12. OF Carlos Rodriguez
For only being 19 years old, Carlos Rodriguez is proving himself to be a potential big league regular down the road. At the time of his signing, the Venezuelan native was only 16 years old and was ranked 26th in the Top 30 International Prospects in 2018 by MLB Pipeline.
Between Rookie levels Arizona and Rocky Mountain in 2019, Rodriguez posted a .329/.346/.416 slash line, which isn’t bad for a 19-year old player, especially in his first full season stateside. He still has a lot of growing to do, but with him being so young, he’s got all the time in the world to develop and show why he could be a viable addition to the Milwaukee Brewers big league roster one day.
Rodriguez’s two best tools are his speed and defense in centerfield. Sticking in centerfield is key for his value in the big leagues, considering he doesn’t hit for much power. If he can continue to hit above .300 like he did last year, the lack of power will not be a concern. Rodriguez would profile as a top of the order type hitter with his speed and contact ability.
His maturity level and overall talent could put him on a faster track to the big leagues. He’s not quite a raw of a prospect as other 19 year old international signees might be. Rodriguez will likely start the 2020 season in Low-A and if he succeeds there, could find himself in High-A before the year is over. If he continues to hit this well in full season ball, Rodriguez will continue to make gains up this list. For now, he falls at No. 12.