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Follow the Prospects: Rodney Theophile, RHP
« Topic Start: May 09, 2022, 04:29:13 PM »
6' 5", 230 RHP
2018 IFA - $20,000 bonus
Birthdate: 9/16/1999 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua
Pronounced "Theo-feel"

Rodney Theophile has allowed 20 hits and three earned runs in 26 innings with the Low-A Fredericksburg Nationals. The 22-year-old Nicaraguan-born right-hander in the Washington system has issued five walks and logged 40 strikeouts.

Missed 2nd half of the season in 2019 due to Tommy John Surgery.  Spent 2021 getting hit around in Fredericksburg (4-11, 5.56 ERA).  Repeating the level. Was the opening day starter.

Rule 5 eligible next offseason.

Groundball pitcher who has traded  line drives for GBs this year to bump his LD% / GB% / FB% to 11.5% / 57.7% / 30.8%, with an incredible 31% of those flies being infield pops.

From the Wikiwand:
The San Francisco Giants expressed interest in Theophile, reportedly signing him as an international amateur free agent in 2017, shortly after Theophile's 18th birthday.[210] However, the deal was never finalized and ultimately fell through.[213] Theophile, an admirer of Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, subsequently signed with Washington for a $20,000 bonus.[211] He made his professional debut with the Nationals' Gulf Coast League affiliate in July 2018. Theophile underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the 2019 season, and the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Theophile was assigned to begin the season with the Low-A Fredericksburg Nationals.[214]

At the time he signed with the Nationals, Theophile was listed at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and topped out at a reported 94 miles per hour (151 km/h) on his fastball, with a Nationals scout telling La Prensa he expected Theophile to further increase his velocity during the course of his development.[211]

Theophile is a cousin of Kansas City Royals infielder Cheslor Cuthbert on his mother's side.[215]