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Cards grab prep catcher Rodriguez in Round 14

Cards grab prep catcher Rodriguez in Round 14

Cards grab prep catcher Rodriguez in Round 14

The Cardinals made Elier Rodriguez their first catcher selected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, taking him in the 14th round with the 425th overall pick.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound switch-hitting prep prospect from Immaculata-LaSalle High School in Miami committed to Barry University as a junior in 2012. He hit .485 with five homers and 30 RBIs this past high-school season.

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"He's a guy that I think was a little bit under the radar," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "Has some power from both sides of the plate. He's gonna be a fun one to keep an eye on."

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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