Henry Rodríguez (pitcher)
February 25, 1987 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 21, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.24|
Rodríguez began his professional career in 2006, with the Arizona League Athletics. With them, he went 5–2 with a 7.42 ERA in 15 games (four starts), striking out 59 batters in 43⅔ innings of work.
In 2007, he went 6–8 with a 3.07 ERA in 20 games (18 starts), striking out 106 batters in 99⅔ innings for the Kane County Cougars. He split the 2008 season between the Stockton Ports and the Midland RockHounds, finishing with a 4–10 record and a 5.20 ERA in 34 games (22 starts), while striking out 147 batters in 116 innings of work.
He made his major league debut in the 8th inning of the September 21 game against the Texas Rangers, where he gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 1.
On December 16, 2010, Rodríguez, along with outfielder Corey Brown, was traded to the Nationals in exchange for Josh Willingham. Rodríguez appeared in 59 games in the 2011 season and earned a 3–3 record with a 3.56 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
Rodríguez was given an opportunity to close games for the Nationals in 2012 with regular stopper Drew Storen on the disabled list, but bouts of wildness led manager Davey Johnson to move Rodríguez out of the role by the end of May. He continued as a reliever, and pitched in 35 games in 2012, finishing with a 1-3 record, a 5.83 ERA, and 9 saves.
On June 11, 2013, Rodriguez was traded to the Chicago Cubs for right handed pitcher Ian Dickson. He was designated for assignment on July 14, clearing a spot on the active roster for Cole Gillespie. In 5 games, he walked 4 over 4 innings, striking out 1 with a 4.50 ERA.
Rodríguez is known for a hard four-seam fastball averaging almost 99 mph over the course of his career. It tends to sit between 96 and 100 mph, reaching as high as 102 mph. He features an equally fast two-seam fastball, that, with the four-seamer, sets up three off-speed pitches: a slider (84–86 mph), a curveball (80–83 mph), and a changeup to left-handed hitters (90–92 mph). His secondary pitches are extraordinarily effective at getting swings and misses, with whiff rates above 50% on each of his three pitches.
Rodríguez's prowess has been hampered by a high walk rate of 5.6 per 9 innings. He also led the National League in wild pitches in 2011, and is leading the league again in 2012 despite having thrown only 21 innings. In the 86 2⁄3 he has pitched since the beginning of the 2011 season, Rodríguez has thrown 23 wild pitches.
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