Rodriguez's best tools are in the batter's box. He's a righthanded hitter with above-average bat speed and natural timing at the plate. Rodriguez covers the plate well, and he's able to let the ball travel deep into the hitting zone and shoot line drives to the opposite field, or loft the ball to his pull side. Rodriguez hit a clutch home run in the championship game, tying the game in the bottom of the 10th. The Evoshield Canes took advantage of the home run, and went on to win the tournament.
Wilson Premier East Classic Prospect Breakdowns
The following scouting reports come from the Wilson Premier East Classic, which took place in Sarasota, Fla. from June 22-June 26. All players are 2018 MLB Draft prospects.
Ethan Hankins | RHP | Team Elite Prime | Forsyth Central High (Cumming, Ga.)
Tim Borden | MIF | Team Elite Prime | Our Lady of Providence High (Clarksville, Ind.)
A middle infielder for Team Elite Prime, Borden showed a compact swing at the plate. He has loose wrists and was able to barrel pitches from gap-to-gap throughout the tournament, going 4-for-12. Borden, a Louisville recruit, has a projectable body with room to fill out and add more strength and power as he develops. He reached first base in 4.3 seconds on a groundout, an average run time from the right side of the plate.
Anthony Seigler | C | Evoshield Canes | Cartersville (Ga.) High
Seigler is an ambidextrous pitcher, but his professional future is behind the plate. He's an above-average receiver behind the plate, showing the ability to set a low target, block pitches in the dirt and natural instincts gloving pitches in either direction. Seigler has a strong, accurate throwing arm that grades as above-average or better. He's also a switch-hitter and shows the ability to stay inside the ball and drive it to the opposite field from either side of the plate. Seigler is committed to Auburn.
Isaiah Byars | MIF | Team Elite Prime | Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.)
Byars can do a little bit of everything. He's a steady-handed defender in the infield, and he has quick hands in the batter’s box, showing sneaky pull-side power. Byars also runs well, and reached first base in less than 4.3 seconds from the right side on one ground ball at the event. Byars went 4-for-14 with a triple and a double in Sarasota.
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Connor Scott | OF/LHP | Orlando Scorpions Prime | Plant High (Tampa)