“From the first day I stepped foot in that clubhouse, I knew I was a part of something bigger than myself,” said Rodriguez. “The organization treated me like I was family and I am honored to be a part of this organization and everyone involved in it. The Somerset Patriots are more than a team, they are a family.”
Rodriguez first joined the Somerset Patriots for the 2017 season. He led the team in doubles (20), ranked second in games played (112), at-bats (405), hits (104) and finished third in runs (57) and walks (50) that season. Additionally, Rodriguez hit .412 (7-for-17) with three runs scored in the playoffs.
The everyday shortstop enjoyed a breakout 2018 season that saw him achieve a number of accolades, including both Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star honors, the All-Star Game MVP award and the Patriots’ team MVP award.
As for stats, Rodriguez led the Patriots in games played (122), at-bats (432), hits (131), runs (69), and RBI (55). His .303 batting average ranked second on the team and 10th in the Atlantic League, while his .395 on-base percentage was also second on the team and fourth in the league. He set a career-high with five home runs: fourth most on the team.
The Oak Hill, Virginia native led all Atlantic League shortstops in batting, on-base percentage, games, runs, doubles, and walks (58). He also ranked second amongst shortstops in at-bats, hits, RBI and stolen bases (17). Defensively, Rodriguez played in more innings (1,034.2) and recorded more put-outs (190), assists (309), and double plays (76) than any other shortstop in the league.
Rodriguez also shined on the league’s biggest stage, going 3-for-3 from the plate in the Atlantic League All-Star Game. He reached base four times and recorded two RBI – including the game-tying and walk-off game-winning runs – en route to being named the game’s MVP.
At the end of the regular season, Somerset Patriots fans voted Rodriguez as the team MVP. His impressive season carried over to the Atlantic League playoffs, where he went 7-for-16 from the plate, good for a team-best .438 batting average. He also scored a pair of runs, drew a team-high five walks and finished with a .591 on-base percentage over five games.
Rodriguez returned in 2019 for a second straight All-Star season in Somerset. He finished last year with a .267 average, 55 runs scored, 125 hits, 26 doubles, four home runs and 48 RBI in 131 games played.
“The first word that comes to mind when I think of Alfredo Rodriguez is gamer. Alfredo was a true hardnosed baseball player. He handled everything he encountered in a first-class manner with respect, pride, dedication and extreme work ethic,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Alfredo took pride in giving everything he had each and every night. I can honestly say I never saw him take a play off or let some bad call or play affect his next moment. ‘Rod’ was always a dominant defender for us at shortstop, but he also matured into a very good hitter for his team. He could handle the stick and would do whatever was necessary to help the team win. Alfredo was an outstanding teammate who cared for his brothers. He was a huge part of our clubhouse chemistry and a leader on and off the field. It was an honor to work alongside Rod and I am proud to have gained a valuable relationship with a great person.”
For his Somerset career from 2017-2019, Rodriguez ranks among the franchise leaders with 167 walks (9th), 360 hits (11th), 64 doubles (12th), 1,305 at bats (13th) in 365 games played (13th). He has compiled a .276 batting average and 135 RBI during his time with the team.
Rodriguez was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent the first three years of his career in the Brewers organization, including a season with High-A Brevard County in 2014.
Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.