Monday, September 20, 2010

RODRIGUEZ TO AUDITION FOR ROCKIES

Pitcher Hector Daniel “Danny” Rodriguez is scheduled to travel to Arizona later this month to workout for the Colorado Rockies organization. Rodriguez was lightly regarded as a major league prospect after compiling a 20-18 career record over five seasons in the Mexican League with Saltillo, but the 25-year-old lefty from Culiacan put together an outstanding playoff record for the Saraperos this year, going 5-0 with a microscopic 0.66 ERA, tossing a no-hitter against Mexico City in the first round and winning the Playoff MVP for the two-time champions.

Many major league teams are now interested in Rodriguez, but Colorado may have an inside track with Mexican baseball legend Vinny Castilla in their front office while LMB Manager of the Year Houston Jimenez (who manages Culiacan in the winter) was a Rockies minor league instructor until two years ago. Rodriguez will pitch for the Rockies in Tucson on September 24.