Roenicke with the Cincinnati Reds
August 4, 1982 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|September 13, 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.17|
Roenicke was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of UCLA where he was both an outfielder and a relief pitcher, as well as a defensive back and kick returner on the UCLA football team. Beginning his professional career with the Gulf Coast Reds, Roenicke pitched 8 innings and gave up only one run. He was promoted to the Rookie level Billings Mustangs where he finished 2006. He began 2007 with the High-A Sarasota Reds before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. Combined, he had a 3–2 record with a 2.31 ERA, 56 strikeouts, and 24 saves. Roenicke remained in Chattanooga to begin 2008, but was promoted to Triple-A Louisville after 22 appearances. In 35 games for Louisville, he had a 2.54 ERA and was promoted to the majors on September 9.
Toronto Blue Jays
In 2 seasons with the Blue Jays, Roenicke went 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in 29 games
In 2 seasons with the Rockies, Roenicke went 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 82 games, most of them coming in 2012.
Roenicke signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on August 12, 2014.
Roenicke throws five pitches. He has a four-seam fastball thrown at 91–95 mph, a two-seam fastball at 91–94, a slider (82–86), a curveball (76–79), and an occasional changeup (83–85). He does not use his changeup against right-handed hitters. His primary fastball against righties is the four-seamer, while he leans toward the two-seamer against lefties. Despite average to above-average whiff rates on his pitches, he strikes hitters out a rate well below one per inning.
Roenicke, who grew up in Nevada City, California, comes from a baseball family as his brother Jason plays in Toronto's minor league system, his father Gary played 12 major league seasons from 1976–1988 and is currently a scout in the Baltimore Orioles organization, and his uncle Ron played 8 seasons from 1981–1988 and is currently the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.
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