The New York Mets went with a hometown boy with their tenth-round pick of the 2018 MLB Draft, selecting shortstop Manny Rodriguez out of the University of Cincinnati.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rodriguez, 21, bolted the area and attended Calvert Hall, a private boys Catholic school in Baltimore, Maryland, as a youngster.
Rodriguez letter four times at the school and was a key component in helping the Cardinals win three MSA/MIAA Class “A” Conference Titles.
He did not get drafted out of high school and opted to attend Division I University of Cincinnati, where he put up so-so numbers in his first three years.
However, Rodriguez felt he needed to make adjustments, and therby altered his swing and mindset in his senior year, attacking pitches early in the count he felt he could handle. It worked, as the five-ten-inch, 165-pounder slashed 292/.374/.589 with 12 dingers.
Moreover, Rodriguez reached base in all 50 games he played, either via hit, walk or getting plunked by a pitch.
Defensively, he has the make up to be a very good shortstop, displaying superb range and a strong arm at the infield position.
It’s a good bet, in my opinion, that Brooklyn Cyclone fans will see Rodriguez in Coney Island when he signs with the Mets organization.