Although the Chicago Cubs may feel that they have the upper hand in any trade that they make, that is not always the case. This seems to be the case in rumors with the Baltimore Orioles. The Cubs have been rumored to be interested in their top two pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.
There have been reports that the Orioles are now unwilling to part with those two young pitchers and thus the upper hand the Cubs thought they had in trade talks, is gone. With that being said the Cubs may have to in a sense, “settle” for a lesser pitcher if they were to trade with the Orioles. That pitcher could be a big left-handed Venezuelan with a lot of promise named Eduardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed pitcher that hails from Valencia, Venezuela. The 21-year-old is listed as the number 65 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America and is the third best prospect in the Orioles organization. Rodriguez was signed by the Orioles as an undrafted free agent on January 22, 2010. He has since been in the minor league system for the Orioles organization.
Rodriguez has not dominated at the minor league level, but he has the potential to do more than he has been doing. He has a career record in the minors of 22-23 with an ERA of 3.38. This year he is struggling some as his ERA is 5.00. Although he is having his struggles, he is still young and has the talent to right the ship. Rodriguez has a good fastball that sits in the low 90s and can touch 95 mph occasionally. He also possess a curveball and changeup to go along with the two- and four-seam fastball.
The Cubs may want an elite prospects like Bundy or Gausman, but if the Cubs were to get Rodriguez it would be a job well done by the front office. Rodriguez would come to the organization and immediately become the second best pitching prospect behind C.J. Edwards. Most scouts believe that he has a ceiling of either a number 2 or 3 starter which is fine if you are the Cubs. He may not be the most elite pitching prospect, but he is still a very good prospect that will help improve the organization immediately.
Pairing Rodriguez along with Edwards could give the Cubs a potential one-two punch that the organization is in dire need of. If the Cubs were to “settle” for Rodriguez, I think that it would be a more than good enough acquisition for the organization as I am sure that many teams would love to be in a position in which they have to settle for a talent such as Rodriguez.