Roenis Elías

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Roenis Elías
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Elías with the Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners – No. 55
Born: (1988-08-01) August 1, 1988 (age 30)
Guantánamo, Cuba
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 3, 2014, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through September 25, 2018)
Win–loss record17–22
Earned run average4.03

Roenis Elías (/rˈɛns ɛˈləs/; roh-EN-ees el-EE-əs;[1] born August 1, 1988) is a Cuban left-handed professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox.

Professional career[edit]


Elías pitched two seasons for Guantánamo in the Cuban National Series. In the 2008–09 season, he pitched 31 innings in 18 games (one start), compiling a 2–3 record with a 7.84 earned run average (ERA). In the 2009–10 season, he had a 7.14 ERA with 5–7 record while pitching 63 innings in 21 games (17 starts).

Elías defected from Cuba in 2010, hoping to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball team.[2] He traveled 30 hours by boat from Cuba to Cancun, Mexico.[3] He initially played on the "B" team of the Sultanes de Monterrey in the Mexican League.[3]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Elías signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on May 3, 2011.[4] He made his minor league debut that season and pitched for the Rookie League Pulaski Mariners and Arizona League Mariners, and the Single-A Clinton LumberKings. Overall, he went 5–2 with a 4.28 ERA and 41 strikeouts over ​48 13 innings pitched.

In 2012, he played for the Class A-Advanced High Desert Mavericks. He started 26 games, finishing with an 11–6 record, 3.76 ERA, 128 strikeouts over ​148 13 innings pitched. He played the 2013 season with the Double-A Jackson Generals. He started 22 games, had a 6–11 record and 121 strikeouts over 130 innings.

Invited to spring training by the Mariners in 2014, Elías competed for a rotation spot on the Mariners' Opening Day roster,[5][6] making the team as one of the starting pitchers.[7][8] Elías made his Major League debut April 3, 2014.[9] Against the Detroit Tigers on June 1, Elias recorded the team's first shutout by a rookie since Freddy García in 1999.[10] For the 2014 season, Elías pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Mariners, compiling a 10–12 record with 3.85 ERA in ​163 23 innings pitched.

During the 2015 season, Elías made 22 appearances (20 starts) for Seattle, pitching ​115 13 innings with 4.14 ERA while compiling a record of 5–8. He also made 12 starts for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, with a 4–2 record and 7.34 ERA in ​61 13 innings pitched.

Overall for the Mariners, Elías appeared in 51 MLB games (49 starts) with a 15–20 record with 3.97 ERA in 279 innings pitched.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On December 7, 2015, the Mariners traded Elías and Carson Smith to the Boston Red Sox for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro.[11]

Elías made his Boston debut in relief on April 23, 2016, against the Houston Astros.[12] In June, he was called up from the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and faced his former teammates in his first starting appearance with the Red Sox on June 17, giving up seven runs over four innings.[13] Elías was optioned back to Pawtucket after the game. He made one additional appearance for Boston during the season, pitching two innings of one-run relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 16.[14] Overall, for the 2016 season, Elías made three appearances for Boston, pitching ​7 23 innings with a 12.91 ERA and 0–1 record.

Elías started the 2017 season on the disabled list, due to a muscle strain suffered in early March.[15] After missing several months of the season, he played with four different Red Sox farm teams; the Single-A Lowell Spinners and Salem Red Sox, Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, and Triple-A Pawtucket. For those four teams, he pitched a total of ​42 23 innings in 10 games with a 6.96 ERA and a 1–6 record. Late in the season, he made a single appearance for Boston, pitching ​13 of an inning on September 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays; he walked one batter and struck out one batter.[16]

Elías started the 2018 season with Triple-A Pawtucket,[17] where he appeared in four games in relief, pitching a total of ​7 13 innings with a 1.23 ERA, 1–0 record, and one save.

Overall for the Red Sox, Elías appeared in 4 MLB games (one start) with a 0–1 record with 12.38 ERA in 8 innings pitched.

Second stint with Mariners[edit]

On April 23, 2018, the Red Sox traded Elías to the Seattle Mariners for cash.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29," From the Corner of Edgar & Dave (Seattle Mariners official blog), Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Glaser, Kyle (July 17, 2012). "Defecting for a chance". Daily Press. Victorville, California. Archived from the original on July 26, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2014 – via Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Lemons, Josh (May 12, 2013). "Journey to Jackson". The Jackson Sun. Jackson, Tennessee. p. D1. Retrieved April 23, 2018 – via
  4. ^ Dutton, Bob. "Rising pitcher Elias keeps Mariners' management interested". Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Elias emerging as contender for starting rotation". March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Condotta, Bob. "Left-hander Elias hopes to make jump from Class AA to Mariners". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Roenis Elias in Seattle's rotation
  8. ^ Miller to start at shortstop as Mariners make cuts
  9. ^ Drayer, Shannon (April 3, 2014). "Mariners notebook: Roenis Elias makes his debut". My Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Caple, Christian (June 1, 2014). "Roenis Elias pitches three-hit shutout as Mariners beat Tigers, 4-0". The News Tribune. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  11. ^ Oz, Mike (December 7, 2015). "Mariners get starter Wade Miley in trade with Red Sox". Yahoo Sports.
  12. ^ "Houston Astros 8, Boston Red Sox 3". Retrosheet. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  13. ^ "Seattle Mariners 8, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet. June 17, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Boston Red Sox 16, Arizona Diamondbacks 2". Retrosheet. August 14, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  15. ^ Smith, Christopher (June 27, 2017). "Boston Red Sox depth starter Roenis Elias visits Fenway Park, still working way back from muscle strain". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays 10, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet. September 4, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  17. ^ Smith, Christopher (March 24, 2018). "Boston Red Sox roster: Bobby Poyner remains only lefty reliever in camp with Robby Scott, Roenis Elias optioned to Pawtucket". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  18. ^ Mastrodonato, Jason (April 23, 2018). "Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to Seattle Mariners". Boston Herald. Retrieved April 23, 2018.

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