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Elliot Cianchini

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Elliot Cianchini Rodríguez

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 170 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Elliot Cianchini pitched for the Puerto Rican national team, including in the 1988 Olympics.

He debuted in the top Puerto Rican amateur league in 1987 with the Guaynabo Mets, posting a 1.30 ERA. [1] He was 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in the 1988 Baseball World Cup. He allowed 4 runs in 3 1/3 IP in a start against Team Canada, matched up against future major leaguer Rhéal Cormier; José Víctor Meléndez relieved. He did better against Spain, going the distance and fanning 13 with only two hits (both to Félix Cano) and two walks. He tied Cormier for the 3rd-most Ks in a game in that World Cup, behind Kang-chul Lee and Takehiro Ishii. The 17-year-old was second on the Puerto Rican staff in whiffs overall, two behind Wilfredo Vélez. [2]

In the 1988 Olympics, he pitched scoreless ball against Japan and Taiwan and Puerto Rico finished 3rd. They did not get a Bronze as baseball was not yet a medal event. He helped Aguas Buenas win the Puerto Rican titles in both 1988 and 1989 [3]

He then pitched for the Miami Hurricanes, helping them to the 1989 College World Series; staffmates included Alex Fernandez and Joe Grahe. He was 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA for Miami. [4] He was named to the Rio Piedras Hall of Fame in 2016. [5]

Sources[edit]

  1. Rio Piedras Hall of Fame
  2. Defunct IBAF website
  3. Rio Piedras Hall of Fame
  4. 1989 College World Series program
  5. Rio Piedras Hall of Fame