The Milwaukee Brewers have taken their second JUCO pitcher on Day 2 of the 2021 MLB Draft, this time going to Florida to find Carlos Rodriguez from Florida SouthWestern State.
Rodriguez pitched in just one JUCO season but was impressive enough to as a 19 year old to convince the Brewers he was worth taking a shot on. During his lone campaign with the Buccaneers, he posted a 2.11 ERA across 47.0 innings pitched. Rodriguez struck out 62 batters versus just 12 walks.
The right-hander was not ranked among Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects, but according to Prep Baseball Report, Rodriguez throws a fastball that tops out at 93 MPH along with a curveball, changeup, and slider. Some notes from that website suggest that Rodriguez has a “[l]ean, athletic, up tempo delivery, intent. Some effort, inconsistent release. Young arm, a lot to like as there is more in there to come.”
The slot value for pick #177 is $279,500.