From the Collection: Ricardo Rodriguez, rhp, Indians

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Paul Shuey was a big part of the Indians teams that I grew up with, being a dependable pen arm during the great Tribe run from 1994-2001.  I was bummed when he was traded to the Dodgers, but I remember being told that it was cool since we got pitchers Ricardo Rodriguez and Francisco Cruceta.

Ricardo Rodriguez was signed as a international free agent by Dodgers in September, 1996.  By 2000 he was the organizations #18 prospect, and in 2001 he was the #1 prospect in the Dodgers organization.  He deserved the ranking, but at the time he had yet to see AA so there was a lot of projection in that ranking.  He would end up performing well in AA (5-4, 1.01 WHIP), and after the trade be ranked the Indians #6 prospect.

Things would never really pan out, though.  His numbers in AAA were not all that great, and he was generally shelled in the majors.  The Indians would give up on him in 2003, trading him to the Rangers for a young Ryan Ludwick.

He struggled pretty bad his last couple seasons, and retired at age 32.

Year Age Tm Lg W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP
2000 22 LAD-min Rk 10 3 1.88 15 15 95.2 66 23 129 0.930
2001 23 LAD-min A+ 14 6 3.21 26 26 154.1 133 60 154 1.251
2002 24 LAD-CLE-min AA,AAA 9 5 2.58 17 17 104.2 95 25 65 1.146
2002 24 CLE AL 2 2 5.66 7 7 41.1 40 18 24 78 1.403
2003 25 CLE-min AAA 0 1 4.32 2 2 8.1 6 3 7 1.080
2003 25 CLE AL 3 9 5.73 15 15 81.2 89 28 41 77 1.433
2004 26 TEX-min AAA 2 2 5.11 6 6 37.0 42 12 18 1.459
2004 26 TEX AL 3 1 2.03 5 4 26.2 28 12 15 250 1.500
2005 27 TEX-min AAA 7 3 2.91 13 12 80.1 64 23 48 1.083
2005 27 TEX AL 2 3 5.53 12 10 57.0 67 17 24 83 1.474
2006 28 ATL-STL-min AAA 8 12 5.33 27 25 162.0 193 50 83 1.500
2007 29 FLA-PIT-min AAA 2 6 6.86 16 11 61.2 92 16 33 1.751
2008 30 EDM Ind 8 2 3.84 14 14 93.2 112 13 69 1.335
2009 31 SLT AAA 3 0 6.75 7 7 32.0 46 12 19 1.812
CLE (2 yrs) 5 11 5.71 22 22 123.0 129 46 65 77 1.423
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/22/2014.
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