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.
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