Cardinal Rodriguez Makes GCL All-Star Team

Managing Editor
Posted Oct 3, 2008

St. Louis Cardinals prospect, 20-year-old outfielder Ryde Rodriguez, has been named a 2008 Gulf Coast League All-Star in his first professional season.

You asked for it, so we have it! The 2008 Gulf Coast League Post-Season All-Star Team has been announced with Cardinals outfielder Ryde Rodriguez among the 11 players chosen.


The 20-year-old Cuban native, now living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, stood out during his first regular season action as a professional. Rodriguez finished fourth in the circuit in batting average (.329) and tied for ninth in RBI (28) for a 17-38 Cardinals club that had the second-poorest record in the league and the third lowest-scoring offense.


After 41 games in the GCL, the powerfully-built (6-foot-3, 232 pounds) right-handed hitter was promoted to the Johnson City Cardinals, where he went 5-for-15 (.333) in the Appalachian League to close out a most successful rookie campaign.


Cardinals Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow is excited about what he saw this season and plans to keep pushing the talented outfielder.


“I think he is going to be a tremendous baseball player. His work ethic is certainly there, his body is there. We just need to challenge him,” explained the farm director.


Coming up soon, we will run an in-depth article for subscribers outlining Rodriguez’ progress as a professional as Luhnow and coach Mike Shildt offer much more on their views of the talented outfielder.


We’ll also be looking into another high-ceiling prospect from the 2008 Gulf Coast League Cardinals, shortstop Yunier Castillo. Subscribe now so you don’t miss out!


The 2008 Gulf Coast League All-Star Team


Pos Name Org T Ht Wt Age WL IP H K BB ERA SV
SP Nelson Pereira Pit L 5-11 194 19 6-2 50 41 46 10 1.62
RP Ryan Bergh Phi R 6-4 220 23 3-1 28.1 25 26 4 0.64 9

Pos Name Org B/T Ht Wt Age AB R H 2B HR BI
C Jonathan Talley Tor L/R 6-4 225 19 140 18 42 7 6 29
1B Justin McClanahan Tor R/R 6-1 200 22 163 33 46 8 8 32
2B Robert Brooks Atl R/R 6-1 180 20 155 30 51 7 3 20
3B Juan Sanchez Min R/R 5-11 181 21 137 26 43 12 2 17
SS Esmailyn Gonzalez Was S/R 5-11 183 18 181 42 62 12 2 33
OF Aaron Hicks Min S/R 6-2 175 18 173 32 55 10 4 27
OF Ryde Rodriguez StL R/R 6-3 232 20 143 19 47 9 0 28
OF Chris Curran Was L/R 5-9 150 20 209 55 65 8 1 22
DH V. De Los Santos Phi R/R 6-1 176 21 187 32 47 11 10 45


Manager of the Year Tom Prince of the Pirates led his club to the Southern Division title with a league-best .661 winning percentage.


Most Valuable Player Esmailyn Gonzalez hails from the Eastern Division-winning Nationals.


The Phillies, represented on the All-Star Team by reliever Ryan Bergh and designated hitter Vladimir De Los Santos, were awarded the 2008 GCL Championship as they took two of three games from the Nationals.


In terms of All-Star selections, the Phillies, Nationals, Twins and Blue Jays dominated the team, with two players each.


Organization All-Stars Reg Season Champs
Phillies 2 Division League
Nationals 2 Division Runner-up
Twins 2 Wild Card
Blue Jays 2
Pirates 1 Division
Cardinals 1
Braves 1
Dodgers 0
Marlins 0
Mets 0
Tigers 0
Yankees 0
Indians 0
Red Sox 0
Reds 0
Orioles 0



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