After Eduardo Rodriguez showed phenomenal performances with the Baltimore Orioles, who signed him as a freelance international agent in 2010, the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) would not let him go after he joined them. They added him to their 40-man list to protect him from being selected in the 5-Draft rule, and shortly after that Rodriguez made his MLB debut on May 28, 2015.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the Venezuelan left-hander, who is currently in his fourth season in the Major League.
Eduardo Rodriguez’ Biography
The Venezuelan left-handed pitcher was born on April 7, 1993, in Valencia, Venezuela. He was named Eduardo José Rodríguez Hernández and has the nickname E-Rod. He is the third of four children; two brothers (Jesus and Luis) and one sister (Abilis), born of his mother Magales, and a father who works in construction. He is married to Catherine and they have two children, a daughter, Annie, and a son, Ian.
As a teenager, Rodriguez was very athletic and in his youth, he played baseball, soccer, and basketball. In each of these sports, which excited him as a young man, he idolized a number of players. His favorite pitcher was his fellow countryman Johan Santana, who is also left-handed; in football, he idolizes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, while LeBron James is the man in the hoops for him.
He is right-handed by nature but took his left arm after he broke his right arm when he was seven years old. Now he throws and hits left-handed. Although he was good at baseball, he almost gave it up as a teenager after an unsuccessful tryout with the Detroit Tigers. But his mother encouraged him.
At the age of 17, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles as an international free agent in January 2010. In the same season, he made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League. The following season, he played in the Gulf Coast League and the New York Penn League, and in 2012 he was assigned to the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic Class A-League.
He started the 2013 season with the Frederick Keys of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League and advanced to the Double-A Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League in June. He also appeared in the Orioles’ first Futures Game during the 2013 All-Star break and retired from all three battles he faced. He also played for the Arizona Fall League (AFL) Surprise Saguaros. Prior to the 2014 season, Baseball America ranked him as the Orioles’ third-best candidate, and a number of other media ranked him among the top 70 best in baseball.
In 2014, he started in the Double-A for Bowie, where he played for a period of time before moving to the Boston Red Sox in July. After his move to the Red Sox, he made six starts for Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League. He then moved to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox during the International League playoff series against the Durham Bulls.
Baseball America put Eduardo Rodriguez in 59th place in baseball before the 2015 season. He opened the season with Pawtucket and achieved a 4:3 with an ERA of 2.98 on 8 starts.
In his four seasons in the big league, which was however almost affected by injuries, he set a record of 31:24 with 4.10 ERA, scoring 487 strikeouts in 495.2 innings and 172 walkers in 495.2 pitchings.
Eduardo Rodriguez made his MLB debut on May 28, 2015, being the youngest Red Sox debutant since 1984 and the youngest Red Sox starter to win his road debut since 1967. By the end of the season, he had played in 21 games (all starts) and posted a 10-6 win and a 10-6 loss record of 3.85 ERA, while scoring 98 strikeouts and 37 walking places in 121 2/3 innings.
In 2016 he was struck by a knee injury and started late in May. In late June he was seeded on Pawtucket after fighting his way through his next five starts but was recalled in mid-July. At the end of the season, Rodríguez competed in 20 games (all starts) and set a 3-7 record with a 4.71 ERA, while he scored 100 shots in 107 innings and walked 40.
Although he had a difficult first start into the 2017 season, his ERA throughout May was 3.10 or below. In June, he injured his knee again and was placed on the handicapped list (DL), but returned to the rotation in mid-July. He finished the season in 25 games (24 starts) and set a 6-7 record of 4.19 ERA, while he scored 150 strikeouts and 50 walks in 137 innings thrown by 1/3. He also appeared in his first MLB postseason series in 2017 (American League Division Series).
He started the following season as a member of the start rotation. Eduardo Rodriguez made five starts in April, and on July 15 he was back on the DL with a sprained right ankle. However, he had already set an 11-3 record with a 3.44 ERA in 104 2/3 innings in 19 starts. In August he went on a rehabilitation mission with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, whereupon he was activated by the DL on September 1, 2018.
Height, Weight & Body Stats
Also, the left-handed wonder has a statuesque physique. At a height of 6 feet, 2 inches. (1.88 m) he weighs 220 lbs (91 kg).