Padres trade Melvin Upton Jr. to Blue Jays for pitching prospect

Melvin Upton Jr.

Earlier today, Ken Rosenthal broke the news that the San Diego Padres had finally found a trade partner for Melvin Upton Jr.

While Upton has a big-money contract, he has improved so much this season that the team was actually able to find several teams that were interested in trading back something that could help the Padres’ future.

Here’s what they were able to get back from the Toronto Blue Jays:

As you can see in the video below, Rodriguez is a large pitcher that throws an impressive array of pitches for a 19-year old.

Here’s what Baseball America said about Rodriguez when the Blue Jays signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2014:

In January 2013, Rodriguez pitched in Major League Baseball’s international prospect showcase, where he threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Rodriguez had also pitched for a team of Dominican prospects against the Canadian junior national team last year in May, when he threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and two walks. Rodriguez also pitched in the Dominican Prospect League.

Rodriguez can be added to the swelling list of talented starting pitchers that the Padres have acquired and will have throwing at the low-A and high-A minor league levels next season, with the expectation to join the major-league team in 3-4 years.



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