Francisco Rodriguez (rodrifr04)
Francisco Rodriguez Murillo
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
Francisco Rodriguez is a pitcher who made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2010. In 2005, he was 4-4 with a 5.61 ERA for the Puebla Parrots. He signed with the Angels that off-season. In 2006, he went 5-13 with a 5.47 ERA and .300 opponent average for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He tied for the California League lead in losses. He returned to Rancko Cucamonga in 2007 and was 4-8 with 2 saves and a 5.96 ERA, walking 53 and allowing 117 hits in 105 2/3 IP. He had a 6.75 ERA in the 2008 Caribbean Series for the Yaquis de Obregon and saved the win over the Tigres de Aragua. Francisco went 5-5 with 2 saves and a 3.82 ERA for the 2008 Arkansas Travelers, pitching in 50 games. In the winter, he was 3-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 30 games for the Caneros de los Mochis. He then joined the Mexican team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic, allowing two runs in two innings. Rodriguez allowed three inherited runners to score, on a triple to Yoennis Céspedes and home run by Ben Risinger.
That summer, Rodriguez had a 5-4, 3.96 record for the Salt Lake Bees, not bad in the high-flying PCL (his club had a 5.12 ERA). After a 0-1, 6.00 start for the 2009 Bees, Francisco was called up to The Show to replace the injured Brian Fuentes early in the season.
Rodriguez made his major league debut with the Angels by pitching one inning of scoreless relief against the New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium on April 15, 2010. Relieving Matt Palmer in the 8th with a 6-2 deficit, he got Derek Jeter on a grounder, Nick Swisher on a fly and Mark Teixeira swinging for a fine MLB debut.