For those who were enthused about the 2019 international market, the Dodgers made a decent-sized splash on Tuesday when they signed a pair of Venezuelan prospects—16-year-old outfielder Luis Rodriguez and 15-year-old righty pitcher Kristian Cordozo.
The Dodgers signed six total international players on the day; however, Rodriguez and Cordozo were the only two ranked in the Top 30 of this year’s international prospect pool, according to MLB Pipeline. Rodriguez was ranked fourth while Cordozo was ranked 21st.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com gave fans a brief idea about both players in a column on Tuesday morning.
Sanchez says that 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.”
Sanchez describes Cardozo as having “an easy, repeatable delivery paired with a loose and under control arm action. He has shown the ability to throw strikes and his three quality pitch mix stands out for a player his age. Cardozo’s fastball usually sits in the 90-mph range for multiple innings, and he has been up to 92 MPH with good command.”
The biggest signing of the 2018 international prospect pool for the Dodgers was Venezuelan backstop Diego Cartaya.
TBPC profiled Cartaya last November.