By Mike Kinney
A student-athlete from Richmond is in the midst of a fantastic season at Cal that is putting him in a great position for a future professional career.
We were at Nicholl Park in November 2020 when Rodney Green Jr., then a senior at El Cerrito High, signed a letter of intent to play for the UC Berkeley baseball program. A baseball recruiting coordinator for the Cal Bears had reportedly learned about Green, a speedy 6-3 outfielder, from a San Pablo barber. That turned into a Golden opportunity for the Bears.
Green has started in all 47 of Cal’s games this season and has amassed a team leading 13 home runs and 27 stolen bases this past season. He’s also chipped in 34 RBIs, and some of his major highlights this season include helping Cal beat rival and highly-ranked Stanford and sweep UCLA on the road. He hit three homers in the UCLA series, as well as two homers and six RBIs in a game versus St. Mary’s.
Cal is currently at 22-24 overall this season and is scheduled to play against Washington at Husky Park tonight.
This summer, Green plans to play with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. There is a chance he could play for Team USA (the collegiate national team) but that is yet to be determined.
According to Alex Shea, director of baseball marketing for REP 1 Sports, Green is in line to be a high draft pick in 2024.
“Some publications including D1Baseball & Baseball America have him projected in the top couple of rounds,” Shea said.