Grayson Rodriguez - Delmarva Shorebirds

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Former Central Heights pitcher and current member of the Delmar Shorebirds, Grayson Rodriguez, pitched a perfect inning Sunday night in the MLB All-Star Futures Game played in Cleveland.

The future continues to shine brighter and brighter for former Central Heights pitching ace Grayson Rodriguez. After wrapping up last season with strong performances in a number of appearances, Rodriguez led the Delmarva Shorebirds’ pitching staff in the first half of the 2019 season.

He topped that off with an appearance Sunday night in the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, home of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. The contest ended in a 2-2 tie after eight innings. It was only scheduled for seven.

The Futures Game was definitely a pitchers’ dual. Only one of the nine National League pitchers gave up a run. Rodriguez dazzled the crowd from the rubber with a perfect inning on the hill.

Rodriguez was one of 10 pitchers selected to the American League roster for the 21st annual Futures Game, which was televised nationally on the MLB Network.

The 11th overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2018 MLB Draft, Rodriguez continues to make headlines for the Single-A affiliate of the American League’s Eastern Division squad, which makes the possibility of making a major league roster a better and better possibility.

Only 19 years old, Rodriguez was recently named Baltimore’s No. 1 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline. He owned a stunning 7-1 season mark, with a 2.21 earned run average in 11 starts heading into this week. He has walked only 15, while striking out an impressive 78 batters over 57 innings (12.32 K/9).

Rodriguez earned his first South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week award in April, posting back-to-back scoreless 10-strikeout stretches. He began the year with a 14.2-inning scoreless streak, posting a 3-0 mark, with an 0.54 ERA through the end of April. For that impressive stint the Orioles named him their Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

In leading Delmarva to a 48-21 record and the Northern Division first half title, while clinching the team’s first postseason berth since 2005, Rodriguez kept on rolling in May. He finished the month by working a career-long seven innings and giving up just one run to beat Hagerstown on May 27.

He was also selected to the SAL All-Star Game and earned the start for the Northern Division. He was the only South Atlantic League player invited to play in the Futures Game.

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