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From BR Bullpen
Andre Rienzo Albanez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 180 lb.
 Biographical Information
Andre Rienzo has pitched as high as AAA. He is also known as Adriene Rienzo.
Rienzo signed with the Chicago White Sox in 2006 as an undrafted free agent; the scout was Orlando Santana. He made his pro debut with the 2007 DSL White Sox, going 1-1 with a 7.63 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 15 1/3 IP. In 2008, he was 5-1 with a 1.30 ERA, a WHIP barely over 1 and 44 K in 40 2/3 IP for the same club. Had he qualified, he would have ranked 6th in the Dominican Summer League in ERA. In the 2008 Americas Baseball Cup, he was 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA but struck out 16 in 12 2/3 IP. He tied Jean Toledo for second in the event in losses and tied Orlando Roman, Oscar Rivera and Luis Arroyo for third in strikeouts (behind Walter Silva and Pablo Morales. He started against Mexico and was roughed up (5 hits, 3 walks, 5 runs in 3 IP) in a loss to Pablo Ortega. He did well in relief in a 6-3 win over Aruba (3 shutouts innings, 5 strikeouts), pitching in between Heitor Correa and Marcelo Arai. In his last outing, he contributed a solid start against Nicaragua, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 IP and struck out 8 but lost to Carlos Perez when his team provided no offensive support. He played one more game, going 0 for 2 as a first baseman against Venezuela.
He came stateside with the 2009 Bristol Sox and fell to 2-6, 4.14. He tied for 6th in the Appalachian League in losses. In 2010, Rienzo had a 8-4, 3.65 record for the Kannapolis Intimidators, whiffing 125 in 101 innings. He tossed two shutouts, second in the South Atlantic League behind Mark Cohoon's 3. He also tied Robbie Erlin for 8th in strikeouts. With the Winston-Salem Dash in 2011, he was 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA and fanned 118 in 116 innings. He ranked 4th in the Carolina League in strikeouts and was 8th in ERA (between Chris Masters and Elisaul Pimentel.
The right-hander split 2012 between the Dash (3-0, 1.08, 31 K in 25 IP), Birmingham Barons (4-3, 3.27, 72 K in 71 2/3 IP) and Charlotte Knights (1 UER, 10 K in 6 2/3 IP), continuing his climb. He then joined Brazil for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, and was one of the most prominent players on the teams's Roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic itself.
- 2012 White Sox Media Guide
- 2008 Americas Baseball Cup