Kenny Rodríguez

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Kenny Rodríguez Martín

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kenny Rodríguez has pitched in Cuba and in the minors.

Rodríguez was 12-21 with a 5.31 ERA in 79 games and three seasons in Cuba through 2004. Pitching for the Habaneros in 2004-2005, he led the Super Liga with 36 strikeouts. He then defected to Ecuador.

Kenny signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2007. He split 2008 between the Dunedin Blue Jays (8-8, 3.14, 24 BB in 111 2/3 IP, 104 K, .241 opponent average) and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1-3, 11.28, 22 BB, 10 K, .347 opponent average). Had he qualified, he would have tied fellow defector Reidier Gonzalez for 4th in the Florida State League in ERA.

The Havana native had a better campaign in 2009, again starring for Dunedin (6-3, 2.43, .227 opponent average) but holding his own this time with New Hampshire (4-5, 4.50, .251 opponent average). Had he qualified, he would have been third in the FSL in ERA. The right-hander performed badly in 2010 with Dunedin - 3-1, 8.57 ERA, 2.14 WHIP. He was 39-42 with 7 saves and a 4.67 ERA in 153 minor league games (101 starts). He fanned 517 in 614 2/3 innings, walked 283 and allowed 634 hits.

Rodriguez starred for the Peru national team in the 2013 Bolivarian Games, fanning 16 in one of their two wins (over a Guatemalan national team with several former or future minor leaguers). He was 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA, 21 K, 4 H and 3 BB in 12 1/3 IP in the event, getting the lone win for Peru; he also played third base and went 3 for 11 with two doubles, second on the team in slugging and third in average. He also helped Peru win bronze in the 2015 South American Championship.