Odor with the Rangers in 2016
|Texas Rangers – No. 12|
February 3, 1994 |
|May 8, 2014, for the Texas Rangers|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||197|
Rougned Roberto Odor (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈruɣneð oˈðor]; born February 3, 1994) is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the team's minor league affiliates from 2011 until he was called up to the MLB team in May 2014.
Early life and family
Odor is from Maracaibo, Venezuela. His first name is a combination of his grandfather's name, Douglas, and his grandmother's name, Nedia; in keeping with the family custom of giving boys names that begin with the letter "R", the "D" in Douglas was changed to an "R", yielding Rougned. He has a sister and a younger brother, Rougned José Odor, who signed with the Texas Rangers on February 19, 2015. His uncle, Rouglas Odor, played for eight seasons with the Minor League teams of Cleveland and Milwaukee, and is now a hitting coach with the Akron RubberDucks.
Odor signed with the Texas Rangers as an international free agent in 2011, receiving a $425,000 signing bonus. The Rangers aggressively assigned him to the Spokane Indians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League. He was the youngest player in the Northwest League, and had a .262 batting average on the season. Odor was suspended for four games after starting a brawl during a game with the Vancouver Canadians. In 2012, Odor batted .259 with the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League.
Odor began the 2013 season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where he had a .303 batting average in 99 games played. In August 2013, Odor was promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League. Odor's emergence with the Rangers allowed them to trade utility infielder Leury Garcia to the Chicago White Sox for all-star right fielder Alex Rios that month. He finished the season with a .305 batting average with 41 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, and 78 runs batted in in 130 games for Myrtle Beach and Frisco. The Rangers named Odor their minor league player of the year.
The Rangers promoted Odor to the major leagues on May 8, 2014. On May 12, 2014, against Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock, Odor hit a single for his first major league hit. He hit his first grand slam on August 27, 2014, in a 12-4 decision against the Seattle Mariners. Odor was the youngest player in the MLB during his rookie season and helped the Rangers' second base problem even though they finished 67-95, the third worst record in baseball that year. He finished the year hitting a .259 batting average, 9 homeruns, and 48 RBIs.
Odor began 2015 as the Rangers' starting second baseman, but he struggled mightily, hitting .144 with 1 HR, 9 RBI, and 25 strikeouts to go with just 7 walks in 29 games, and he was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on May 11. However, upon his demotion, Odor found his stroke, beating up Triple-A pitching to a .352/.426/.639 slash with 5 HR, 19 RBI, and only 10 strikeouts to 12 walks in roughly the same amount of appearances. On June 15, following an injury to Delino DeShields, Jr., Odor was recalled to the Rangers, and in his return, promply went 3-3 with 2 RBI against the Dodgers. Rougned proceeded to hit very hot in the month of June, hitting .391 with 2 HR and 9 RBI and hit .319 with 5 HR and 16 RBI in July. He ended the regular season hitting .261, with 16 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 54 runs scored.
On May 15, 2016, Odor started another on-field brawl by punching Jose Bautista in the face during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, after Bautista made a hard slide into Odor at second base during a double play. Odor first pushed and then swung at Bautista, hitting him squarely in the face. It is possible that this incident spilled over from the bad blood that resulted from Game 5 of 2015's American League Division Series between the Rangers and the Blue Jays, a game that included fans throwing trash onto the field and Bautista flipping his bat emphatically after hitting the Blue Jays' go-ahead home run. Odor received an eight-game suspension from MLB two days later for his actions that resulted in the brawl. After an appeal, Odor's suspension was revised, eventually finalized at seven games.
On October 9, 2016, Odor was charged with a throwing error which allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to score the winning run in the 10th inning of Game 3 of the ALDS, thus eliminating the Rangers despite holding the best record in the AL in 2016.
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