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Edgar Rodriguez signed as outfielder, then tried catching; Saw six seasons, made high-A

Signed by the Angels out of his native Dominican Republic, Edgar Rodriguez arrived at short-season Salem for the 1986 season and The Salem Statesman Journal described the Angels' plans for Rodriguez.

The Statesman Journal described Rodriguez as a "long-range project."

"The young Dominican was signed as an outfielder, but the organization feels he has a future behind the plate," The Statesman Journal wrote.

For Rodriguez, his future ultimately included six pro seasons. He played at catcher in four of them. He topped out at high-A.

Rodriguez' career began that year in 1986, signed out of the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez was also credited as Edgal Rodriguez.

At Salem in 1986, Rodriguez saw 37 games, 10 at catcher. He hit .226. He picked up an RBI double in a late-June game.

Rodriguez returned to Salem for 1987. He hit .250 in 67 games, 40 at catcher. He recorded three hits, two of them doubles, in an August game.

Rodriguez moved to single-A Quad City for 1988, then single-A Palm Springs for 1989. He saw 118 games back at Quad City in 1990, completely in the outfield. He hit .242.

He then saw Quad City and Palm Springs for 1991. He hit .250 in 56 games to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,019
Made the Majors:1,338-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,681-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:547
10+ Seasons in the Minors:331

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