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Inaugural International Week Standout Rodriguez Earns Baseball America Honors

October 15, 2019

The accolades continue to pile up for one of the standouts from the 2017 International Week event.

Grayson Rodriguez was named to Baseball America’s season-ending Low-A All-Star team in their most recent issue, a very prestigious honor considering there are only six pitchers selected (five starters, one reliever) and it crosses over both the Midwest and South Atlantic League.

The 19-year-old righty was also ranked as the publication’s top pitching prospect and third-best prospect overall in the SAL, thanks to a first full pro season in which the Delmarva Shorebirds ace posted a 10-4 record, 2.68 ERA and struck out a whopping 129 batters in just 94 innings pitched.

In addition, Bo Naylor and Dasan Brown also got some recognition; Naylor was rated as the 17th-best prospect in the Midwest League, while Brown checked in as the 19th-best prospect in the Gulf Coast League.

Rodriguez famously faced Naylor twice at the inaugural New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 International Week event, inducing flyouts both times.  Both players ended up getting drafted in the first round.

Brown played in both the 2017 and 2018 national tournaments as a member of the Ontario Blue Jays, and memorably hit a two-run triple off of projected 2020 top-ten pick Mick Abel at the 2018 International Week event at Camelback Ranch.

Mike Ashmore

Mike Ashmore is a veteran baseball writer with 15 years experience in the business.He's covered the last four World Series, and has also worked everything ranging from the MLB All-Star Game to the World Baseball Classic.In addition to his role working for Program 15, the 34-year-old New Jersey native currently serves as the beat writer of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League as well as national hockey writer and New York Giants beat reporter for The Trentonian.Ashmore has worked the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Frozen Four, Daytona 500, major UFC events and much more as he approaches 2,000 games covered in his career.
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