#2 Julio Rodriguez – Come up and hit right away
Seattle Mariners top prospect Julio Rodriguez is coming off of a platform season last year. He put up gaudy numbers across all levels he played.
He started the 2021 season with the Everett AquaSox, but he did not stay long. He spent almost two calendar months there, but that was interrupted by playing for the Dominican Republic in Olympic qualifiers. He ended up finishing the minor league season out with the AA Arkansas Travelers after winning a bronze medal in the Olympics. Rodriguez showed that he has the potential to be a star on a worldwide stage, something the Mariners need.
Julio Rodriguez’s 2022 New Years’ resolution is to build on last year and be an impact player for the Mariners. He should aim to be up to Seattle by June and have a big impact. He has the potential to impact the Mariners lineup like Fernando Tatis and Juan Soto. If he can come up and just simply be average, that is a great sign for the Mariners. If he shows flashes of brilliance and is overall solid, then that is a big rookie season.
Even though it is going to be really hard for Julio Rodriguez to come out and have a big season at age 21, he is the only one that could do it. It is not out of the question that he can win the American League rookie of the year award. He can absolutely do it because he is arguably the most talented player in the Mariners organization. Fans should be beyond excited to see him make his debut in Seattle this year.