11/16/2009 8:18 AM -
On April 19, 2006, Rafael Rodriguez became the fifth T-Bones player to have his contract purchased by a major league organization when the Baltimore Orioles signed the Dominican-born infielder.
Rodriguez signed with Kansas City midway through the 2005 season, posting a .241 average with three home runs and 19 RBI in 32 games to finish the year. The 2005 campaign was his first in independent baseball after spending the first four years of his career in the New York Yankees system. Rodriguez was originally signed by New York as a free agent on February 12, 2001 and split the first three seasons between their Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League affiliates.
Rodriguez played 61 games with the Orioles Class A club, Delmarva, in 2006, hitting .193 with three home runs and 12 RBI. Rodriguez did not play in 2007 and 2008, but took the field for 55 games with the Alexandria Aces of the independent Continental Baseball League last season. He batted .256 with four home runs and 30 RBI during the regular season as the Aces went on to win the 2009 CBL Championship. Rodriguez hit .333 with four RBI and a playoff-leading three doubles in four games during Alexandria’s championship run.
The next player in our “where are they now” series is outfielder Mike Spidale, who continues to produce in the Phillies organization.