Joshua Joel Rodriguez…was originally signed by Indians scout Les Pajari…graduated from South Houston High School…attended Rice University…was named Western Athletic Conference Freshmanof-the-Year in 2004 after batting .306 and starting 51 of the 60 games for the defending national champions…finished his career at Rice by hitting .344 with 11 homers and 64 RBI in 70 games as a junior.
Combined to hit .263 with nine home runs and 53 RBI in 88 games with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville…added 54 walks for a .381 on-base percentage…the 88 games played were his fewest since 2011…batted .263 in 52 games with the RockHounds and .264 in 36 games with the Sounds…hit .269 (52-for-193) against right-handed pitching compared to .250 (22-for-88) against left-handers…however, hit five home runs in 88 at bats against lefties (17.60 at bats per home run) compared to four in 193 at bats against righties (48.25 at bats per home run)…batted .220 with the bases empty, .313 with eight of his nine home runs with runners on base…had a ..333 batting average with runners in scoring position, including .356 with RISP and two outs…went 4-for-10 (.400) with two grand slams and 17 RBI with the bases loaded…appeared at every position except catcher…played in 24 games at second base, 22 at shortstop, 14 at designated hitter, 11 at first base, 10 in left field, three in right field, two at third base and one each in center field and at pitcher…had five errors as a shortstop (.948 fielding percentage), three as a second baseman (.968), two as a first baseman (.983) and one as a third baseman (.800)…batted .325 as a second baseman, .240 at all other positions…had a .394 batting average in the ninth inning…hit in every spot in the order except third, fourth and fifth…saw his most action with 33 games batting ninth.
Rule Five selection was a member of Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster, but spent a majority of season in the minor leagues...Hit .258 (76-for-295) with six doubles, seven home runs, 19 RBI and 33 runs scored in 81 combined games with Triple-A Columbus, Triple-A Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona...Made Major League debut as a pinch runner on 4/5 at St. Louis...Made first big league start at shortstop on 4/6 at St. Louis and went 0-for-3 at the plate...Played final five innings at second base of 14-inning game on 4/8 vs. Colorado; walked and scored winning run with two outs in the 14th...Made second start at shortstop on 4/9 and went 0-for-3...Singled off Chris Volstad for first Major League hit on 4/21 at Florida...Was designated for assignment on 4/22 after the Pirates claimed Brandon Wood off waivers from Los Angeles (AL)...Was returned to Indians organization on 4/29 and assigned to Columbus...Made 11 appearances in left field, five at third base and three in center field for the Clippers...Was traded to Pittsburgh organization on 6/20 and assigned to Indianapolis...Went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI in first game with Indy on 6/22...Was transferred to Altoona on 6/28...Played in 17 games for the Curve before being promoted to Indianapolis on 7/17...Returned to Altoona for the remainder of the season on 7/21...Hit a leadoff home run in first game back with Altoona on 7/22...Hit .359 (14-for-39) during a nine-game hitting streak with the Curve from 7/15-28...Delivered a walkoff single in the 11th inning on 9/4 vs. Richmond.
Hit .297 (113-for-380) with 30 doubles, 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 107 minor league games...Established career high in doubles...Began season with Akron (Indians' AA), where he played eight games at third base, five at shortstop, four
at second base and two in right field...Hit lone Double-A home run on 4/25 at Bowie...Was hitting .291 after 19 games and was
promoted to Columbus (Indians' AAA) on 5/18...Homered in second Triple-A game on 5/19 at Gwinnett...Hit .200 (6-for-30) in first
10 games with Columbus before going 3-for-3 on 6/6 at Indianapolis...Hit safely in 13 of his next 16 Triple-A games, raising average
from .200 to .337...Was sent back to Akron on 6/26 and went 4-for-8 in two games before returning to Columbus on 6/28 for the
rest of the season...Batted .392 (31-for-79) overall in 22 games during the month of June...Homered twice on 7/29 vs. Buffalo...Went
hitless in seven straight games (24 at bats) from 8/7-17 and produced a .213 (20-for-94) average in 26 games during the month
of August...Rebounded to hit .500 (14-for-28) in his last eight games, which included a 4-for-4 performance on 9/1 at
Indianapolis...Made 54 appearances at shortstop, 19 at second base, four in left field, one at third base and one in center field
while playing with Columbus; made his final 35 appearances at shortstop.
Was limited to just 33 games with Akron due to more than three months spent on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain...Was hitting .314 when he was placed on the D.L. on 4/30...Was reinstated on 8/18 and went hitless in next four games (12 at-bats) and 1-for-21 in first seven games upon return to action...Hit safely in seven of his final eight games (14-for-33, .424), which
included a four-hit game at Altoona on 9/2...Hit .353 against left-handed pitchers and .268 against righthanders...Made all 29
defensive appearances at second base...Also went hitless in 13 at bats as the designated hitter...Participated in the Arizona Fall
League and hit .222 (12-for-54) with a homer and four RBI in 15 games with Peoria.
Spent entire season with Akron and was named to Eastern League mid-season All-Star team...Established minor league career highs in games played and at bats...Led team in games, runs, triples and walks...Made 74 appearances at shortstop and 62 at second base...Produced a 15-game hitting streak from 5/27 thru 6/11...Knocked in 22 of his 49 runs in 29 games during the month
of June...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and hit .169 (13-for-77) with seven RBI in 23 games with Surprise.
Spent entire season with Kinston and led Carolina League in runs...Also ranked second in total bases (227), walks and triples, third in home runs, fourth in RBI and fifth in extra-base hits (49)...Finished third in the Cleveland system in RBI and tied for fourth in homers...Named to Carolina League post-season All-Star team...Tied a Kinston franchise record in triples...Was just
the second player in Kinston history to put up at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season (also Jon Nunnally, who
had 24 homers and 23 stolen bases in 1994)...Made all 125 defensive appearances at shortstop...Had six RBI on 5/30 vs.
Wilmington...Homered twice and had nine RBI on 8/2 vs. Lynchburg...Homered in four straight games from 8/6-9...Went 9-for-
29 (.310) with five homers and nine RBI in seven games and was named Carolina League Player-of-the-Week for week ending
8/12...Hit .299 (35-for-117) with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 31 games during the month of August...Was also named Playerof-
the-Week for the final week of the season after batting .385 (10-for-26) with two triples, a homer, five RBI and three stolen
bases in seven games.
Spent first professional season with Mahoning Valley after being selected by Cleveland in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft (57th player chosen overall)...Hit safely in each of his first five games and batted .321 (17-for-53) in 16 games during the month of July...Hit first pro home run and knocked in four runs on 7/21 vs. Vermont...Had five hits and scored four runs
on 8/26 at Batavia...Homered in three straight games from 9/1-3...Was hitting .216 following the action on 8/25, but went 17-for-
41 (.415) in his final 12 games...Made 42 appearances st shortstop and three at second base.