BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have signed infielder Alfredo Rodriguez, who played in the Frontier League the past two seasons, for the 2017 campaign.
“I am extremely excited to come to the Patriots. I have heard nothing but great things about everything over here,” said Rodriguez. “The Atlantic League will be a challenge, but that is what I am really looking forward to.”
Rodriguez enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’0” natural shortstop previously spent the last two seasons with the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League. Rodriguez never missed a start in his two seasons with the Slammers, both years leading the league in games played (96).
Last year, the Oak Hill, Virginia native hit .281 with a career-high 21 stolen bases; in 2015, Rodriguez batted a career-high .287 with 18 stolen bases.
In each of his five professional seasons, Rodriguez has always held an on-base percentage of .341 or higher. That includes a career-high .385 OBP last year in Joliet. His career on-base percentage stands at .368.
“Alfredo is one of those guys you just can’t wait to see in camp,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “I have heard great things about his defensive ability in the infield and that he shows a lot of maturity for his age at the plate. Alfredo does a great job getting on base and pressures opposing teams with his speed. He has the potential to be a complete player for us this year and we are thrilled to have him.”
The University of Maryland alumnus was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent the first three years of his career in the Brewers organization, including a season with High-A Brevard County in 2014. Rodriguez owns a career .276 average with 12 home runs, 165 RBI and 72 stolen bases over five professional seasons.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season, which includes the team’s 20th anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, are on sale. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.