Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz Salem Red Sox Pitcher

Age: 19
Born: August 18, 2003
Birthplace: Trujilo Alto, PR
Height: 6-3
Weight: 160
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th round, 2021 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Oregon commit)
High School: Leadership Christian (PR)
ETA: 2026

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First Pro Contract: July 24, 2021 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Edgar Perez
Signing Bonus: $497,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2025
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
Pro Debut: June 14, 2022 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
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  Physical Description: Tall, lean frame with long levers. Needs to add strength, but has the frame to support added weight. Good athleticism.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. High leg left. Coils before coming forward. Arm swing behind; hides the ball. Uses his height to get good extension. Has arm speed. Some effort in delivery.

Fastball: 90-93 mph. Tops out at 95. Could add velocity as he physically matures. Command and control need work. Potential above-average offering.

Curveball: 75-78 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. Advanced feel. Pitch shows depth and tight rotation. Potential plus offering.

Changeup: 80-83 mph. Some drop. Good separation from fastball. Slows arm some. Potential fringe-average offering.
  Slider: Work in progress. Potential below-average offering.

Career Notes: Young for his class, drafted as a 17-year-old. Committed to Oregon. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Earned a promotion to Salem following the end of the FCL season.

Summation: Early ingredients for a potential back-end starter, but there is a wide gap between what he is and what he could be. Already shows a four-pitch mix, with his fastball and curveball showing the most potential. Needs to improve his changeup and slider and physically mature to take the next step in his development.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

Red Sox select Elmer Rodriguez with fourth-round pick (7.12.2021)
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2022 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18 0 3 1.95 11 8 0 32.1 28 14 7 0 1 12 36 1.24 10.09 3.34
  2022 Salem Red Sox Car Rk Bos 18 0 0 1.50 2 2 0 6 3 1 1 0 0 3 6 1.00 9.00 4.50
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 19     stats                            
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