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Dodgers to Sign Luis Rodriguez, 4th Ranked International Prospect

Venenzuelan outfielder ranked #4 on MLB Pipeline’s top-30 list.

Venezuelan outfield prospect Luis Rodriguez signs with the Dodgers. Image from Jesse Sanchez, MLB.

Jesse Sanchez reports that the Dodgers and international free agent Luis Rodriguez have agreed to a deal.

MLB’s Jesse Sanchez hits us with some nice images from Rodriguez’s contract signing.

Rodriguez is a 16 year-old Venezuelan outfield prospect, and was ranked number 4 on MLBPipeline’s top-30 international prospects list for this free agency period.

Sanchez provides some insight into Rodriguez’s approach at the plate and in the field.

Rodriguez is a pure hitter and a natural athlete. He has sound approach in the batter’s box and has shown the ability to use all fields with consistent and hard contact.

There’s a nice rhythm and balance to his swing, and although he’s primarily a line drive hitter now, there have been flashes of power, which could increase as he develops. Rodriguez is a quality defender in center field now and makes all of the plays, but it’s uncertain if that’s where he will stay. – Jesse Sanchez, MLB.

There is no word yet as to how much Rodriguez signed for. The Dodgers are known to have draft pool money in the range of $4.8M; they forfeited $500k when signing AJ Pollock this offseason.

Rodriguez comes as part of the 2018-2019 international signing period which includes inking highly regarded catching prospect Diego Cartaya out of Venezuela last season.

Ben Badler of Baseball America adds that “several scouts consider him the No. 1 player out of Venezuela this year. Badler also shared some video of Rodriguez.

Welcome to the Dodgers, Luis!

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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