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Eddy Rodriguez (born December 1, 1985) is a Cuban professional baseball catcher in the New York Yankees organization. He played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres in 2012.
Rodriguez's family defected from Cuba on his father's fishing boat when he was eight years old, nearly dying on the journey. Rodriguez played college baseball for the University of Miami before beginning his professional career.
Eddy Rodriguez (catcher) Wikipedia
Rodriguez was born in Villa Clara Province, Cuba. His parents, Edilio and Ylya Rodriguez, operated a farm and his father fished.
The Rodriguez family, consisting of Eddy, his parents, his sister Yanisbet, and his cousin Carlos, defected from Cuba when he was eight years old on his father's fishing boat. Eddy was unaware of the defection until they were at sea. Their boat nearly capsized in a storm and they ran out of food, resorting to eating ground coffee beans, before they were discovered by the United States Coast Guard. The family settled in Miami and Rodriguez graduated from Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida.
Rodriguez received a scholarship from the University of Miami, where he played college baseball as the starting catcher for the Miami Hurricanes baseball team. The Cincinnati Reds drafted Rodriguez in the 20th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the Reds minor league baseball organization until 2009, reaching Class AA with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League, when he began playing independent league baseball. Rodriguez played in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball for the El Paso Diablos in 2009 and the Sioux Falls Pheasants in 2010.
In 2011, Rodriguez returned to organized baseball when he signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. He was promoted to the Padres on August 1, 2012 from the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class A-Advanced California League, after starting catcher Yasmani Grandal was placed on the disabled list.
Rodriguez made his Major League debut on August 2, 2012 against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit a home run off of Johnny Cueto in his first major league at-bat. Rodriguez made two starts for the Padres in 2012, going 1 for 5 at the plate. He was optioned to the Triple-A Tucson Padres on August 9 when opening-day catcher Nick Hundley was recalled.
On September 4, 2012 Rodriguez was designated for assignment and moved off the 40-man roster. The Padres re-signed Rodriguez as a minor-league free agent and invited him to 2013 spring training.
Rodriguez signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays in January 2014. He signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees for the 2015 season.