a pedestrian 3.0 BB/9 to go with an outstanding 12.9 K/9. Rodriguez will likely compete for rookie of the year honors and will be highly sought after in preseason drafts, but with Rodriguez pitching just 75.2 innings last season ( he missed time due to a lat strain), the Orioles may choose to limit his innings this season.