This one is obvious as well. Julio Rodriguez, while he is the second-ranked prospect in the Mariners system behind Kelenic, has a chance to be the face of the franchise for the next decade. Due to his personality that has landed him a side gig as a YouTube interview show host on the Mariners YouTube channel, and his constant glowing smile, he also might have a chance to be one of the faces of baseball if his on-field performance lives up to the hype.
Regarded as the number 5 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Rodriguez has not seen much game action aside from the Dominican Rookie League and single-A due to the 2020 minor league season getting canceled. However, he will get a full/close to a full season of work in the minors in 2021 and was able to participate in the 2020 Fall Instructional League on top of this year’s Spring Training.
Speaking of Spring Training, the 20-year-old recently had a walk-off hit in the first game of spring.
Like Kelenic, Julio will be a Mariner for at least the next 6 years and some as Rodriguez won’t make his debut for a year or two. But hopefully, Julio is in Seattle for the next two decades and turns into the superstar that we all know he could become.