Daily updates on Julio Rodríguez from May

Keeping tabs on the No. 5 overall prospect

June 1st, 2021

May 27: Extends streaks before departing
Rodríguez extended his hitting streak to five games, stole a base and scored on an error before exiting Everett's game against Vancouver. Baseball's No. 5 overall prospect will now head across the country to Florida and represent the Dominican Republic's national team as they attempt to qualify for this summer's Tokyo Olympics. He begins his hiatus from the Mariners' High-A affiliate hitting .322 with five HR and 15 RBIs across 21 games so far this season. Gameday »

May 26: Extends hit and on-base streaks
Rodríguez has put together a nice four-game hitting streak, going 1-for-5 with a run scored in High-A Everett's 7-3 victory over Vancouver. Seattle's No. 2 prospect has also reached base safely in his past seven games. Gameday »

May 25: Drives in two in multi-hit night
Rodríguez had himself yet another multi-hit night for High-A Everett, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk against Vancouver. The 20-year-old outfielder also stole a base in his performance, as the AquaSox scored three in the ninth to topple the Canadians. Rodríguez brought his season average up to a healthy .325. More »

May 23: A hit and a walk
Rodríguez registered a single for the second straight game as part of a 1-for-5 day at the dish. He also recorded a fifth inning walk and came around to score on a wild pitch. Gameday »

May 22: Back in the hit column
Rodríguez bounced back from a hitless effort to post a 1-for-4 night at the plate. He also scored a run and was hit by a pitch. Seattle's no. 2 prospect has yet to find his footing on the road, as he is hitting just .244 (11-for-45) with no home runs and 4 RBIs away from Funko Field. Gameday »

May 21: Records RBI in hitless night
Rodríguez recorded an RBI on a groundout in High-A Everett's 8-6 win over Spokane Friday night. The 20-year-old outfielder ended the night 0-for-4 though, striking out twice and walking once. Rodríguez has slipped a bit since his seven-game extra-base hit streak, but is still hitting .313 on the year. Gameday »

May 20: Another multihit game for Rodríguez
Rodríguez laced two singles in High-A Everett's 3-2 loss to Spokane. Rodríguez ended the night 2-for-4 with a strikeout. The Mariners' No. 2 prospect has been tearing the cover off the ball in High-A, as his batting average now sits at .333 through 15 games this season. Gameday »

May 19: Breaks up no-hit bid in loss
Julio Rodríguez collected a single for High-A Everett Wednesday, as the AquaSox were dropped by Spokane 5-3. Rodríguez's lone hit broke up Rockies farmhand Ryan Feltner's no-hit bid in the seventh inning. Everett scored three runs in the ninth in a late comeback attempt, but Rodríguez was stranded on-deck with the tying run on first. He ended the night 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Gameday »

May 18: Fails to reach base in loss
Mariners fans just can't seem to catch a break tonight as hits were hard to come by for both the big league club and No. 2 prospect Julio Rodríguez. Rodríguez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in High-A Everett's 5-2 loss to Spokane, snapping his 10-game hit streak. His numbers still look great though, as he's batting .327 and his OPS sits at a sterling 1.140. Gameday »

May 17: Julio set to play for D.R.
Rodríguez will play for the Dominican Republic in its upcoming Olympic qualifier, the Mariners announced Monday.

The Dominican national team begins play in the Baseball Americas Qualifier in Florida on May 31.

The Dominican Republic is part of Group A of the Americas qualifier along with the U.S., Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. Group B of the qualifier is made up of Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia.

May 16: Homers in fourth straight game
What's hotter than Julio Rodríguez right now? The sun, possibly? The Mariners' No. 2 prospect tallied another three hits on Sunday, including his fourth home run in as many games. He also recorded three runs and three RBIs en route to extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Rodríguez owns a fantastic slash line in 12 games at High-A Everett -- .353/.441/.784 -- and his success is definitely getting the attention of the big league club in Seattle. More »

May 15: Goes deep yet again
Julio Rodríguez's power surge continued on Saturday as the Mariners' No. 2 prospect launched a home run for a third consecutive game. His latest blast came in the fifth inning as he hit a no-doubt shot to center field.

Rodríguez has been crushing High-A pitching of late; he has 14 hits in 37 at-bats during his current nine-game hitting streak. That includes four homers, nine RBIs and 10 extra-base hits. All of that success has ballooned his OPS up to an eye-popping 1.154 through 11 games with the Everett AquaSox. Gameday »

May 14: Sends another homer into orbit
Julio Rodríguez is on another planet right now. The 20-year-old outfielder hit his second home run in as many days in a 1-for-4 day for High-A Everett. Rodríguez now has seven extra-base hits in his past five games and three homers on the year. Mariners fans have plenty to be excited about at the moment with Rodríguez playing some incredible baseball and top prospect Jarred Kelenic tallying three extra-base hits Friday night against Cleveland. More »

May 13: Slugs home run, double during big night
While it wasn't the day Mariners fans expected for Jarred Kelenic's debut, Julio Rodríguez provided some solace as baseball's No. 5 prospect had a huge day at the plate for High-A Everett. Rodríguez launched a solo home run and a double in a 2-for-5 performance. The 20-year-old outfielder also recorded a walk and scored twice in Everett's 15-1 win.

Rodríguez has been on fire to start the year, hitting .342 with a 1.116 OPS and a seven-game hit streak to boot. Over the past four games, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect went 8-for-17 with two home runs, three doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Gameday »

May 13: Jump to bigs 'wouldn't be entirely shocking'
On the day Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert were to make their respective Major League debuts, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that while he doesn't "want to suppose [a debut for Rodríguez] is likely to happen in 2021," the youngster has the talent and potential to "jump two or three levels at this tender age." More »

May 12: Rodríguez doubles and scores twice
Julio Rodríguez had yet another extra-base hit Wednesday, slapping a double for High-A Everett. It wasn't as big a night as yesterday for Rodríguez though, as the Mariners farmhand went just 1-for-4 on the night with two runs scored, a walk and a strikeout. The 20-year-old outfielder now has a hit in each of his past six games. Gameday »

May 11: Triple shy of the cycle in huge night
On the heels of Jarred Kelenic's impending callup, Julio Rodríguez made sure to let Mariners fans know he's on his way as well. Baseball's No. 5 prospect went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and a walk for High-A Everett Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to five games in the AquaSox' 13-3 rout of Tri-City. Rodríguez raised his batting average to .345 and his OPS to 1.045 with his performance. More »

May 9: Rodriguez does it all
Rodríguez stole multiple bases for the first time in his career Sunday afternoon, swiping second base in the eighth inning before snagging his second bag of the afternoon in the 10th and final frame. All in all Rodríguez recorded a triple, knocked an RBI single and scored the deciding run while elevating Everett to an 8-7 victory. Gameday »

May 8: Collects a hit in solid night
Julio Rodríguez went 1-for-3 for High-A Everett tonight, tallying a single, a walk and a run scored. It wasn't the flashiest of performances, but Rodríguez did a little bit of everything in Everett's 3-0 win. The 20-year-old outfielder lifted his season average to .250. Gameday »

May 7: Rodríguez notches first extra-base hit
Julio Rodríguez collected his first extra-base hit of the season Friday, as the Mariners prospect went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. Overall though, it was a relatively quiet game for Rodríguez as High-A Everett only mustered two runs on the night. Gameday »

May 6: Rodríguez reaches base four times, collects two RBIs
Julio Rodríguez had his finest game of the young season, reaching base four times in a 12-1 blowout. Baseball's No. 5 prospect went 2-for-4 with two singles, two walks and two RBIs in his third game of the year. The future looked very bright for Mariners fans Thursday as fellow M's prospect Jarred Kelenic launched two home runs for Triple-A Tacoma as well. Gameday »

May 5: Rodríguez goes hitless in second game
Starting in right field and batting second, Rodríguez went 0-for-5 in his second appearance with High-A Everett. Rodríguez, who picked up a base hit in his season debut, struck out once, flied out once and grounded out three times, including a GIDP in the 10th inning. Despite not picking up a hit, Rodriguez and the AquaSox won the game in extra innings, 3-2. Gameday »

May 4: Base hit in season debut
Julio Rodríguez picked up a base hit and finished 1-for-4 in his debut with High-A Everett. Rodríguez, 20, played in 17 games at the High-A level back in 2019 and, while the sample size was small, he dominated the competition. The Mariners' prospect hit .462 with two homers and posted a .514 on-base percentage. While it may be hard to replicate those numbers over an extended period of time, there are some lofty expectation for Rodríguez this season and he may move quickly through Seattle's system. Gameday »

April 30: Prospects we're excited to see
There are several prospects we are excited to see in 2021 and Julio Rodríguez certainly fits into this category. After he impressed everyone in big league camp, watching Rodríguez trying to climb his way through the system, despite his relative lack of professional experience, will be tons of fun. More »

April 30: High-A to start the season
Rodríguez will start the season with High-A Everett, the Mariners announced. The 20-year-old impressed in both Major League and Minor League Spring Training, but enters the 2021 season with just 143 games of professional experience. Of those 143 games, only 17 have come above the Class A level.

April 28: When will Rodríguez reach MLB?
Jim Callis and Sam Dykstra handled this question on this week’s Pipeline Podcast, so tune in to hear their complete breakdown of this question. Jonathan Mayo also weighed in in the Pipeline Inbox and stated the following ...

Rodríguez is bit of a wild card since he hasn’t played above A ball, has just under 550 career at-bats and is only 20 years old. That said, J-Rod has continued to turn heads with how he’s played and how he carries himself, including in big league camp this year and in Minor League Spring Training. So it wouldn’t surprise me if he defies expectations and forces the Mariners’ hand this season. Yes, it might depend on where the team is in the standings and how the current outfield is performing, but I’ll take the over on that 60 percent, with a September callup a possible outcome. More »

April 1: What's the long-term potential?
Who would you rather have long term: Rodríguez, Spencer Torkelson or Adley Rutschman? That question was recently posed in the MLB Pipeline Inbox and while Rodríguez is the lowest-ranked prospect of the three (all are in the top five), Jonathan Mayo does suggest that he'd be tempted to pick the Mariners' young star. More »

March 26: Reassigned to Minor League Spring Training
Rodríguez played well during Spring Training, and may still get some at-bats in Cactus League games, but he won't be on the Mariners' Opening Day roster. He wasn't expected to make the club out of Spring Training, so this move is more of a formality than anything else, but Rodríguez did play well and could move quickly through the system with a strong start to the 2021 season. More »

March 21: Another day, another homer
Rodríguez went deep for the second time this spring, a moonshot that cleared the deepest part of the park in left-center field, in Seattle's win over the Brewers. The young outfielder has homered twice in the past four days and is hitting .330 so far in camp. More »