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Joshua James Roenicke

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The son of Gary Roenicke and nephew of Ron Roenicke, pitcher Josh Roenicke made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008. His brothers Jarett Roenicke and Jason Roenicke and cousin Lance Roenicke also played pro baseball.

Roenicke was not used much in his first two seasons at UCLA. As a junior, he hit .277 with a .368 OBP while playing errorless ball in the outfield. In his senior season, he batted .248 and also pitched a bit, going 2-3 with a 3.46 ERA and striking out 13 in 13 innings. He also played college football, where he was a wide receiver.

He was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the 2006 amateur draft and they decided to use him strcitly as a relief pitcher. He was signed by scout Rex de la Nuez and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Reds, posting a 1-0 record and a 1.17 ERA in 7 games before being promoted to the Billings Mustangs and going 1-0 with a 6.32 ERA and 6 saves. Roenicke began 2007 with the Sarasota Reds and was 2-1 with a 3.25 ERA and 16 saves there. In June, he was promoted to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, for whom he went 1-1 with an 0.95 ERA and 8 saves. His 24 saves led Reds farmhands. He went 4-2 in 22 games with Chattanooga to start the 2008 season, recording 10 saves and a 3.27 ERA and was promoted to the AAA Louisville Bats for whom he went 2-0, 2.54 in 35 games.

He was called up to the Major League for the first time on September 9, 2008 and made his debut on September 13, pitching a third of an inning in relief at Arizona. Roenicke relieved Jeremy Affeldt with a 1-1 tie, 2 men in scoring position and one out. He walked Chris Young, the first batter he faced in The Show. Josh then plunked Adam Dunn to force in Justin Upton before fanning Mark Reynolds. Cincinnati came back for a 3-2 win.

On July 31, 2009 Roenicke was traded by the Reds with Edwin Encarnacion and Zach Stewart to the Blue Jays for Scott Rolen. On June 2, 2011 Roenicke was selected off waivers by the Rockies from the Blue Jays.

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