Roger Bernadina’s little brother dropped down 9 slots from the 22nd overall spot in the Orioles organization, but that doesn’t mean he’s suddenly gotten worse at baseball. In fact, he’s finally ready to get his first full-year stint at low-A Delmarva, so he’s starting to grow up.
Roderick has tools, but he’s still very raw and needs a lot of patient development. His brother took three years of time in the South Atlantic League to be ready to move up, so it wouldn’t be much of a shock if Roderick needs plenty of time to grow, too. He’ll make a good corner outfielder someday, although his batting’s still a work in progress (namely involving secondary stuff, as usual, since younger players tend to have trouble with that sort of thing). He has good instincts, however, and BA says “he makes the game look smooth.”
This upcoming year in Delmarva is going to be critical in seeing what the future holds for Roderick. If he’s able to handle playing every day, he’ll likely be ready to continue onwards through the organization, but if he struggles, he’ll still need some development time.
At least this year we have video.
Tomorrow’s Opening Day – we made it, everyone!