PACO RODRIGUEZ, 21, relief pitcher
Final 2012 stats: 0-1, 1.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings
Contract status: Under Dodgers control.
The good: Let’s see, he’s left-handed, throws pretty hard and has surprising command. Surprising, because last spring he was pitching at the University of Florida.
But Rodriguez became the first player selected in last June’s amateur draft to be called up to the majors, and he was mostly an undisputed success. Despite spending only two months in the minors, he was called up in September and seemed anything but overwhelmed by being in a major-league clubhouse.
In his stops in the minors at Class-A Great Lakes and double-A Chattanooga, he averaged 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Appears to be as effective against right-handed hitters as he is against lefties.