Edinson Rafael Rentería
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 160 lb.
Edinson signed originally with the Houston Astros. He hit only .164/.238/.164 in 1985 for the GCL Astros but returned the next year and improved to .297/.343/.385 with just 9 strikeouts in 182 AB. He was 8th in the Gulf Coast League in average, between Jesus Paredes and Tuffy Rhodes, and was named the GCL All-Star at 2B. He continued to improve with the 1987 Auburn Astros, at .302/.382/.371. He was 10th in the New York-Penn League in average and 4th in hits (83); Williams Suero beat him out for All-Star honors at 2B this year.
With the Asheville Tourists in '88, Rentería's batting line plummeted to .232/.316/.278, though he did steal 19 bases in 23 tries. He led the South Atlantic League's second basemen in putouts (271), assists (320) and errors (31). He hit .238/.322/.288 for the 1989 Osceola Astros. In 1990, he split time between the Columbus Mudcats (.257/.340/.324 in 62 G) and Tucson Toros (.291/.339/.336 in 35 G), now a utility infielder rather than a starting second baseman. He ended his time in the Astros chain in 1991, appearing for the Osceola Astros (.281/.363/.325 in 71 G) and Jackson Generals (.288/.344/.390 in 18 G).
In 1992, Rentería went to Taiwan and hit .239/.316/.284 while fielding just .895 in 27 games for the Brother Elephants. He signed with the expansion Florida Marlins after that and topped .300 in '93, spent with the High Desert Mavericks (.314/.380/.401 in 56 G) and Edmonton Trappers (.265/.338/.309 in 24 G). He was 2 for 16 with two walks for the 1994 Portland Sea Dogs to end his time with the Marlins. He finished the year with the Mexico City Tigers and hit .335/.377/.460 in 45 games for them. Edinson's playing career ended in 1995, split between the Sioux Falls Canaries (11 for 34, 3 2B, HR, 4 BB), Campeche Pirates and Veracruz Eagle (.300/.356/.373 in 45 G between the two Mexican clubs).
Rentería then coached in the Atlanta Braves chain, working for the GCL Braves (1997-1998), Danville Braves (1999-2000), Jamestown Jammers (2001), Macon Braves (2002) and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2003). During this period, he also became heavily involved in the Liga Colombiana de Béisbol Profesional in his homeland, becoming president in 1999. Edinson also coached for the Colombian national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers.