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Eduardo Jose Rodriguez Hernandez

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.

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Eduardo Rodriguez made his major league debut in 2015.

Rodriguez was signed by Baltimore Orioles scout Calvin Maduro in 2010. He went 3-4 with a 2.33 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 65 2/3 IP that summer for the DSL Orioles 1. In 2011, he appeared for the GCL Orioles (1-1, Sv, 1.81, 46 K in 44 2/3 IP, .177 opponent average) and the Aberdeen Ironbirds (3 R in 4 IP). Baseball America rated him as the #18 prospect in the Gulf Coast League, between Victor De Leon and Austin Brice. At age 19 in 2012, he was playing full-season ball, going 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA for the Delmarva Shorebirds. Baseball America listed him as the fifth-best prospect in the Orioles system. He opened 2013 well with the Frederick Keys (6-4, 2.85), earning a promotion to AA and a spot in the 2013 Futures Game.

In the 2013 Futures Game, Rodriguez relieved Rafael De Paula in the bottom of the 6th with a 3-2 deficit against the USA. He retired Brandon Nimmo, Christian Walker and Chris Owings in order (Owings on a strikeout). Miguel Almonte replaced him in the 7th. He finished the season with the Bowie BaySox, where he went 4-3, 4.22 in 11 games. Back at Bowie in 2014, he suffered a setback when he injured his knee lifting weights and as a result was only 3-7, 4.79 in 16 games when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox on July 31st in return for major league lefthanded reliever Andrew Miller. He was outstanding in 6 starts for the Portland Sea Dogs after the trade, going 3-1 with a minute 0.96 ERA to end the season at 6-8, 3.60; he struck out 108 batters in 120 innings. He was sent to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox to begin the 2015 season, and in his first 8 starts put up a record of 4-3, 2.98 to earn a call-up to the Show.

Rodriguez made his major league debut with Boston on May 28, 2015 as the starting pitcher against the Texas Rangers. It was a successful one as he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings to receive credit for a 5-1 win. At 22, he was the youngest Red Sox starter to win his debut on the road since 21-year-old Billy Rohr's memorable first game on April 14, 1967, when he came within one out of pitching a no-hitter. In the intervening years, the only younger pitcher to debut as a starter on the road for the Sox had been Roger Clemens, who was also 21 in 1984, but who had to settle for a no-decision. He followed that initial start with another very solid performance, as in the first game of a doubleheader, he gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 7 innings at home against the Minnesota Twins to pick up another win. He was the first pitcher since at least 1900 to begin his career with two starts of at least 7 innings in which he gave up 3 hits or less and 1 run or less in both starts. The Red Sox had originally planned to send him back to the minors after the two games, but his strong showing changed their thinking. After a third straight strong start in which he held the Baltimore Orioles scoreless over 6 innings but did not figure in the decision on the 9th, he ran into a juggernaut on June 14th, however, as the red hot Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to 11 games at his expense by jumping on him for 9 runs in 4 2/3 innings. He stayed in the starting rotation for the rest of the season and became the first Red Sox rookie to win 10 games since John Curtis in 1972. He finished the year at 10-6, 3.85 in 21 starts and 121 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox improved greatly in 2016, being in the postseason race all year, but Rodriguez found the going rougher, missing a lot of time to injuries and seeing his name in the win column only rarely. On September 4th, he pitched the best game of his career against the Oakland Athletics, but had little to show for hit. He held the A's hitless for 7 innings, then got two more outs in the 8th when he lost his no-hitter on a very close play that required a video review: Marcus Semien hit a ground ball off his leg, Eduardo picked it up and threw to first base. Umpire Laz Diaz called the runner out, but the A's appealed and the call was reversed, giving Semien a hit. He got the final out of the inning, then left the game, but unfortunately his teammates had failed to score any runs for him and Boston lost the game, 1-0, on a double by Khris Davis off Craig Kimbrel in the 9th. On September 25th, he matched a career high with 13 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, but had to settle for a no-decision as the Sox won in the 10trh inning, their 11th straight win. His strikeouts were part of a record 21 registered by Boston's pitchers through the first nine innings, and he left the game while the Sox were in the middle of a stretch of recording 11 consecutive strikeouts, for another major league record.

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