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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ahmed Rodriguez hailed from same hometown as Clemente; Saw four pro seasons, made single-A

When Ahmed Rodriguez signed as a pro, he likely hoped to emulate another baseball player who hailed from his hometown of Carolina, P.R., Roberto Clemente.

Rodriguez is credited as both living in and being born in Carolina, just east of Puerto Rico's capital city of San Juan.

But, while Rodriguez followed Puerto Rico's most famous player to the pros. Rodriguez could follow no further. He played four seasons, never making the majors.

Rodriguez' career began in late-1988, signed by the Cardinals as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City and single-A Savannah. He played mostly at Johnson City, hit .162 between the two spots.

He played 1990 at short-season Hamilton. He hit .216, over 56 games. He then moved to single-A Springfield for 1991. He got into 57 games that summer and hit .231.

Rodriguez' final pro time came in 1992, back at Springfield. He got into seven games and didn't get a hit, ending his career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,546
Made the Majors:1,017-40.0%
Never Made Majors:1,529-60.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 422
10+ Seasons in the Minors:259

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