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#25 John Rodriguez - DH

Career Highlights: 18th season of professional baseball and third with the Wingnuts…re-signed by Wingnuts on 1/28/14…originally signed by Wingnuts on 4/6/12…played in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005 and 2006, helping them win back-to-back National League Central Division titles, as well as the 2006 World Series championship…also has seven years of experience at the Triple-A level…career .337 hitter with 226 home runs and 907 RBI in 5,222 at bats over 1,480 games played…career totals also include 898 runs scored, 1,478 base hits, 297 doubles, 44 triples, 91 stolen bases, and 625 walks…has a career .368 on-base percentage and a .487 slugging percentage…has collected 100 or more base hits in a season eight times, hit .284 or higher nine times, reached 10 or more home runs 13 times, and totaled at least 50 RBI ten times…Major League resume includes base hits against numerous noteworthy pitchers, including AJ Burnett, Roger Clemens, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Hudson, Brad Lidge, Greg Maddux, Roy Oswalt, Jake Peavy, Ben Sheets, John Smoltz, and Carlos Zambrano…has played in 12 Major League playoff games, including Game Four of the 2006 World Series…named the Wingnuts’ 2012 Most Valuable Player…signed by the New York Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 1996…played at Brandeis High School in New York, New York…married to Evelyn…has five children: Abie, Isiah, Kayla, Madison, and John Jr.…full name is John Joseph Rodriguez

2013

Wichita (American Association/Ind.): Hit .337 with 19 home runs and 86 RBI for the Wingnuts in 100 games…scored 85 runs with 26 doubles, four triples, 14 stolen bases, and 42 walks…struck out just 56 times…had a .396 on-base percentage and a .560 slugging percentage…2013 American Association All-Star DH..finished second in the American Association in RBI, tied for second in runs scored, fourth in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in batting average, tied for fifth in home runs, tied for 10th in doubles, and 15th in on-base percentage …hit safely in 78 of 100 games…had 43 multi-hit games, including eleven 3-hit games, and three 4-hit games…reached base in 90 of 94 games with a hit, walk, or hit by pitch…hit .344 at home and .332 on the road…hit .303 against LHP and .348 vs. RHP…hit .355 with runners on base (220 AB)...hit .336 with runners in scoring position (131 AB)…set Wingnuts'franchise record for RBI (126) with RBI double on 7/18 vs. LIN...collected 1,500th career hit and 900th career RBI on with three-run home run on 7/8 vs. AMA...named American Association Batter of the Week for 8/5-8/11...had 12-game hitting streak from 7/27-8/8...had 10-game hitting streak from 5/20-5/31...had an RBI in seven consecutive games from 7/5-7/11 (11 RBI)...scored run in six consecutive games from 6/15-6/19 (10 runs)...scored run in six consecutive games from 5/24-5/31 (nine runs)...hit game-ending sacrifice fly on 5/29 vs. AMA...4-4 with a double and RBI on 7/11 vs. KC...4-6 with two runs and a triple on 7/31 @ EP...3-5 with three runs, two home runs, and four RBI on 8/28 @ LIN

2012
Wichita (American Association/Ind.):
Hit .332 with 16 home runs and 81 RBI for the Wingnuts in 94 games…scored 67 runs with 18 doubles, one triple, five stolen bases, and 39 walks…struck out just 44 times…had a .400 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage…finished tied for sixth in the American Association in batting average, tied for ninth in home runs, tied for fourth in RBI, tied for 11th in total base hits, 12th in on-base percentage, and tied for 11th in slugging percentage…named Wingnuts’ 2012 Most Valuable Player…hit safely in 71 of 94 games…had 38 multi-hit games, including eight 3-hit games, two 4-hit games, and one 5-hit game…reached base in 80 of 94 games with a hit, walk, or hit by pitch…hit .333 at home in 177 AB, .332 on the road in 196 AB…hit .329 against LHP (82 AB)…hit .374 with runners in scoring position (123 AB)…struck out more than once in just three games all season, and never struck out more than twice in any of them…went back-to-back games without a hit just three times all season, and went more than two consecutive games without a hit just once…2 for 4 with three runs, double, triple, and two RBI on 5/23 vs. New Jersey…drew three walks on 5/29 at Fargo-Moorhead…4 for 5 with two RBI on 6/2 vs. Grand Prairie…scored a run in six consecutive games from 6/5-6/10 (nine total runs)…2 for 5 with two runs, double, home run, and four RBI on 6/5 vs. Sioux City…3 for 5 with run, double, and four RBI on 6/7 vs. Sioux City…scored a run in five consecutive games from 6/17-6/21 (nine total runs)…2 for 5 with two runs, home run, and four RBI on 6/18 vs. Amarillo…5 for 7 with four runs, double, home run, and four RBI on 6/21 at Sioux City…had 8-game hitting streak from 7/1-7/9 (14 for 32, .438)…drew a walk in five consecutive games from 7/4-7/8 (five total walks)…3 for 4 with run, two doubles, and four RBI on 7/4 at Grand Prairie…3 for 6 with three runs, double, and two RBI on 8/1 at Amarillo…had 8-game hitting streak from 8/16-8/24 (16 for 32, .500)…drove in multiple runs in four consecutive games from 8/19-8/24 (nine total RBI)…3 for 5 with two runs, home run, and two RBI on 8/21 at El Paso…4 for 5 with run on 9/2 at St. Paul…3 for 5 with three runs, home run, and two RBI on 9/3 at St. Paul…helped the Wingnuts reach the American Association Championship Series…6 for 26 (.231) with six runs scored, two home runs, and five RBI in six playoff games…3 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and four RBI in Game Two of the Division Series on 9/6 at Laredo

Mexico City (Mexican/AAA): 4 for 26 (.160) in seven games for the Diablos Rojos with one home run and four RBI…scored two runs with two doubles and one walk…homered and had two RBI on 3/16 at Quintana Roo…2 for 5 with a run, double, and an RBI on 3/21 at Reynosa

2011
Long Island (Atlantic/Ind.):
Hit .313 with 18 home runs and 81 RBI in 82 games played for the Ducks…scored 74 runs with 16 doubles, two triples, two stolen bases, and 43 walks against only 42 strikeouts…finished with a .398 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage…ranked ninth in the Atlantic League in batting average, fourth in RBI, fifth in on-base percentage, third in slugging percentage…helped Long Island to the Atlantic League’s best overall record…had four multi-home run games…hit .337 at home in 163 AB, .284 on the road in 141 AB…hit .270 vs. LHP (100 AB) with three home runs…hit .458 with RISP (83 AB)…hit .500 with RISP and two outs (36 AB)…hit safely in 60 of 82 games…had 24 multi-hit games, including seven 3-hit games and two 4-hit games…had 16 multi-run games, including two 3-run games, one 4-run game, and one 6-run game…had 19 multi-RBI games, including five 3-RBI games, four 4-RBI games, one 5-RBI game, and one 8-RBI game…3 for 5 with three runs, two home runs, and three RBI on 4/30 at Bridgeport…had 8-game hitting streak from 5/6-5/14 (10 for 29, .345, 10 RBI)…2 for 4 with two runs, double, triple, and four RBI on 5/13 vs. Atlantic League Road Warriors… had 15-game hitting streak from 5/25-6/11 (23 for 52, .442, 20 R, 21 RBI)…had an RBI in five straight games from 5/27-6/1 (six total RBI)…scored three runs on 6/4 vs. Somerset…3 for 5 with two home runs, six runs scored, and eight RBI on 6/9 at Lancaster…3 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and four RBI on 7/31 vs. Atlantic League Road Warriors…3 for 5 with two runs, home run, and four RBI on 8/5 at Somerset…scored a run in 10 straight games from 8/7-8/20 (15 total runs)…2 for 3 with two runs, double, home run, and four RBI on 8/7 vs. Lancaster…4 for 6 with four runs, double, two home runs, and five RBI on 8/13 at Lancaster…4 for 4 on 9/18 vs. Bridgeport with a run scored…helped Ducks reach the Atlantic League playoffs…had two runs scored and four RBI in eight playoff games

2010
Long Island (Atlantic/Ind.):
Hit .304 for the Ducks with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 89 games played…scored 50 runs with 21 doubles, four stolen bases, and 41 walks against just 46 strikeouts…posted a .392 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage…played in the Atlantic League All-Star Game for the Liberty Division…hit safely in 61 of 89 games…had 30 multi-hit games, including seven 3-hit games and one 4-hit game…hit .279 at home in 165 AB, .329 on the road in 164 AB…hit .289 vs. LHP (89 AB)…hit .292 with RISP (89 AB)…3 for 4 with three doubles on 5/14 vs. Bridgeport…2 for 3 with two runs, home run, and three RBI on 6/6 at Lancaster…drew three walks and scored three runs on 6/12 vs. Lancaster…4 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI on 6/28 at York…walked three times on 6/29 at York…had 9-game hitting streak from 7/10-7/23 (12 for 35, .343)…2 for 5 with three runs and an RBI on 8/17 at Somerset

Veracruz (Mexican/AAA): Hit .228 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 31 games for the Rojos del Aguila…scored 20 runs with nine doubles, one triple, two stolen bases, and 14 walks…had a .331 on-base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage…had eight multi-hit games, including three 3-hit games…scored a run in five straight games from 3/20-3/25 (five total runs)…hit .328 (20 for 61) over final 17 games with Veracruz from 4/1-4/22…3 for 5 with a run, two doubles, a triple, and two RBI on 4/2 at Yucatan…3 for 5 with three runs and two doubles on 4/4 at Yucatan…walked in seven consecutive games from 4/13-4/21 (seven total walks)

2009
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International/AAA):
Hit .261 for the Yankees with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 93 games played…had 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, two triples, and 37 walks…had a .352 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage…hit .239 at home in 142 AB, .278 on the road in 180 AB…hit safely in 57 of 93 games…had 19 multi-hit games, including one 3-hit game, two 4-hit games, and one 5-hit game…had 14 multi-RBI games, including six 3-RBI games and three 4-RBI games…hit .312 with runners in scoring position (93 AB)…scored a run in seven straight games from 4/9-4/18 (12 total runs)…4 for 5 with three runs and an RBI on 4/11 at Lehigh Valley…scored a run in five straight games from 4/22-4/27 (eight total runs)…5 for 7 with four runs, two doubles, and two RBI on 4/25 at Rochester…had 7-game hitting streak from 5/2-5/8 (10 for 28, .357)…drove in a run in seven consecutive games from 5/2-5/8 (14 total RBI)…2 for 4 with a run, home run, and four RBI on 5/8 at Louisville…scored a run in six straight games from 5/23-5/28 (seven total runs)…homered in three straight games from 5/23-5/25 (three total home runs)…2 for 4 with a run, home run, and four RBI on 6/16 vs. Toledo…4 for 4 with a double, triple, and three RBI on 8/4 at Pawtucket…helped Yankees reach the International League Championship Series…6 for 22 (.273) with a home run and an RBI in six playoff games

2008
New Orleans (Pacific Coast/AAA):
Hit .288 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 43 games for the Zephyrs…scored 21 runs with six doubles, one triple, and 17 walks…had a .395 on-base percentage and a .448 slugging percentage…hit safely in 23 of 43 games…had nine multi-hit games, including two 3-hit games and one 4-hit game…had four multi-RBI games, all of which were 3-RBI games…hit .333 with runners in scoring position (39 AB)…2 for 3 with a run, home run, and three RBI on 6/18 at Iowa…walked three times on 6/23 vs. Omaha…scored a run in six straight games from 6/30-7/5 (eight total runs)…had 6-game hitting streak from 7/2-7/7 (12 for 26, .462 7 R, 6 RBI)…4 for 5 with two runs, home run, and three RBI on 7/4 at Albuquerque…3 for 5 with a run, home run, and three RBI on 7/5 at Albuquerque

Durham (International/AAA): Appeared in 26 games for the Bulls, hitting .259 with six home runs and 12 RBI in 26 games…scored 12 runs, hit three doubles, and drew 10 walks…hit safely in 15 of 26 games…had seven multi-hit games…2 for 5 with two runs, home run, and four RBI on 4/9 at Colorado Springs

2007
Memphis (Pacific Coast/AAA):
Hit .263 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 55 games for the Redbirds…scored 35 runs with 12 doubles, one triple, one stolen base, and 23 walks…finished with a .375 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage…had 11 multi-hit games, including four 3-hit games…scored three runs and drew three walks on 4/30 at Omaha…2 for 3 with two runs, two doubles, and an RBI on 5/7 vs. Albuquerque…3 for 5 with three runs double, home run, and three RBI on 5/9 at Salt Lake…had 6-game hitting streak from 6/1-6/8 (9 for 23, .391, 8 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI)…scored a run in five straight games from 6/1-6/5 (eight total runs)…homered in three straight games from 6/1-6/3 (four total home runs)…3 for 4 with four runs scored, two home runs, and three RBI on 6/3 vs. Las Vegas

2006
St. Louis (National/MLB):
Hit .301 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 102 games…scored 31 runs with 12 doubles, three triples, and 21 walks…finished with a .374 on-base percentage and a .432 slugging percentage…had 12 multi-hit games, including one 3-hit game…hit .326 with runners in scoring position (43 AB)…2 for 3 with a double on 4/8 at Chicago Cubs…had triple and two RBI on 4/16 vs. Cincinnati…3 for 5 with two runs and a double on 5/13 vs. Arizona…2 for 4 with two runs scored on 5/14 vs. Arizona…2 for 2 with two runs, a double, home run, and RBI on 7/7 at Houston…1 for 1 with run, home run, and two RBI on 7/16 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers…2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBI on 7/26 at Colorado…helped Cardinals win a second consecutive National League Central title, as well as the 2006 World Series

Memphis (Pacific Coast/MLB): Appeared in 20 games for the Redbirds, hitting .266 with three home runs and seven RBI…scored 10 runs with four doubles, one triple, and 11 walks…had four multi-hit games, including one 3-hit game…3 for 3 with two runs, a double, home run, and two RBI on 8/13 vs. Iowa…walked in three straight games from 8/29-8/31 (six total walks)… walked three times on 8/31 at Round Rock

2005
St. Louis (National/MLB):
Hit .295 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 56 games for the Cardinals…hit six doubles, scored 15 runs, had two stolen bases, and drew 19 walks…posted a .382 on-base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage…hit safely in 34 of 56 games played…had 10 multi-hit games…began Major League career with a 6-game hitting streak from 7/18-7/23 (8 for 21, .381)…made Major League debut on 7/18 vs. Milwaukee going 1 for 5 with a run scored…hit first Major League home run off of Ben Sheets on 7/20 vs. Milwaukee…2 for 3 with a run, double, and two RBI on 8/1 vs. Florida…2 for 4 with two runs, home run, and three RBI on 8/24 at Pittsburgh…helped Cardinals win the National League Central title and advance to the National League Championship Series vs. Houston Astros

Memphis (Pacific Coast/AAA): Hit .342 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI in 34 games for the Redbirds…scored 24 runs with five doubles, one stolen base, and 13 walks…had a .419 on-base percentage and an .808 slugging percentage…hit safely in 25 of 34 games…had 13 multi-hit games, including one 3-hit game and one 4-hit game…had four multi-home run games…had 12 multi-RBI games, including three 3-RBI games, one 4-RBI game, two 5-RBI games, and two 6-RBI games…hit .485 with runners in scoring position (33 AB)…hit .450 with two outs and runners in scoring position (20 AB)…had 8-game hitting streak from 6/10-6/17 (14 for 35, .400, 7 R, 5 HR, 12 RBI)…4 for 7 with three runs, double, two home runs, and four RBI on 6/11 at Omaha…hit two home runs and had five RBI on 6/15 at Round Rock…hit three-run home run as a pinch hitter on 6/20 vs. Albuquerque…walked in four straight games from 6/22-6/26 (7 total walks)…2 for 4 with three runs, two home runs, and six RBI on 6/27 at New Orleans…homered in three straight games from 7/3-7/5 (three total home runs)…2 for 4 with a run, home run, and five RBI on 7/5 vs. Omaha…2 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and six RBI on 7/9 at Albuquerque

Buffalo (International/AAA): Hit .247 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games for the Bisons…scored 25 runs with 13 doubles, three triples, five stolen bases, and 15 walks…had a .323 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage…had 11 multi-hit games, including one 3-hit game…had 6-game hitting streak from 4/21-4/29 (8 for 21, .381)…scored a run in five straight games from 5/17-5/22 (five total runs)…3 for 4 with a run and two RBI on 5/18 vs. Louisville

2004
Columbus (International/AAA):
Hit .294 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 112 games for the Clippers…teammate of Wingnuts’ manager Kevin Hooper…scored 78 runs with 26 doubles, 10 triples, 10 stolen bases, and 48 walks…totaled 111 hits…posted a .382 on-base percentage and a .542 slugging percentage…finished third in the International League in triples…hit .280 at home in 182 AB, .306 on the road in 196 AB…hit safely in 70 of 112 games…had 30 multi-hit games, including six 3-hit games, one 4-hit game, and one 5-hit game…had 17 multi-run games, including one 3-run game and one 4-run game…had 18 multi-RBI games, including six 3-RBI games and one 4-RBI game…scored a run in five straight games from 4/18-4/25 (six total runs)…homered in three straight games from 5/22-5/24 (three total home runs)…scored a run in six straight games from 7/4-7/15 (12 total runs)…5 for 6 with four runs, double, and two RBI on 7/8 at Louisville…2 for 4 with two runs, triple, home run, and three RBI on 7/15 vs. Charlotte…hit six home runs in 12-game stretch from 7/21-8/3…scored a run in six consecutive games from 7/31-8/6 (eight total runs)…scored three runs on 8/10 at Indianapolis…4 for 6 with run, three doubles, and three RBI on 8/17 at Louisville…had 7-game hitting streak from 8/20-8/27 (10 for 26, .3857 R, 5 RBI)…scored a run in five straight games from 8/22-8/27 (six total runs)…2 for 3 with run, double, and four RBI on 8/23 vs. Louisville

2003
Columbus (International/AAA):
Hit .263 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 79 games for the Clippers…added 35 runs, nine doubles, two triples, six stolen bases, and 24 walks…had a .333 on-base percentage and a .448 slugging percentage…hit .305 at home in 128 AB, .212 on the road in 104 AB…hit safely in 44 of 79 games…had 14 multi-hit games, including three 3-hit games…3 for 3 with a run, home run, and three RBI in game two of a double header on 7/9 vs. Syracuse…2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and four RBI on 8/16 at Durham…3 for 5 with three runs, two home runs, and three RBI on 8/25 vs. Toledo

2002
Norwich (Eastern/AA):
Hit .215 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI for the Navigators in 103 games…scored 51 runs with 18 doubles, three triples, 13 stolen bases, and 35 walks…hit safely in 56 of 103 games…had 16 multi-hit games, including four 3-hit games…had 14 multi-RBI games, including three 3-RBI games and two 4-RBI games…hit .221 at home in 163 AB, .209 on the road in 191 AB…hit .275 with two outs and runners in scoring position (40 AB)…drove in a run in eight consecutive games from 4/12-4/30 (12 total RBI)…3 for 4 with three runs, double, home run, and two RBI on 4/21 at New Haven…homered in three straight games from 4/21-4/24 (three total home runs)…3 for 4 with two runs, home run, and three RBI in game one of a double header on 5/15 at Erie…had home run and four RBI on 5/16 at Erie…2 for 4 with run, home run, and four RBI on 7/22 at New Britain…3 for 4 with three runs, two doubles, home run, and RBI on 8/15 vs. New Haven…helped the Navigators win the Eastern League championship…hit two-run double in the decisive Game Five of the Eastern League Championship Series vs. Harrisburg

2001
Norwich (Eastern/AA):
Hit .285 for the Navigators in 103 games with 22 home runs and 66 RBI…scored 64 runs with 31 doubles, one triple, two stolen bases, and 26 walks…had 112 total hits…finished with a .345 on-base percentage and a .537 slugging percentage…ranked 10th in the Eastern League in home runs…hit safely in 73 of 103 games…had 29 multi-hit games, including six 3-hit games and two 4-hit games…hit .275 at home in 200 AB, .295 on the road in 193 AB…scored a run in six straight games from 4/24-5/1 (12 total runs)…4 for 7 with four runs, three doubles, home run, and three RBI on 4/27 at Trenton…3 for 6 with three runs, two home runs, and four RBI on 5/1 at Portland…had 9-game hitting streak from 5/4-5/14 (14 for 40, .350, 6 2B, 7 R)…had 9-game hitting streak from 7/9-7/19 (15 for 35, .429, 7 R, 6 2B, 10 RBI)…4 for 4 with a run and a double on 7/15 vs. New Haven…3 for 4 with three runs, two doubles, and an RBI on 8/20 at Trenton

Yankees (Gulf Coast/R): 5 for 6 (.833) in two games with two RBI…scored two runs…3 for 3 with two runs on 6/27 vs. the Royals’ Gulf Coast Affiliate

2000
Norwich (Eastern/AA):
Appeared in 17 games for the Navigators, hitting .196 with one home run and 10 RBI…scored four runs, hit four doubles, and drew eight walks…2 for 3 with a run on 4/12 vs. New Britain

Tampa (Florida State/A+): Hit .268 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 105 games for the Yankees…scored 59 runs, hit 14 doubles, two triples, had two stolen bases, and drew 40 walks…had a .354 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage…totaled 97 base hits…ranked seventh in the Florida State League in home runs…hit .261 at home in 165 AB, .274 on the road in 197 AB…hit safely in 68 of 105 games…had 25 multi-hit games, including two 3-hit games and one 4-hit game…had 16-game hitting streak from 5/1-5/18 (22 for 57, .386)…scored a run in seven straight games from 5/11-5/18 (nine total runs)…walked four times on 5/24 vs. Sarasota…4 for 6 with two runs and two RBI on 6/1 at Charlotte…had 8-game hitting streak from 6/9-6/22 (11 for 25, .440)…walked in five consecutive games from 8/9-8/15 (seven total walks)…had nine home runs and 22 RBI over final 18 games from 8/16-9/3…scored a run in five straight games from 8/26-8/30 (seven total runs)…hit home run and had five RBI on 9/3 vs. Sarasota

1999
Tampa (Florida State/A+):
Hit .305 for the Yankees with eight home runs and 43 RBI in 71 games played…37 runs scored with 14 doubles, three triples, two stolen bases, and 41 walks…had a .399 on-base percentage and a .468 slugging percentage…hit safely in 51 of 71 games…had 24 multi-hit games, including seven 3-hit games…hit .309 at home in 123 AB, .301 on the road in 146 AB…had 12 multi-RBI games, including three 3-RBI games and two 4-RBI games…opened season with a 12-game hitting streak from 4/8-4/29 (20 for 48, .417, 9 R, 10 RBI)…2 for 3 with two runs, home run, and three RBI on 4/14 vs. St. Lucie…had 7-game hitting streak from 7/12-7/20 (12 for 35, .343, 7 R, 7 RBI)…2 for 5 with two runs, double, home run, and four RBI on 8/4 at Clearwater…2 for 2 with two runs and three walks on 8/15 at Fort Myers…walked in six consecutive games from 8/21-8/27 (eight total walks)…2 for 5 with two runs, double, home run, and four RBI on 9/2 at Charlotte

Yankees (Gulf Coast/R): Went 2 for 7 (.286) in three games with one RBI…scored one run, hit one triple, and drew three walks…2 for 5 with run, triple, and RBI on 7/1 at the Royals’ Gulf Coast affiliate

1998
Greensboro (South Atlantic/A):
Hit .252 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 119 games for the Bats…scored 64 runs with 18 doubles, four triples, 14 stolen bases, and 64 walks...had a .357 on-base percentage and a .390 slugging percentage…collected 103 base hits

1997
Yankees (Gulf Coast/R):
Hit .299 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games for the Yankees during rookie professional season…had 31 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, and seven stolen bases…walked 30 times against only 32 strikeouts…had a .405 on-base percentage and a .446 slugging percentage…totaled 47 base hits…ranked eighth in the Gulf Coast League in batting average, fourth in walks, fourth in on-base percentage, and fourth in slugging percentage

Kevin Hooper on John: We are very excited to have JRod back in our lineup for a third consecutive year.  He is arguably one of the best hitters in our league and is a great leader not only on the field, but in the clubhouse as well.  John plays the game the right way and is a great example for our younger players to observe on a daily basis.  It's not very often that you get to have a World Series Champion in your clubhouse at this level.  

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