Angelo Rodriguez

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Angelo Rodriguez
Jacksonville Ravens— No. 83
Born: September 20, 1979
at Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Bull League statistics
(through 2016)
Earned runs average 3.39
Wins 138
Losses 79
Innings pitched 1,974.2
Strikeouts 2,017
Career highlights
 Career highlights:

Angelo Rodriguez is a veteran baseball player from Argentina, who has played 18 seasons in the Bull League. He is a starting pitcher, who was signed as a free agent by the Jacksonville Ravens on November 7, 2016.

Angelo was first signed by the Ohio Oxen in 1996 as an international amateur free agent from Argentina, where he played semi-pro baseball, and was awarded a $502,000 signing bonus.

By the following year, he was rated the #45 prospect in the Bull League and scouts had rated him very favorably.

Rodriguez spent some of 2000 in the Cow League, as a relief pitcher, where he accumulated 13 saves in 19 games, and had an ERA of 1.96. He also allowed no home runs in 23 innings. Later that year, he had his first games with the Oxen in relief, pitching 5.0 innings over 2 games, allowing 3 earned runs.

In 2001, Angelo was made a starting pitcher in the Ohio rotation, finishing the year 1-7 with a 7.17 ERA, and throwing 69.0 innings in 13 starts. He was named the #18 prospect in the league that same year and had his contract renewed.

Through his career he has played for several other teams, and accumulated significant career milestones and tops several career pitching statistics categories, including strikeouts and IP.

Team history

Ohio Oxen (2000-2008)

After in inauspicious start to his career in 2000 and 2001, Angelo went on to have a break-out year in 2002, going 7-8 with a 3.91 ERA. On July 31, 2002, he threw a 4-hit shutout game against the Boston Brawlers, striking out 9 batters and only allowing 4 walks.

On July 28, 2003, he became only the sixth pitcher in Bull League history to throw a complete game no-hitter, doing so against Kingston, where he struck out 8 batters and walked just 3. It was also his first year being chosen for the Lake League (LL) all-star team. He finished 2003 with a LL-leading 9 wins.

He nearly repeated the feat in 2004 against Kingston again, throwing a 1-hitter on August 24, 2004, a game in which he allowed no walks and struck out 11 batters.

On August 31, 2005, he struck out a milestone 500th batter. The Oxen signed him to a 3-year extension for $36 million.

The following season, 2006, Rodriguez helped the Oxen win a Bull Cup, taking the team to the playoffs with a 10-3 decision record, again leading the LL in wins. He won the Sandy Koufax Award that year, and finished third in Most Valuable Player Award voting.

However, for the next two seasons, he struggled with ERA's above 4.00, hitting a career high in earned runs allowed in 2007 and only going 7-6 the next year. At the end of 2008 his contract was not extended and he was released to free agency.

Nevada Speeders (2009-2013)

Angelo was signed by the Nevada Speeders to a six-year, $115 million deal. Nevada was quickly rewarded as he resumed collecting shutout games, brought his ERA back under 4.00 and again led the league, this time in the American Eagle League (AEL), in wins, and for the first time, strikeouts.

On June 22, 2010, Angelo struck out his 1000th batter, led the AEL in wins (11), innings (141.2) and strikeouts (147), placing second in Sandy Koufax Award voting.

He finished his sixth year with the Speeders having led the AEL three times in both wins and strikeouts, he then declined his contract option in 2013 and became a free agent again.

Calgary Inferno (2014)

On November 9, 2013, he signed a 2-year, $36 million deal with the Calgary Inferno, which had made the playoffs the previous two seasons and was adding depth to their rotation.

He had a rocky year with Calgary, and was suspended for 8 games after being ejected from a game on July 9, 2014 for being involved in a brawl. He opted out of his second year and took free agency again, by October of that year.

Seattle Salts (2015-2016)

The Seattle Salts were interested enough in Angelo to sign the 35-year old to a 2 year, $57.6 million contract on November 1, 2014. He put up AEL-leading numbers in strikeouts again in both years, and had a career-best 2.37 ERA in his first year. He helped the Salts reach the AELCS in 2015, but Seattle lost the series to his former team, Calgary, which had entered the playoffs as a wild card team. Angelo had held Calgary to a 2-hit shutout earlier in the year, but the Inferno ultimately went on to win the Bull Cup that year.

Angelo finished out his 2 years with the Salts and again became a free agent on October 26, 2016.

Jacksonville Ravens (2016-)

The Jacksonville Ravens signed Angelo to a 2 year contract worth $38.8 million on November 7, 2016. The Ravens also have the "other" Rodriguez, Ricky, who is often compared to Angelo and against whom Angelo has often competed for AEL league lead and Sandy Koufax honors.

They are both considered the top pitchers in the AEL and will now be in the same pitching rotation with the Ravens for 2017.

Career distinctions

Angelo won his only Sandy Koufax pitching award in the LL in 2006, the same year he helped the Ohio Oxen win the Bull Cup. However, since moving to the AEL in 2009, he has second or third in the AEL Sandy Koufax Award voting four times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015). He new Ravens teammate, Ricky Rodriguez, was the Sandy Koufax winner in three of those years.

Angelo has also picked up the AEL Pitcher of the Month award four times, and has been elected to the LL or AEL all-star team every years since 2003, except for 2008.

He is the all-time Bull League leader in career strikeouts, at 2,017 (as of 2016), 107 more than the next player on the all-time list, Niek Rodriguez. He also tops the all-time career lists for wins (138), complete games (58), innings (1,974.2), and hits allowed (1,819).