Hall of Fame, class of 2017
Pudge’s path through the minors was very short. Texas signed him in 1988 as a 16-year-old out of Puerto Rico, and by 1989, he was playing for the Gastonia Rangers in the Sally League. He spent the entire 1990 season in the Florida State League, playing for the Charlotte Rangers. Rodríguez started the ‘91 season in the Texas League with the Tulsa Drillers, but the Rangers called him up to Arlington that June.
Minor league teams that Iván Rodríguez played for en route to the majors:
- Gastonia Rangers (South Atlantic League)
- (Port) Chartlotte Rangers (Florida State League)
- Tulsa Drillers (Texas League)