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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Ruben Rodriguez knew he had to work hard as pro; Saw three seasons

Just selected in the 1988 draft, University of Louisiana at Lafayette outfielder Ruben Rodriguez credited his coach, Mike Boulanger, he told The Lafayette Daily Advertiser.

"I learned a lot from Coach Bo," Rodriguez told The Daily Advertiser. "He always told me to keep working hard, and now I'm really going to have to work hard. I got a chance. Now it's up to me."

Rodriguez ended up taking that chance to three pro campaigns. He topped out at short-season.

Rodriguez' career began that year in 1988, taken by the Brewers in the 20th round of the draft out of Louisiana Lafayette.

Rodriguez started with the Brewers at rookie Helena. He got into 52 games and hit .229. 

He then moved to short-season co-op Boise. He doubled late in a July game. He tripled and scored in an August game. He got into 67 games and hit .262.

Rodriguez arrived at short-season co-op Erie for 1990. He saw 63 games and hit .268. That season marked his last as a pro.

Ruben Rodriguez 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,237
Made the Majors:1,385-32.7%
Never Made Majors:2,852-67.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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