Pittsburgh Pirates’ prospect Endy Rodriguez has been promoted from High-A Greensboro to Double-A Altoona. According to MLB Pipeline, Rodriguez is ranked as the Bucs’ fifth-best prospect in the system.
Rodriguez, 22, has spent his entire season in Greensboro. In 88 games on the year, Rodriguez has slashed .302/.392/.544. He is tied for third in the South Atlantic league with 23 doubles, tied for eighth in home runs (16) and tied for ninth in RBIs (55).
Defensively, Rodriguez has displayed his versatility and athleticism. The bulk of his time in the field as come at his natural position of catcher, but he has also appeared at first base, second and in left field.
The Pirates originally acquired Rodriguez from the New York Mets as part of a five-player return in the three-team trade that sent starting pitcher Joe Musgrove to San Diego.
Since being acquired, Rodriguez has shot up the ranks in the Pirates’ minor league system, thanks in part to his strong hitting ability, his improved power as well as his defensive upside.
Altoona is now the full-time home to each of the Pirates’ top five prospects on Pipeline as he joins Henry Davis, Nick Gonzales, Quinn Priester and Liover Peguero.