Elías with the Seattle Mariners
|Seattle Mariners – No. 55|
August 1, 1988 |
|April 3, 2014, for the Seattle Mariners|
(through June 22, 2018)
|Earned run average||4.10|
Roenis Elías (/
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. He traveled 30 hours by boat from Cuba to Cancun, Mexico. He initially played on the "B" team of the Sultanes de Monterrey in the Mexican League.
Elías signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on May 3, 2011. 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 1⁄3 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 1⁄3 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, making the team as one of the starting pitchers. Elías made his Major League debut April 3, 2014. Against the Detroit Tigers on June 1, Elias recorded the team's first shutout by a rookie since Freddy García in 1999. 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 2⁄3 innings pitched.
During the 2015 season, Elías made 22 appearances (20 starts) for Seattle, pitching 115 1⁄3 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 1⁄3 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
Elías made his Boston debut in relief on April 23, 2016, against the Houston Astros. 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. 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. Overall, for the 2016 season, Elías made three appearances for Boston, pitching 7 2⁄3 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. 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 2⁄3 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 1⁄3 of an inning on September 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays; he walked one batter and struck out one batter.
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
On April 23, 2018, the Red Sox traded Elías to the Seattle Mariners for cash.
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