Richard Rodríguez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/4/1990 (31)
Richard Rodríguez Season Stats
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Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez has been traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Ricky DeVito and Bryse Wilson, the team announced on Twitter. Over five starts at High-A this year, DeVito is 0-3 with a 2.66 ERA, 1.279 WHIP and 29.7 percent strikeout rate across 20 1/3 innings of work. Wilson has made seven starts with Atlanta this year, going 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA, 1.547 WHIP and 15.1 percent strikeout rate. The bigger part of this deal is Rodriguez, who loses what little value he had as Pittsburgh's closer. But he should be a solid add in SV/HLD formats, as he's 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA, 0.835 WHIP and 22.8 percent strikeout rate in 38 1/3 innings of work. In Pittsburgh's bullpen, David Bednar should be grabbed off the waiver wire in deeper formats, as he figures to be next in line for the closer's role for the Pirates.
The Philadelphia Phillies are a possibility to land Pittsburgh Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez after they've had trouble getting traction on Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel at last check. The Pirates are interested in Philadelphia's young catcher Rafael Marchan. The Toronto Blue Jays are also involved with Rodriguez as they look to fortify their bullpen. Rodriguez has been great for Pittsburgh in 2021, posting a 2.82 ERA and 14 saves in 37 relief outings for the rebuilding Pirates. He's also under team control through the 2023 season. Philly's bullpen has had its share of troubles this year, so there's a good possibility that Rodriguez would remain in play for saves for his fantasy managers, although Ranger Suarez has stepped up for the Phillies of late.
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez is drawing trade interest from the Oakland Athletics ahead of Friday's trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Morosi reports that the Athletics are prioritizing a bullpen upgrade before the deadline, and Rodriguez would certainly fit the bill as he is 4-2 with 14 saves, a 2.82 ERA, 0.835 WHIP and 22.8 percent strikeout rate over 38 1/3 innings. If he does go to Oakland, he could end up in a timeshare with Lou Trivino for the closer role, if not outright take the job from Trivino. Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, David Bednar would likely be the next in line for save opportunities, although there probably won't be many of those coming for the Pirates.
After Keone Kela was sidelined by right forearm inflammation in late August of 2020, Richard Rodriguez took over the Pirates' closer role. Rodriguez posted a 2.70 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and a 34:5 K:BB, to go with four saves in five attempts in 23 1/3 innings pitched. With Kela now on the Padres, Rodriguez becomes the presumptive Pittsburgh closer heading into the 2021 season. Looking at his pitching metrics, Rodriguez should outperform his ADP of 217. While his 2020 overall exit velocity of 91.8 mph and overall hard-hit rate of 51% are frightening (and were in the bottom 3% of all of MLB in 2020), his other metrics served to counter those hellish numbers. First, as a result of his greater reliance on the use of his slider, Rodriguez posted an elite strikeout rate (36.6%) and an elite whiff rate which were, respectively, in the top 4% and 8% in all of MLB. Additionally, his flyball rate was well below the MLB average and served to minimize potential home runs. Rodriguez also effectively limited baserunners with a superb walk rate of 5.4% (13th percentile of all of MLB). He also posted a wOBA of .234 and was effective against left-handed hitters (0.71 WHIP and 20:3 K:BB in 12 2/3 IP) which helped limit damage against him. If Rodriguez continues to utilize his slider more frequently, his strikeout and whiff rates should hold in 2021. Additionally, there is room for improvement if Rodriguez's hard-hit rate and overall exit velocity regress closer to his career averages. All signs point to a repeat, if not more, for Rodriguez in 2021. As Pirates closer, he has the potential to return great ratios, strikeouts, and anywhere from 20-25 saves in the later rounds, unless he is dealt by the Pirates around the trade deadline which could limit those save totals.