Julio Rodriguez makes the Mariners Roster and the next Era is Here
IT HAPPENED! Julio Rodriguez has made the Mariners roster, and will be starting the 2022 season with the big league club, traveling with them to Minnesota as a part of the team.
We were lucky enough to be able to chat with Julio last week, and it’s even more incredible now seeing that he has made it to the Majors.
Julio Rodriguez raked all spring training and has earned his spot on the Mariners roster
Julio filled up the stat sheet all spring, hitting at every opportunity. Just 21 years old, it was a big ask for someone so young to come out and perform consistently. Yet, it doesn’t seem like it matters where Julio is, all he does is hit, and hit, and then hit some more.
This Spring, he is up to a slash line of .419/.471/.839, with four 2Bs, 3 HRs, and 3 SBs. Sure, it’s not always against the greatest pitchers, but when you can hit over .400, it doesn’t matter who you are facing, that’s impressive.
For those who were wondering just how big or fast Julio has gotten, he showed off both power and speed all spring training, highlighted by a home run that came in an unexpected fashion.
For many Mariners fans, that was the biggest highlight of the entirety of spring training (apologies to BIlly Hamilton or Jake Scheiner), as we all jumped for joy watching Julio fly around the bases. He’s not Billy Hamilton by any means in the speed department, but he is legit looking like a guy with 65 speed.
There is a good chance that we are going to be seeing Julio in center when the season starts, as it would be a bad move from a PR standpoint to put him on the team and then not even play him. I don’t think that is anything that needs to be worried about, as Julio has shown he deserves to be out there. Kelenic/Winker/Julio/Haniger sounds like a great outfield rotation to me, even if they don’t have the greatest defense yet.
Julio is a part of a special list of youngsters to have made it this far, this early in their career. Special things look to be in store for Mariners fans, and it is shaping up to be an amazing 2022.
Welcome to The Show, Julio. We’re excited to see you!