Ricky Rodriguez

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Ricky Rodriguez
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Ricky Rodriguez won the Sandy Koufax Award in 2016
Jacksonville Ravens— No. 27
Pitcher
Born: (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 30)
at Guantanamo, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Bull League statistics
(through 2017 (as of July 7))
Wins 69
Losses 35
ERA 2.43
K 883
WHIP 0.96
Teams
Jacksonville Ravens (2009-Present)
Career highlights
4x Sandy Koufax Award winner

6x All-Star


Ricky Rodriguez is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Jacksonville Ravens in the Bull League's American Eagle League (AEL). He made his major-level debut in 2009.[1]

Rodriguez is a six-time All-Star player and four-time Sandy Koufax Award winner. He holds numerous career and season team records.

Team History

Richmond Ravens/Jacksonville Ravens: 2009-Present [1]

Rodriguez was discovered out of Cuba by the Richmond Ravens, and as an international amateur free agent he was signed to the club's developmental roster for a $980,000 signing bonus. He worked his way up through three seasons at A-level Lubbock Luddites (when the team was still within the Ravens organization), accumulating a record of 4-3 with 11 saves, a 3.60 ERA, and 66 strikeouts in 75.0 innings as a minor leaguer.

In 2009, he made his debut at the top level as a 20-year old starter for the Ravens, but despite being named the #3 prospect in the league, had a forgettable 2-3, 5.37 season. A high point was maintaining a very low WHIP of 1.19, using his incredible control to keep batters from making good contact and from giving up too many walks.

But 2011 was a break-out year for him, he went 11-5 with a 2.50 ERA, leading the AEL in wins and earned run average that season, and earning his first AEL Sandy Koufax Award.

Rodriguez maintained such incredible ERA and WHIP numbers over the next few seasons, leading the AEL in lowest ERA each season since 2011, and leading in WHIP three more times during the same period. He is notoriously challenging to earn a free base from, consistently leading the AEL in lowest BB/9 a total of five times through his career.

In 2012, he signed a 7-year contract extension that would see him paid $88 million by the end of the 2019 season, with a bonus of $400,000 for each pitching award.

And he earned that bonus three more times since then. He took home another Sandy Koufax Award in 2013, and then another in 2015 when he tied his career high wins (11) and set a career low ERA of 1.84, and WHIP of 0.74, the latter setting a Bull League single-season record. Finally, he won it again in 2016, becoming the first back-to-back AEL Sandy Koufax Award winner since Ricky Terrazas in 2007 (who had won four it four years in a row).

Career Highlights

Rodriguez is a four-time AEL Sandy Koufax Award winner, and six-time All-Star.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 P Ricky Rodriguez #7. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/players/player_2648.html. Accessed: 30 June 2017.