Pittsburgh Pirates Promote Catching Prospect Endy Rodríguez to Majors
In an exciting move for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 23-year-old catching prospect Endy Rodríguez is being promoted to the majors. Rodríguez, along with infielder Liover Peguero, will join the Pirates ahead of their upcoming series against the Cleveland Guardians.
The decision to promote Rodríguez comes just a day after the Pirates announced that right-hander Quinn Priester would start Monday’s series opener. This demonstrates the team’s confidence in Rodríguez’s abilities and their commitment to developing their young talent.
Rodríguez has had an impressive season in the minor leagues, particularly in Triple-A where he has been performing exceptionally well. So far, he has a batting average of .268, an on-base percentage of .356, and a slugging percentage of .415. In addition to his six home runs, Rodríguez has contributed 38 RBIs and four stolen bases. These numbers have earned him recognition as the second-best prospect in the Pirates’ system, according to CBS Sports.
The Pirates acquired Rodríguez from the Mets in a three-team trade in January 2021, recognizing his great offensive potential. He has consistently demonstrated his skills across multiple levels, with an impressive OPS of .892 in 2021 and .996 in 2022.
In terms of his position on the field, Rodríguez has played various positions throughout his career, adding versatility to his skill set. Though the Pirates currently have Austin Hedges and Jason Delay sharing catching duties, Rodríguez’s offensive abilities may earn him more playing time.
Rodríguez’s promotion is part of the Pirates’ broader youth movement, which has seen the call-up of other highly touted prospects such as Henry Davis, Nick Gonzales, and Carmen Mlodzinski. This focus on developing young talent reflects the team’s commitment to building for the future.
With a current record of 41-52 on the season, the Pirates are looking to inject fresh energy into their lineup and turn their fortunes around. They most recently suffered an 8-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but the addition of Rodríguez to the team may provide the spark they need.
As Rodríguez makes his way to the majors, Pirates fans eagerly anticipate his debut and the impact he could have on the team. With his offensive prowess and versatility, Rodríguez has the potential to become a key contributor and an exciting player to watch in the Pirates’ lineup.