Loons OF Slugger
Manager Jeremy Rodriguez has been raving about his Dominican born outfielder since the skipper arrived to Camelback Ranch for spring training. ST Chat with Manager Jeremy Rodriguez. When asked about the players that impressed him the most, the skipper gave Carlos Rincon and Keibert Ruiz (the young catcher with the Loons) as his first answers. Before the spring of 2017, the number of Dodgers fans who were aware of Rincon could be measured with a microscope. After an excellent spring and start of the season, more and more fans are hearing of his exploits. Carlos Rincon has 8 HR’s and 20 RBI’s while hitting .299 so far in 2017 (As of 5/10/17) for the Great Lakes Loons.
Hot Start, Consistent Since
It has been cold in the Midwest League to start the 2017 season, as it is every season. Carlos Rincon is making it look as though he enjoys playing in the cold. He is off and running in the early part of the campaign. Especially on his 8th HR, an inside the park variety round tripper. Highly Ranked in the Dodgers organization, he is #24 overall prospect in the system. We conducted the rare interview with the slugger and his Manager, acting as the translator. In the midst of our conversation, Jeremy Rodriguez said this about Rincon; “He is a different animal. He has lots of abilities, lots of big league abilities. He brings excitement to everything he does, whether on the field, or even in the clubhouse.” Strong praise from the Manager of the Great Lakes Loons.
Interview with Carlos Rincon
1. Who introduced you to the game of baseball, and who taught you how to play?
Answer: ” I saw other kids playing and it was something I just picked up. I was self taught, until the age of 14 when I went to the baseball academy. Then I had a hitting coach.”
2. Who was your favorite player growing up?
Answer: “Jose Bautista” He answered quickly.
3. How tough is the transition (or adjustment) to the Midwest League?
Answer: “Weather, the weather has been tough. It has been cold here.” He said with a chuckle. Then changed his tone for the next part of his answer. “The pitchers have more of a game plan in this league. They change speeds more often and at any time in the count. Also the umpires are much more consistent in the Midwest League.”
4. On May 3rd you had a walk off 2 run HR against Burlington; Take us through the at-bat and what went through your mind as you rounded the bases?
Answer: “I was just trying to get a good pitch and drive something in the gap. There was a runner on, so I was just trying to drive him home. I was full of excitement as I rounded the bases. It was the first walk off home run I can remember hitting.”
5. I advised him to be careful with this question; What is it like to play for Manager Jeremy Rodriguez?
Answer: “He gives me a lot of confidence. I know I have to be ready to play everyday because he expects that of me and of everyone on the team.”
Carlos Rincon has Dodger fans full of confidence for the future. To listen to his Manager’s assessment of his young talent, and to see him play, there is no wonder he has moved up in the rankings (Top 30 Dodgers prospects) from last season to this season. A right handed, power hitting multi-tool player, waiting and developing in the low class A level is exciting. He will need to spend time, refining his craft and becoming the star so many believe he will be. So we will be patient, and wait for his arrival to the Dodgers, if he hits left handed pitching as well as his idol does, he will be worth the wait. Until that time, the Midwest League will be a bit more exciting with Carlos Rincon it in. Fans in Midland, consider your time with Rincon as a gift, he could be in Rancho Cucamonga (High Class A) before you know it!
Rincon Hitting Stats 2017 *5/10
Career Hitting Stats