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Sean Rodriguez

Tampa Bay Rays — No. --
Second baseman
Born: April 26, 1985 (1985-04-26) (age 24)
Miami, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 19, 2008 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .203
Home runs     5
Runs batted in     14
Stolen bases     3
Teams

Sean John Rodriguez (born April 26, 1985 in Miami, Florida) is a Major League Baseball second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays.

High school career

Rodriguez began his high school career at Miami Coral Park Senior High School. Rodriguez played center field and displayed good arm strength. Although he was successful in center field, he wanted to play shortstop. However, during his freshman year shortstop was occupied by the eventual third overall pick of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft (Luis Montanez). After Montanez graduated there was an intense competition for the shortstop position between three top candidates: Guillermo Martinez (Florida Marlins), Robert Valido (Chicago White Sox), and Rodriguez. Eventually, Valido won the battle with Martinez moving to third and Rodriguez to center. Rodriguez was never happy in center leading to his eventual transfer to G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School.

Professional career

Rodriguez was drafted out of high school by the Anaheim Angels in the 3rd round (90th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Rodriguez began his professional career for the Rookie League Tempe Angels in 2003. In 54 games, he batted .269 with 2 home runs.

Rodriguez split the 2004 season between the Rookie League Provo Angels and the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels. In a combined 121 games, he batted .297 with 14 home runs. Rodriguez was named to the Pioneer League postseason All-Star game and was the MVP of the game.

Rodriguez spent the entire 2005 season playing for the Kernels. He played in 124 games and batted just .250 with 14 home runs.

In 2006, Rodriguez split the year between the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, and the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees (just 1 game for them). In a combined 135 games, he batted .307 with 29 home runs. His 135 games were a career high for him and so were his .307 batting average, 29 home runs, 77 RBI, 522 at-bats, and his 34 doubles. He also led the Quakes with 24 home runs, a .299 batting average, and was tied for first in doubles with 29. Rodriguez was also named to the California League midseason and postseason All-Star game and after the minor league season, was named by Baseball America and Topps as a Class A All-Star.

In 2007, Rodriguez played for the Travelers again, this time for an entire season. In a career high 136 games, he batted .254 with 17 home runs and 73 RBI. He led the Travelers with his 136 games played, 17 home runs, 73 RBI, 84 runs (tied), and came in second with 129 hits and 31 doubles. Rodriguez was also a Texas League midseason and postseason All-Star.

Rodriguez struggled with hitting towards the end of the Angels' 2008 season, batting under .180 into September

On November 2, 2007, Rodriguez's contract was purchased by the Angels, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. Rodriguez began the 2008 season for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. On April 18, 2008, he was recalled from the Bees and made his major league debut the next day against the Seattle Mariners. He went 1-4 in his debut. On September 1, 2009, he was the 3rd player to be named that was involved with the Scott Kazmir trade.

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