Dereck Ridriguez Joins Father as MLB Player

Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez, made his major league debut on May 29 in a relief appearance for the San Francisco Giants.  On June 3, he got his first major-league start against the Philadelphia Phillies, going six innings and yielding five hits and two walks while giving up only one earned run.  He got credit for the win.

Rodriguez was originally drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2011 as an outfielder.  In 2014, he switched to pitching in the Twins organization.  He signed with the Giants after the 2017 season.

His father, Ivan, was a major-league catcher for 21 seasons, primarily playing for the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers.  His two World Series rings came from playing with the Florida Marlins (2003) and Detroit (2006).

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HOFer Ivan Rodriguez’s Son Dereck Tries Different Path

Recent Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez was only the second catcher to be voted into Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, after Johnny Bench.

Now Ivan’s son, Dereck, is following in his father’s footsteps, not as a catcher, but as a pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization. He spent last season at the Class A levels of the Twins farm system, where he compiled a 5-13 record and 4.48 ERA for two teams.  On the surface that performance may not sound impressive; but considering he changed his position from outfielder to pitcher in 2014, Dereck feels he is making strides toward one day getting to the big leagues. Evidence of his promising future is that he was named the Appalachian League’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015.

Ivan was originally drafted out of high school as an outfielder by the Twins in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  When his offensive production didn’t materialize, he decided to try a different path on the mound.

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