Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz Salem Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 20 
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: Mid 2026

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Pronunciation: -
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 (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2024): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @elmer.rodz

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  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: 91-93 mph. Tops out at 95. Could add velocity as he physically matures. Command and control need work. Has not shown the consistent ability to miss bats with it so far in his career. Potential average offering.

Curveball: 76-78 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. Advanced feel. Pitch shows depth and tight rotation. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 86-88 mph. Will show late drop at its best. Slows arm on occasion, but consistency and quality improved in 2023. Potential average offering.
  Slider: 84-86 mph. Work in progress. Clear fourth pitch. Potential below-average offering.

Career Notes: Young for his class, drafted as a 17-year-old. Was committed to Oregon prior to signing. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Missed more than a month of the 2023 season with right elbow inflammation.

Summation: Potential emergency depth starter. Ceiling of a back-end starting pitcher. . Has a four-pitch mix, with three showing average potential, but stuff is on the pedestrian side overall and there are questions about how many bats it will miss against more advanced hitters. Solid pitchability. Arsenal does not look like it would translate to a bullpen role, so most likely will have to show he can stick in the rotation.

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

Links
Red Sox select Elmer Rodriguez with fourth-round pick (7.12.2021)
Notes from the Field: Luis Perales and Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz (4.26.23)
 
   
     
    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 6.0 3 1 1 0 0 3 6 1.00 9.00 4.50
2023 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 19 6 3 2.60 14 14 0 55.1 43 25 16 4 2 27 51 1.27 8.30 4.39
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