Collision scare for Rodríguez in Olympics

Keeping tabs on the No. 5 overall prospect

July 30th, 2021

July 29: Brushes off collision in second Olympic game with three hits
Julio Rodríguez was part of a scary collision with second baseman Gustavo Nuñez during the third inning of the Dominican Republic's matchup with Mexico on Thursday. The two ran into each other going for a fly ball in shallow right field and both stayed down for a few minutes before returning to their feet. Rodríguez stayed in the game. Nuñez stayed in to finish the inning, but was later lifted for Yefri Perez in the fourth. Rodríguez didn't let the collision faze him, as the Mariners' No. 2 prospect doubled in his at-bat during the bottom of the inning and went 3-for-4 at the plate. He is now 4-for-9 through the Dominican's first two Olympic games. Boxscore »

July 28: Collects first hit of Tokyo Olympics
The last time baseball was played at the Olympics, Julio Rodríguez was just 7 years old. Thirteen years later, Rodríguez notched the first hit of baseball's return in Tokyo with a first-inning single. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect went 1-for-5 in the Dominican Republic's loss to Japan. He also made a nice running catch in right field to keep the D.R. on top to end the seventh inning. The D.R. will face Mexico on Thursday in their second game of group play. More »

July 18: Departs to join DR for Olympics
Julio Rodríguez left Double-A Arkansas on Sunday to join the Dominican Republic as they get ready for the Tokyo Olympics. Prior to his departure, Rodríguez had two home runs in four games against a Northwest Arkansas club that features MLB's No. 7 prospect Bobby Witt Jr. The DR will kick off baseball's return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008 on July 28, taking on Japan in Fukushima.

July 16: Slams homer in showdown with Witt Jr.
Julio Rodríguez and MLB's No. 7 prospect Bobby Witt Jr. gave fans in Northwest Arkansas their money's worth, as both phenoms slammed homers in their matchup Friday. Rodríguez did all he could for Double-A Arkansas, smashing a solo shot and scoring three times in a 2-for-5 performance, but Witt and his three-run dinger had the last laugh as the Naturals took down the Travelers. Rodríguez is now hitting .280 with three home runs and a .850 OPS at the Double-A level, with two of those home runs coming over the past three days. Gameday »

July 15: Reaches twice in win
Julio Rodríguez reached safely for the second straight night, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as part of the Travelers' 4-3 win over Northwest Arkansas. Since his promotion June 29, Rodríguez leads all hitters on the Double-A Arkansas roster in walks (9), slugging (.444) and OPS (.855). Gameday »

July 14: Breaks slump with grand slam
Julio Rodríguez broke his 0-for-13 slump in grand fashion Wednesday night, launching a grand slam in Double-A Arkansas' win over Northwest Arkansas. J-Rod's night ended early, though, as he was ejected following a strikeout in the seventh. Rodríguez went 1-for-4 prior to the ejection. He now has eight home runs on the year, two of those coming at the Double-A level. In the same game, MLB's No. 7 prospect Bobby Witt Jr. launched a homer of his own. Gameday »

July 13: Hitless in loss
Julio Rodríguez couldn't get it going Tuesday night, as the Mariners' No. 2 prospect went 0-for-5 in Double-A Arkansas' loss to Northwest Arkansas. He has failed to record a hit in three straight games, going 0-for-12 in that span. It is only the fifth hitless game for Rodríguez since his promotion to Double-A on June 28. Gameday »

July 11: Parents in town for Futures Game
Julio Rodríguez was already excited about the opportunity to play in his first SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. When his parents surprised him by flying to Denver from the Dominican Republic, it took that anticipation to another level.

“It’s the first time they have watched me play [in the U.S.],” Rodríguez said. “I’m trying to enjoy it the best I can.”

Rodríguez, the No. 5 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, went 0-for-2 with a walk in the American League’s 8-3 loss to the National League. But the chance to suit up with some of the game’s brightest young stars -- as well as fellow Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic -- was more important to him than the final score.

“It’s been good to get together in the field again,” Rodríguez said of Kelenic. “It’s fun.”

July 9: Another rare hitless night
Julio Rodríguez went hitless for the second game in a row, a first for him at the Double-A level. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect went 0-for-3 at the dish and came around to score in Arkansas' win. Rangers' No. 7 prospect Hans Crouse held Arkansas in check through the first five innings, allowing just three hits for Frisco. Crouse did hit Rodríguez with a pitch in the fourth, though, marking the only time J-Rod would reach base in the game. Gameday »

July 8: Records just third hitless game since promotion
Thursday marked a rare quiet night for Julio Rodríguez, as the 20-year-old star struggled and went 0-for-4 at the plate. It was just the second game since his promotion on June 29 that the Dominican outfielder did not record either a hit or a walk. Gameday »

July 7: Reaches base three times again
Julio Rodríguez continues to pummel Double-A Central pitching, reaching base three times for the second straight game and going 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and a base on balls. He also fired a strike across the diamond to record an out at third base for his first outfield assist since being promoted to Double-A Arkansas. The Mariners No. 2 prospect is now hitting .471 (8-for-17) through six games this month while also adding a league-high eight walks during that span. Gameday »

July 6: Reaches base three times
Double-A Frisco pitchers wanted no part of Julio Rodríguez Tuesday night, walking the No. 5 overall prospect twice in Arkansas' win. They showed some respect to the hard-hitting outfielder in the eighth inning, intentionally walking him to load the bases. J-Rod went 1-for-2 on the night with a run scored. He is hitting .348 since his promotion to Double-A with a 1.038 OPS. Gameday »

July 4: One of two Travelers with hit
Julio Rodríguez only had one hit in Sunday's game, but it was an impressive feat as Dodgers No. 7 prospect Ryan Pepiot twirled a gem for Double-A Tulsa. Pepiot tossed seven perfect frames before walking a batter in the eighth and leaving the game to his bullpen, who then went on to give up two hits to end the contest including a single to Rodríguez in the ninth. Pepiot struck out Rodríguez twice in the three times he faced him and J-Rod ended the night 1-for-4. Gameday »

July 3: Reaches base twice in win
While it wasn't quite the explosive day Julio Rodríguez had on Friday, he still reached base twice in a hitless game Saturday. The 20-year-old outfielder walked twice in his fifth game at the Double-A level, going 0-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts. J-Rod's batting average dropped from a blistering .429 to a more modest .353. Gameday »

July 2: Reaches base four times in Game 2 of DH
Julio Rodríguez seems to have no problem with Double-A. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect went 3-for-3 with a walk in the second game of Arkansas' doubleheader against Tulsa. Overall, Rodríguez reached base seven times across both games and went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, three singles and three walks on the day. Through four Double-A appearances, J-Rod is hitting .429 with a 1.270 OPS. Gameday »

July 2: Smashes go-ahead three-run homer for first in Double-A
Double-A Central pitchers, meet Julio Rodríguez. A postponement on Thursday didn't faze J-Rod, as it only took him three games to launch his first Double-A home run. Baseball's no. 5 overall prospect smashed a three-run shot to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning of the first game of Arkansas' doubleheader with Tulsa, powering them to a 3-1 win. Rodríguez reached base three times in the first leg, going 1-for-2 with two walks batting out of the two-hole. His tenure with the Travelers is still young, but Rodríguez is hitting .273 with a 1.065 OPS. Gameday »

June 30: Returns to earth in second Double-A game
A night after recording a multi-hit game in his Double-A debut, Julio Rodríguez struggled at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Rodríguez's diverse set of skills was still on display though as he turned a hit-by-pitch into a steal of second base and a run scored in the game's first inning. Gameday »

It was announced earlier today that Rodríguez has been invited to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, adding yet another accolade to the highly touted prospect's career.

June 29: Doubles in big Double-A debut
Star right fielder Julio Rodríguez showed out in his Double-A debut, going 2-for-5 and recording an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. Rodríguez joined the Arkansas Travelers roster after not only helping the Dominican National Team qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this month, but also hitting .325 with six home runs and 21 RBIs across 28 games with High-A Everett. More >

June 28: Promoted to Double-A
The Mariners promoted Rodríguez to Double-A Arkansas after his red-hot start to the Minor League season.

Rodríguez had a .325 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage and .992 OPS in 28 games at High-A Everett, with six home runs and five stolen bases.

June 26: Helps Dominican Republic advance to Tokyo
Julio Rodríguez flashed the leather in right field as the Dominican Republic advanced to Tokyo with an 8-5 victory over Venezuela. At the dish, the No. 5 overall prospect in baseball went 0-for-3 but drew a walk. Official rosters for the 2020 Olympics will be announced shortly, with opening ceremonies taking place on Friday, July 23.

June 17: Joins Dominican Republic for Olympic qualifying
Julio Rodríguez left the High-A Everett AquaSox Thursday to join the Dominican Republic for Olympic qualifiers in Mexico. Rodríguez did the same in May, but the D.R. did not qualify then as the United States won the first qualifier.

June 16: Collects single in loss
Julio Rodríguez had a fairly quiet night in High-A Everett's 4-3 loss to Vancouver, going 1-for-5 on the night. His lone hit was a single. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect has had at least one base hit in 11 of his past 13 games and in all but one game since returning from Olympic qualifiers. Gameday »

June 15: Records second 3B, first fielding error
Baseball's no. 5 overall prospect continues to torch High-A pitching, as he filled up the box score with a 2-for-5 performance that also featured three runs scored, a triple, two RBIs, and a walk. Since returning from his stint with the Dominican National Team earlier this month, Rodríguez is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with four extra-base hits. The lone blemish from Rodríguez's otherwise dominant display came during the sixth inning, when he committed his first fielding error of the season (one of eight total between both teams) and extended a seven-run rally for the opposition. Gameday »

June 12: Doubles in quiet night
Julio Rodríguez had another quiet night for High-A Everett Saturday night, going 1-for-4 with a double in the AquaSox win over Eugene. It was J-Rod's eighth double of the year and his 15th extra-base hit in 26 games. He is now hitting .327 on the year. Gameday »

June 11: Goes hitless in win
It was a rare off night for Julio Rodríguez, as the 20-year-old outfielder went hitless for the first time since May 21, ending his eight-game streak. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in High-A Everett's loss to Eugene Friday night. Despite the hitless performance, his batting average still sits at .330. Gameday »

June 10: Extends hitting streak to eight
Julio Rodríguez salvaged what would've been a hitless Thursday night during his last at-bat in the eighth, slapping a single to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Rodríguez reached base three times in total, going 1-for-3 with two walks as High-A Everett took home the win against Eugene. Rodríguez is now hitting .343 on the year, pacing the High-A West by a good margin. Gameday »

June 9: Posts his first four-hit game of 2021
Julio Rodríguez is back to terrorizing pitchers for High-A Everett. Baseball's No. 5 prospect went 4-for-5 with three runs, three RBIs and his sixth homer of the year on Wednesday. He ended up a triple shy of the cycle in his first four-hit effort since Aug. 2019. Rodríguez has a .414 average during his current seven-game hitting streak. For the season, he is batting .344 with a 1.047 OPS across 23 games. More »

June 8: 1-for-4 in MiLB return
Julio Rodríguez registered one hit, one run and one RBI for High-A Everett in his first Minor League game since May 27 on Tuesday. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect is coming off a fantastic showing at the WBSC Olympic Baseball Americas Qualifier, where he went 11-for-24 with two home runs and seven RBIs in five games. It was reminiscent of what he's accomplished for the Aquasox this season; Rodríguez owns a .319/.404/.571 slash line through 22 games with Everett. Gameday »

June 5: Rodríguez wraps up impressive qualifier
Julio Rodríguez, the No. 5 overall prospect, helped the Dominican Republic to a 6-5 comeback victory over Canada in the final game of the WBSC Olympic Baseball Americas Qualifier. Rodríguez reached base three times and came through with what proved to be the game-winning RBI single as the D.R. rallied from a pair of deficits to earn the win. Rodríguez singled in the third inning and came around to score, tying the game at 3 after Canada had jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He was then intentionally walked in the fourth inning before stepping to the plate in the eighth inning with two on, two outs and the game tied at 5. Rodríguez ripped a single up the middle, plating the go-ahead run that proved to be the decisive tally.

The Mariners' No. 2 prospect finished the Olympic qualifier with 11 hits, three more than any other player. He hit .458 (11-for-24) with two home runs and seven RBIs for the Dominican Republic.

June 4: Rodríguez keys DR rout
Rodríguez had a three-hit, three-RBI day to set the tone for the Dominican Republic in its 14-4 victory over Venezuela in the first game of the Super Round. After singling in the first inning, Rodríguez came through with a two-run base knock in the second inning. Then, with his club holding a three-run lead in the eighth, Rodríguez delivered another RBI single to ignite a late-game rally that helped the Dominican Republic pull away.

June 2: Julio homers twice to propel DR to Super Round
Rodríguez came up big for the Dominic Republic in Wednesday's decisive matchup against Nicaragua in the opening round of the WBSC Olympic Baseball Americas qualifier, homering twice in a 3-for-5 performance to lead Team D.R. to a 13-3 eight-inning rout and into the Super Round.

Rodríguez got things going early for the Dominican Republic with a two-run blast in the first inning and he added a massive solo shot in the seventh. The 20-year-old slugger, who also singled, is now 6-for-14 over three games in the tournament.

Team D.R. will face the second-place finisher from Group B on Friday, while Team U.S.A. also advanced from Group A.