CJ Rodriguez - Baseball - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#5 CJ Rodriguez Season 2019-20


Class Sophomore
Height 5'10''
Weight 200
Hometown Newport Beach, Calif.
High School Mater Dei

Head coach Tim Corbin on Rodriguez: “CJ was very impactful to our ball club last year and will be again this year. The pitching staff placed a high level of early confidence in CJ’s receiving skills. He showed the ability to handle a staff as a freshman while throwing with a great deal of consistency. He also emerged as a consistent offensive part of our team. CJ has great team qualities. His personality is consistent, pleasant and supportive. He is a very enjoyable kid.”

Student-Athlete Features
VUCommodores.com — Rodriguez Rises to the Top

As a Sophomore (2021)
• Selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 158th pick in the fifth round of the 2021 MLB Draft
• Saw action in 58 games, making starts in 52 of those contests
• Ranked third on the team in on-base percentage with a mark of .393
• Registered a team-low 19 strikeouts, while walking 36 times
• Made season debut in first game of Wright State doubleheader (Feb. 22), going 1-for-4 with an RBI
• Recorded first hit of season on February 24 against Western Kentucky
• In the first nine SEC contests, recorded nine RBI (March 19-April 3) – notched three on two occasions, his season-best
• Homered in three straight contests (Mar 21-26), against South Carolina and Missouri
• Went a perfect 4-for-4 in a midweek contest against Eastern Kentucky (April 13)
• Scored twice in the 11-inning NCAA Regional-clinching win over Georgia Tech (June 6)

As a Freshman (2020)
• Season canceled due to coronavirus outbreak
• 12 starts
• Second-fewest strikeouts among starters (3)
• Four multi-hit games
• Three multi-RBI games
• Team-high six hits on opening weekend
• 4-for-4 with three RBIs vs. Connecticut (Feb. 15)

The Rodriguez File
• Prepped at Mater Dei (Calif.)
• 2019 Perfect Game All-America first team
• 2019 team captain
• 2019 All-Trinity League first team
• 2019 All-America first team
• .350, 40 RBIs, 13 doubles, two triples and a home run as a senior
• .333 with 34 RBIs, 10 doubles, three triples and a home run as a junior
• Lettered four years in baseball
• All-league first team in baseball
• Full name is Carlos A. Rodriguez
• Son of Carlos and Edith
• One sister, Miley