After having a great week in for the Pirates in Philadelphia and Cincinnati, Sean Rodriguez has been named co-NL Player of the Week.
2016 has been the best season of Sean Rodriguez’s Major League career. While the entire 2016 season has been a great success for Rodriguez, this past week was his best week of the season. And it led to him being named Co-National League Player of the Week.
This week Rodriguez shares the honor with Arizona Diamondbacks’ third base man Brandon Drury. This past week Sean Rodriguez started in seven of the Pirates’ eight games. This included Rodriguez starting both games in Saturday’s double header sweep of the Reds.
The one game Rodriguez did not start was Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite not starting this game he still played a large role. This is due to Rodriguez hitting a game winning three-run home run as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth inning.
Overall for the week Rodriguez compiled 33 plate appearances. In these 33 plate appearances Rodriguez slashed .414/.455/.931/1.386 with five home runs, a .554 wOBA, and a wRC+ of 258. Sean Rodriguez now has a career high 17 home runs.
As I said above, the 2016 season has been the best of Sean Rodriguez’s career. In 297 plate appearances this season Rodriguez has a .265/.348/.523/.871 slash line, 17 home runs, a .367 wOBA, a 132 wRC+, and a 10.1 percent walk rate. All of these numbers are new career highs for Rodriguez.
This past offseason Sean Rodriguez worked very hard to change his approach at the plate. And, clearly, it has worked. Due to this Rodriguez, who is a free agent to be, is going to become a very rich man this offseason. Some team desperate for bench help, or part-time starting help, will overpay grossly for Rodriguez this offseason. However, he has earned that with his 2016 campaign.