Diego Ráudez

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Diego Raudez (Rey del Ponche)

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Diego Raudez was a long-time star in Nicaragua's amateur leagues, pitching from 1977-1992. His son Julio Raudez followed in his footsteps.

Diego set the all-time Nicaraguan league record of 220 strikeouts in 1983, since unbroken as of 2008. Only one other pitcher has topped 200 in fact. Raudez pitched for Nicaragua in the 1983 Intercontinental Cup, 1983 Pan American Games (Silver Medal) and 1984 Olympics.

In the 1984 Amateur World Series, the right-hander was 1-2 with two saves and a 3.33 ERA, second on the Nicaraguan staff. He tied for second in the event in saves. He was with Nicaragua in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup. In one contest in 1985, he pitched 14 innings.

Raudez dominated the 1986 Central American and Caribbean Games, going 3-0 on a club that otherwise went 0-4. He helped Nicaragua win Gold at the 1986 Central American Games. Diego was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in the 1988 Baseball World Cup.

Raudez died in 2005; at the time, he ranked second in Nicaraguan baseball league history in games pitched (417), 7th in wins (120), 3rd in shutouts (30), 4th in strikeouts (1,121) and 7th in saves (30).