On Rodriguez: Features a hard sinker which he attacks batters with early in the count ... Has been a useful reliever over the past two seasons, with the ability to work in long relief or get out of trouble spots in shorter stints ... Dependable arm who should once again be in the mix to earn a role in the bullpen during the year.
Career: Has made 36 relief appearances over the past two seasons and is 2-2 with a 5.09 ERA ... In 40 2/3 innings, has allowed 52 hits and 30 runs (23 earned) while issuing 29 walks and recording 20 strikeouts ... Has not allowed a home run to the 204 batters he has faced ... Opponents are batting .319 against him.
2016: Developed into one of the Wildcats most reliable arms out of the bullpen ... Ranked third on the team with 23 appearances, all of which came in relief ... Went 1-1 with a 4.39 ERA in 26 2/3 innings ... Allowed 32 hits and 18 runs (13 earned) while issuing 18 walks and recording 14 strikeouts ... Batters hit .308 against him ... Faced 129 batters and gave up just two extra-base hits, and no home runs ... Induced 36 groundball outs, compared with 23 outs in the air ... Had five outings of two innings or more, including pitching a season-high four innings against Boston College ... Allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) with a walk and a strikeout in that game ... Logged 2 1/3 scoreless innings with a season-high four strikeouts against Saint Peter's ... Two days later pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief while giving up just a pair of walks against La Salle ... Pitched one inning and earned the win at Penn; BIG EAST: Pitched in seven conference games and logged five innings ... Had an 0-1 record and a 9.00 ERA ... Allowed 12 hits and seven runs (five earned) with three walks and four strikeouts ... Pitched a scoreless inning at Georgetown.
2015: Pitched in 13 games out of the bullpen and was 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA ... Logged 14.0 innings and allowed 20 hits and 12 runs (10 earned) to go along with 11 walks and six strikeouts ... Did not allow a home run to the 75 batters he faced ... Opponents batted .339 against him ... Gave up just one earned run over 8 2/3 innings spanning his first seven appearances of the season ... Recorded one out and was the beneficiary of a Villanova rally to earn his first collegiate win against Saint Joseph's; BIG EAST: Made five appearances versus BIG EAST foes and compiled a 2.70 ERA over 6 2/3 innings ... Allowed nine hits and two earned runs with five walks and three strikeouts ... Pitched a season-high three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks to go with a strikeout, against Georgetown ... Made his next appearance against Xavier and tossed two scoreless frames.
De La Salle High School: Three-sport athlete who earned a total of seven varsity letters, including three in baseball and two in both football and swimming ... Was a pitcher and an outfielder for the baseball team ... Named a Chicago Catholic League White Division first team all-conference selection as a senior and was previously an honorable mention selection as a junior ... Earned MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a linebacker for the football team ... Recipient of the Chicago Catholic League All-Academic Scholar-Athlete award for both baseball and football ... Also was presented with the Brother I. Austin Award for academic and athletic excellence in both sports ... His academic achievements also include being named to the Principal's Honor Roll and being inducted into the National Honor Society ... Received awards for Academic Excellence in Spanish and Math, and was a United States History Scholar.
Personal: Born 12/27/95 in Chicago, Ill. ... Older of two sons of Jason Rodriguez and Claudia Solis ... Has a younger brother, Aaron (19), who plays college football at Incarnate Word ... Has a relative, Kelly Rodriguez, who played on the Villanova water polo team from 2001-05 ... Hobbies include heritage dancing and weightlifting ... Chose to attend Villanova for its rigorous academic standards, the sense of community on campus and the opportunity to play Division I baseball in the BIG EAST Conference ... English major.