Eddy Rodriguez defected from Cuba with his family when he was just eight years old. His father was a fisherman and they left on the boat, which nearly capsized. They ran out of food and resorted to eating coffee beans. He played college ball at the University of Miami and played a season of independent ball before signing a minor league contract with the Padres in 2011. He was promoted to the Padres when the starting catcher was injured. He played in just two games for San Diego in 2012.