The 27 y/o was signed last year in March and assigned to Binghamton where he played in 57 games hitting .290 with a .373 OBP before being promoted to Buffalo. In AAA he appeared in 65 hitting .265 with a .327 OBP. For both Mets clubs he played primarily SS with a little 2B and 3B sprinkled in.
Rodriguez came up through the Indians organization until he was selected as the number one overall pick by the Pirates in the 2010 rule five draft. He made the Pirates out of spring training where they thought his glove would help him stick as a utility player. He appeared in seven games, 12 AB getting one hit for a .083 BA.
He was returned to Cleveland at the end of April in 2011 and then traded back to the Pirates in mid June of that same year.
The Rice graduate was selected as a 21 y/o by the Indians in 2006 and posted moderate offensive numbers in the lower levels of the minors until 2009 in his second year in AA where he hit .295 in 33 games. The next season he started the year in AA and hit .317 until he was promoted to AAA where he hit .293 in 86 games. 2011 he bounced between AA/AAA with both Pitt. and Clev. hitting overall .258.
Rodriguez, 26, hit .293 last season in 86 games at Columbus, the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Rodriguez proved during spring training that he is adept enough defensively to hold his own in the big leagues.
"He's not your typical Rule 5 guy," Huntington said. "He's a little better-equipped to handle the major league environment than a typical Rule 5 guy." source Triblive