CPBL’s Wei Chuan Dragons sign Ronny Rodriguez

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The Wei Chuan Dragons of Taiwan’s Chinese professional baseball league announced this afternoon that they have agreed to a contract with an infielder Ronnie Rodriguez (h/t on CPBL statistics). It will be the first CPBL action for the 29-year-old, who spent time in Japan last season as a member of the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

Rodríguez has two seasons of major league experience, playing in all four infield positions with the Tigers in 2018-19. After seven seasons in the Indians organization, Rodríguez signed with Detroit as a minor league free agent during the 2017-18 offseason. He earned his first MLB call-up in May 2018, making 206 plate appearances in 62 games as a rookie.

Despite hitting just .220/.256/.335 in his debut campaign, right-hander Rodríguez got a pretty decent run the following season. He appeared in just over half of Detroit’s games and displayed an intriguing power, hitting 14 homers with an impressive .217 ISO (slugging minus batting average). Yet Rodríguez also struck out with an alarming 27.9% clip while putting in just 4.4% of his plate appearances, contributing to an unsustainable .252 percentage on base.

The Brewers requested Rodríguez from waivers the following offseason, but he never appeared in a game with Milwaukee. He spent most of the 2020 campaign at their alternate training location before being finally dropped from the roster in September. Rodríguez’s jump to NPB last season proved fruitless as he stumbled to a .197/.216/.426 mark in 125 appearances with the Fighters. He will seek to further the .293/.324/.473 line he assembled in parts of four Triple-A seasons during his freshman year with the Dragons.

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