July 27, 2006 - RiverHawks reliever Auggie Rodriguez is in the current issue of Baseball America magazine.
J.J. Cooper profiles the pitcher in his independent-league notebook. Rodriguez doubles as a member of the RiverHawks Stadium grounds crew, but the lefty’s story is even better than that.
Rodriguez played the outfield in college and was invited to try out last year for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks by the team’s pitching coach, Pedro Baez.
“I came in to try out for a position and Pedro asked me if I wanted to pitch,” Rodriguez said.
Just like that, Rodriguez was plugged into the starting rotation of the last-place team. Though he had a 2-9 record, his earned-run average was a respectable 4.14 and he held opposing batters to a .222 average. The RiverHawks picked him up in last fall’s dispersal draft after Mid-Mo suspended operations.
Rodriguez has played professionally in both hemispheres. He played for Kinheim in the Dutch Major League and other European teams led to games in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. He pitched last offseason inthe Puerto Rican League, one of the four Latin American leagues that participate in the Caribbean Series and also where many major-leaguers winter. He’s also played domestically for Selma in the now-defunct Southeastern League.