Outstanding skills... Great arm strength with ability to hit with power and for average... Excellent defensive range up the middle.
Wayne Graham said -- "Josh is obviously one of the premier infielders in college baseball. He hits and fields extremely well."
Rice -- 2005: all-America (American Baseball Coaches Association, third team); all-NCAA Regional (Baton Rouge); all-Silver Glove Series... Switched from second base to shortstop midway through the year with no drop-off in play on either offense or defense... Shared the team lead with 63 starts, including 35 at second base followed by 28 at shortstop... Led the team and ranked among the Western Athletic Conference's best in home runs (11), hits (82), RBI (54), and total bases (132)... Second on the team in hitting (.345), slugging (.555), hits (78) and triples (3)... Maintained a .411 on-base percentage... Batted .353 in conference action and .375 in 11 games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals... Hit a team-best .344 in 16 games against teams that were nationally ranked when the Owls faced them... Batted a steady .345 with men on base and .344 with the bases empty... Continually produced in the clutch, going 7-for-14 with the bases loaded... One of two Owls to hit a grand slam (Mar. 25)... Slam was part of a 4-for-4, two home run, five RBI day against Nevada... Shared the team lead with two or more hits in a game 24 times, including a career-best four hits on three occasions... Tallied two or more RBI in a game a team-best 16 times... Clutch hitter who drove in 23 of 54 runs with two outs already recorded in the inning... Hit safely in 11 consecutive games (Mar. 11-27)... Second on the team in sacrifice hits (6)... Turned or started 45 of the team's 67 double plays... Member of the all-series team for the season-long five games against Houston... Selected to play for the United States national team over the summer, including its international tour... Hit .326 for Team USA as a starter in 12 of 20 games against international players... Second in runs scored (13) and had a .453 on-base percentage... 2004: Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year... Started 51 of 60 games for the defending national champions... Made 38 starts at second base, 10 in right field and three at shortstop... Only Owl other than all-conference honoree Chris Kolkhorst to bat in the leadoff spot, which he did four times... Steady hitter who batted .306 on the year, .311 against the WAC and .300 with runners in scoring position... Hit safely in 11 games from Mar. 23 to Apr. 10 to tie for the third-longest streak on the team all season... Led the team in stolen bases and was a perfect six-for-six in attempts... Finished second on the squad in triples (4), highlighted by two triples and a home run in one game against Miami (Ohio)... Also slugged three-baggers in road wins at San Jose State and Baylor... Tallied two or more hits in a game 15 times... Collected three hits in a game seven times, tying for the most on the team... Only player on the team to record two sacrifice hits in one game... Drove in two or more runs in a game 10 times, including a career-best four-RBI day against Miami... Tied for sixth on the team in runs scored (36)... Scored a career-high three times on two occasions... Turned or started 22 of the team's 48 double plays from both spots in the middle infield... Threw out one base runner from right field.
High School -- Three-year starter at South Houston High School... Played mainly second base for Trojan head coach Monte Erwin... Selected in the major league draft by the New York Yankees.
Personal -- Full Name: Joshua Joel Rodriguez. Born: Dec. 18, 1984, at Houston. Parents: David and Linda Rodriguez, Houston (two sisters). College: Martel.
Rodriguez' Rice Statistics
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB ATT PO A E FLD%
2004 .306 57 51 186 36 57 9 4 2 33 80 .430 19 3 37 2 .376 2 3 6 6 73 83 8 .951
2005 .345 63 63 238 48 82 11 3 11 54 132 .555 21 8 39 4 .411 3 6 9 10 106 189 8 .974
TOTAL .328 120 114 424 84 139 20 7 13 87 212 .500 40 11 76 6 .396 5 9 15 16 179 272 16 .966
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