The 25-year-old Rodriguez came off a so-so regular season record of 4-4 in 13 starts for the Saraperos to catch fire in the postseason, going 5-0 in six starts with a microscopic 0.66 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 41 innings. He tossed a no-hitter on July 25 against Mexico City and won both his starts in the Bicentennial Series against Puebla as the Saraperos defeated the Pericos in five games to become the twelfth team ever to win two consecutive Liga pennants. Only the Monterrey Industriales of 1947-1949 have won three straight LMB flags.
Rodriguez pitched last winter for his hometown Culiacan Tomateros in the Mexican Pacific League, but it’s not certain whether he’ll be back in the Mex Pac this season. At least four major league organizations are said to be interested in signing the six-foot lefty.