VICE PRESIDENT, BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Carlos Rodriguez enters his 12th season with the Rays and third as vice president. He transitioned from vice president, player development and international scouting to vice president, baseball operations in December 2021, a change illustrating his broader leadership scope within the department. In this role, Rodriguez assists Erik Neander in all areas of baseball operations while overseeing the club’s player development, baseball performance science, international scouting and academy operations. This has led to a more comprehensive player development environment, including the expansion of sport nutrition initiatives and individualized player performance and wellness programs. His contributions have resulted in a farm system ranked among the majors’ top two by Baseball America for four consecutive seasons. In 2021, the club’s minor league affiliates experienced unprecedented success, including a .653 winning percentage among domestic affiliates—the highest rate for an organization in the modern era of the minor leagues (since 1963). From 2015-19, Rodriguez served as director of international scouting, following three years as director of Latin American scouting (2012-14). As director, he grew the Rays scouting presence around the globe and refined the organization’s international evaluation and procurement processes. During this stretch, Rodriguez played a key role in scouting and signing José Alvarado, Jonathan Aranda, Vidal Bruján, Genesis Cabrera, Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos, Wander Franco, Ronaldo Hernández, René Pinto, Cristopher Sánchez and Jesús Sánchez, among others. Rodriguez joined the Rays in the fall of 2010 as a professional and international scout after four seasons with the Blue Jays as an area scout. In 2009, he signed Yan Gomes from Barry University, the first Brazilian-born player to reach the major leagues. A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez attended the University of North Florida where he played and served as an assistant coach. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in business, double majoring in international business and economics. He and his wife, Omayra, reside in Tampa with their daughter, Eva Marie.