Rodriguez signs with Dodgers


Florida pitcher Steven Rodriguez throws during a game against Georgia Tech in the NCAA Gainesville Regionals on June 2.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 4:11 p.m.

Florida pitcher Steven Rodriguez signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will forgo his final year of eligibility.

Rodriguez had been taken in the second round at No. 82 overall of the June MLB amateur draft.

Rodriguez becomes the eighth of the nine Gators from head coach Kevin O'Sullivan's 2012 squad who was drafted to sign professionally.

Tabbed an All-American by Perfect Game for the first time in his career, Rodriguez was a first-team All-SEC pick to become the first Gator reliever to earn All-SEC accolades since Kevin Chapman was recognized in 2010. The left-hander had a 3-2 record in 34 appearances and paced UF's pitching corps with 81 strikeouts in 62 innings. Rodriguez registered a 2.18 ERA, notched four saves and limited opponents to a .211 batting average. He racked up 47 strikeouts and issued eight walks in 34.1 innings of work during league play.

Over his three-year tenure in Gainesville, Rodriguez compiled a record of 9-4 (.692), totaled seven saves and registered a 2.19 ERA in 86 appearances (seventh on the school's career list) and two starts. His career ERA is the lowest by a Gator pitcher since aluminum batters were introduced in 1974 and his total of 10.64 strikeouts per nine innings ranks No.1. Rodriguez notched 151 strikeouts and allowed 30 walks in 127.2 innings, while holding opponents to a .227 performance, tied for the eighth-lowest by a UF hurler.

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