Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 3 weeks ago

Rodriguez is batting .135 (5-for-37) since May 11 after grounding into a double play in his lone at-bat Wednesday.

He's playing sparingly around the infield and is sometimes used as a late-inning defensive replacement for Pedro Alvarez at first base. After a hot start in April, Rodriguez has come back down to earth.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 2 months ago

Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk Sunday against St. Louis.

He's stinging the ball to the tune of a .406 batting average in 32 at-bats. Rodriguez narrowly missed connecting on his second dinger of the year Sunday, with a towering shot that hooked just foul. He's already played at least five games at first base and in the outfield, in addition to two games at second base.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 2 months ago

Rodriguez, who took over for Starling Marte in left field Saturday, figures to get the starting nod in left or elsewhere with the quick turnaround of a Sunday afternoon tilt.

The utilityman is off to a nice start, ringing up 11 hits in 29 at-bats for a .379 batting average. His 0:8 K:BB ratio foretells troubles ahead, but for Sunday he could continue his early season success -- provided he gets the opportunity.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 2 months ago

Rodriguez took advantage of a start in left field Thursday against the Cubs, going 1-for-4 with his first homer of the year.

The start was his second in three days, thanks to days of rest for Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen, but expect Rodriguez to retake his place on the Pirates' bench as a super-sub.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 2 months ago

Rodriguez started in right field and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

The Pirates haven't seen many left-handed starters -- or relievers, for that matter -- to this point in the season. As a result, the playing time for Rodriguez has been very limited. He'll likely see a start per week with opportunities off the bench providing his usual path to at-bats.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 3 months ago

Manager Clint Hurdle plans to maximize Rodriguez's versatility in the field to keep his regulars fresh. "I have a lot of confidence in (Rodriguez's) position versatility," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He can play seven positions."

Rodriguez played 23 games at second base in 2014 but he also saw time in the outfield (19 games), first base (18 games), third base (nine games) and shortstop (one game). He hit just .211 in 237 at-bats but stroked a career-high 12 homers and 41 RBI. He could provide fantasy owners with a decent in-season injury replacement, given his background.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 3 months ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said Friday that Rodriguez has made the Bucs' Opening Day roster, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates plan on deploying the versatile Rodriguez as a backup around the diamond and possibly even in the outfield. The team has more depth than it's had in the past, and Rodriguez will have to earn his playing time. He figures to see between 200-250 at-bats, barring injury.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 3 months ago

Rodriguez went 0-for-3 against the Orioles on Thursday and has just four hits in 26 spring at-bats.

Rodriguez will serve as a utility infielder who might also see the odd start in the outfield. The Pirates figure to match him up mostly against left-handed pitching -- Rodriguez offers a career .746 OPS versus southpaws -- but there is no clearcut path to playing time, barring injury. Rodriguez will also have to compete with Jung-Ho Kang for at-bats as the season progresses.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 6 months ago

Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Tom Singer of reports.

Rodriguez hit a career-high 12 home runs in 259 plate appearances last year, but his walk rate plummeted to 3.9%, resulting in a career-worst .258 OBP. The 29-year-old was afforded a fresh start after coming over from Tampa Bay in a trade last month, but he's no lock to make the Pirates' roster (especially with the addition of Jung-Ho Kang) and would likely only be a utility option if kept.

Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH PIT 7 months ago

The Pirates tendered the recently-acquired Rodriguez a contract offer prior to Tuesday's deadline.

Rodriguez is in the mix for playing time at first base against left-handed pitching in 2015. He'll also likely serve as a utility player similarly to the way Josh Harrison did prior to 2014. A move to Pittsburgh won't help Rodriguez's power numbers -- he hit a career-high 12 homers in 2014 -- and it remains to be seen whether the .225 career hitter can improve upon his batting average in the senior circuit.