CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #218
Wei Chuan Dragons News: Ronny Rodríguez
DOUBLE DRAGON! The Wei Chuan Dragons will be using two foreign hitters in the lineup.
After weeks of speculations, on January 19, the Wei Chuan Dragons general manager finally confirmed the signing of Ronny Rodríguez for the 2022 CPBL season.
“Both Ronny Rodríguez and Telvin Nash would be able to provide the much-needed firepower in our left field, first base and third base,” Dragons GM told SET News.
Ronny Rodríguez, the 29-year-old Dominican infielder was active in MLB from 2018 to 2019. During his two seasons with the Detroit Tigers, he slashed .221/.254/.396 with 19 home runs over 500 plate appearances. It is worth mentioning that he hit 14 home runs in 2019 with the Tigers.
Despite his less than ideal MLB numbers, Rodríguez’s Triple-A stats are a lot more desirable. From 2018 to 2019, he posted a strong OPS of .923 and .930, respectively. The Triple-A league average were .709 and .789, to give some perspective.
In 2021, Ronny Rodríguez signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the NPB. In 125 plate appearances, he posted a slash line of .197/.216/ .426. Out of his 24 hits in the NPB, 15 were extra-base hits. There were also signs of him adjusting to the NPB towards the end of the 2021 season.
Defensive wise, Rodríguez would be very flexible for the Wei Chuan Dragons. In the past three seasons, he demonstrated he could play first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2022 CPBL season.