Yankees prospect charged with DUI

Cuban native Rodriguez arrested, then released on $500 bail

Police reported that Omar Luis Rodriguez's blood-alcohol content was 0.102. (Scott Iskowitz/AP)

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com | January 27, 2014 8:22 PM ET

New York Yankees pitching prospect Omar Luis Rodriguez was arrested on charges of drunken driving in Tampa, Fla., last week, according to authorities.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report, the 21-year-old Cuban left-hander was pulled over early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence. He was released later in the day on $500 bail.

Rodriguez emerged as a Major League prospect with a breakout performance at the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship -- a 144-pitch complete game to eliminate Team USA in the semifinals. The hurler signed a multi-million dollar deal with the Yankees in June 2012, according to MLB.com.

Rodriguez made his Minor League debut in 2013, making 11 starts with the Yankees' Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. He posted an 0-2 record with a 5.68 ERA in 31 2/3 innings.

The Associated Press reported police said Rodriguez was driving a red Mercedes the wrong way on a one-way street. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Rodriguez's blood-alcohol content level was 0.102 percent at the time of his arrest. Florida law considers drivers impaired at 0.08 percent.

According to MLB.com, the Yankees declined to comment on the arrest.

Jake Seiner is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Seiner. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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