Franklin graduate Fernie Rodriguez joins the El Paso Chihuahuas


Former Franklin High School standout Fernie Rodriguez has been assigned to the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Rodriguez will join the team in Tacoma Tuesday night, becoming the first El Pasoan to play for the Chihuahuas in team history.

Fernie, 34, was one of the only veteran players at spring training with the Padres.

“Some of the guys out here are 16, 17-years old,” Rodriguez told KTSM during spring training. “There’s a few jokes going around the clubhouse right now. I think one of the guys that is in my group was a year old in my first professional season.”

Rodriguez made his Major League debut in 2009 with the Angels organization. He has also played in the big leagues with the Astros and the Athletics, throwing for over 230 innings in his career.

However, injuries wiped out 2017 and 2018 for the El Paso native he found himself working his way back to the big leagues.

“It’s always difficult to come into a new organization and take a spot on the big league team,” said Rodriguez. “I’m still learning some of the coaches names around here and I’m sure they are getting to know me.”

The Chihuahuas will begin their road trip on Tuesday night. The next time they play in El Paso will be on April 16.

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