By: Matt Rothman
There are plenty of players who have impacted the, and Damian Rodriguez is one of them.
Rodriguez, the team’s second-leading hitter, still looks for his first offer to play college baseball and is doing everything in his power to earn one. He is hitting .368 with six extra-base hits, including three triples. He is also a perfect 7-7 stealing bases as the team’s leadoff hitter.
Rodriguez is the epitome of a leader, and captain Head Coach Charlie Fine said.
“He sets an incredible example of what it means to be a Panther baseball player every time he takes the field, and there is no one I’d rather our young players learn from.”
A resident of Coral Springs, Rodriguez, was born into a baseball family and started playing at three-years-old. He also played travel baseball in Miami with his varsity teammates Ryan Vargas, Jeovanni Hernandez, and Nathan Maestre.
He credits both his uncle and father to help him develop a love for the sport but has enjoyed working with Coach Fine to help him get to this point.
“Coach Fine has been really great to me,” he said. “He was my high school coach all four years and always gives me the utmost respect.”
It hasn’t always been easy for Rodriguez has he suffered a significant injury when he was in middle school with a fractured hip. The injury set him back for quite a bit of time, but he had to work even harder to regain his speed.
Rodriguez’s goal is to continue playing baseball at the next level, and he feels he can impact a college baseball team.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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