Paco Rodriguez

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Paco Rodriguez
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Rodriguez with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves
Relief Pitcher
Born: (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991 (age 24)
Miami, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 9, 2012 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 4–5
Earned run average 2.53
Strikeouts 91

Steven Francis "Paco"[1] Rodríguez (born April 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to playing professionally, Rodriguez attended the University of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Florida Gators. He previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Amateur career[edit]

Rodriguez attended Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida.[2] He was named All-State and was named to the Miami Herald All-Dade Team.[3] The Houston Astros selected Rodriguez in the 48th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft after his high school graduation, but he did not sign.[4]

Rodriguez enrolled at the University of Florida, in order to play college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). For the Gators, Rodriguez served as the team's closer.[5] His career earned run average (ERA) at Florida (2.19) in 86 appearances is the lowest since the introduction of aluminum bats in 1974. He was an All-SEC selection in 2012.[6] Rodriguez helped lead the Gators to the College World Series in three consecutive years.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Rodriguez in the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Draft experts suggested that he would be one of the first players from the draft to reach the majors.[7] After signing with the Dodgers, he was assigned to the Great Lakes Loons of the Class A Midwest League.[4] After six appearances with the Loons, he was promoted to the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League,[8] where he pitched in 15 games with a 1.32 ERA.[9]

The Dodgers promoted Rodriguez to the major leagues on September 5, 2012,[9] and became the first 2012 draftee to reach the majors.[10] He made his debut in a game on September 9 against the San Francisco Giants and retired the one batter he faced.[11] He appeared in 11 games for the Dodgers in 2012, as a left-handed specialist, and allowed only one run to score in 6.2 innings.[12]

Rodriguez started the 2013 season on the Dodgers' major league roster. After a rocky April,[13] he became a trusted member of the Dodgers' bullpen,[14] though he faltered in September and October under the heavy workload of an MLB season.[13] From May through August, his ERA was 1.31 in 52 appearances.[13] His season totals were a record of 3-4 with a 2.32 ERA in 76 games.

Rodriguez spent most of 2014 with the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, but had four separate brief stints with the Dodgers.[15] In July, Rodriguez strained an upper back muscle.[16] In 32 games with the Isotopes, he was 2–3 with a 4.40 ERA and in 19 games for the Dodgers, he was 1–0 with a 3.86 ERA.[12]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Rodriguez was added to the disabled list in May 2015 and underwent a bone spur removal surgery in July.[17] On July 30, 2015, in a three-team trade, the Atlanta Braves acquired Rodriguez, Héctor Olivera, minor league pitcher Zachary Bird, and a competitive balance draft pick for the 2016 MLB Draft, while the Dodgers acquired Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Bronson Arroyo, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilán, and José Peraza, and the Miami Marlins acquired minor league pitchers Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham, and Kevin Guzman.[18] Though he was expected to recover sufficiently from multiple injuries by September and make his first appearances for the Braves, Rodriguez did not pitch at the major league level for the rest of the 2015 season, and underwent Tommy John surgery in September.[17]

Pitching style[edit]

Rodriguez has an unusual and deceptive delivery in which, from the batter's perspective, he hides the ball behind his head before slinging it towards the plate.[14]


  1. ^ "UF pitchers develop cut fastball". Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gulliver student-athletes are college-bound". January 15, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pair Of Drafted Gator Baseball Players To Return". August 18, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Hugh Bernreuter. "Los Angeles Dodgers assign second-round pick Steven Rodriguez to Great Lakes Loons roster". Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "No 1 Florida has sights set on NCAA title this season". February 16, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Thursday (July 5, 2012). "UF Baseball's Steven Rodriguez Signs With Los Angeles Dodgers". Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Path to Majors could be short for Rodriguez". June 19, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Down on the Farm – Steven Rodriguez Promoted to Double-A Chattanooga". July 27, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Dilbeck, Steve. "Chad Billingsley's season ends; just-drafted Steven Rodriguez up". Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Angert, Alex (September 5, 2012). "Lefty Rodriguez is first 2012 draftee to reach bigs". Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (September 10, 2012). "Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who has hurt shoulder, aims to return Tuesday". Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Paco Rodriguez Statistics and History -". Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c Steve Dilbeck, Daily Dodger in Review: Paco Rodriguez is brilliant until overuse, Los Angeles Times, Published November 26, 2013, Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez continues to impress, Los Angeles Times, Published August 26, 2013, Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "Paco Rodriguez 2014 Minor League Gamelogs & Splits -". Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Dodgers looking hard for another lefty". Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Bowman, Mark (October 2, 2015). "Tommy John surgery for Braves' Rodriguez". Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (July 30, 2015). "Dodgers get pitchers Mat Latos, Alex Wood in three-team deadline deal". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 

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