Rafael Córdova

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Rafael Córdova

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rafael Córdova pitched as high as AAA and was on the Mexican national team.

Born in the US, he was signed as an amateur free agent out of Mexico at age 16, by Tampa Bay Rays scout Eddie Diaz. [1] He allowed five runs (one earned) in nine innings for the 2012 DSL Rays, going 1-0. Back with them a year later, he improved to 5-1, 0.81 with only 3 walks in 44 1/3 IP. He was 2-4 with two saves and a 4.75 ERA for the '14 Princeton Rays, striking out 31 in 30 1/3 IP. He then was with Mexico for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed one hit and no runs. [2]

His US career over, he went to the Mexican League and allowed 12 runs (10 earned) in 14 1/3 IP for the Acereros de Monclova. In his Mexican Pacific League debut that winter, he gave up two runs in 2 1/3 IP for the Águilas de Mexicali. In 2016, he was 1-0 with a 4.86 ERA in 14 games for the Rieleros de Aguascalientes. He had a fine winter at 2-0, 2.83 in 23 games for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo. He was 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 39 games for the 2017 Vaqueros Laguna.

The Mexican League went to a two-season format for one year, 2018. He had a 1.89 ERA in eight games in the spring season for the Olmecas de Tabasco and 3.67 ERA in 20 games in the fall season, not getting a decision in either. He was 2-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 34 games for Tabasco in 2019. Mexicali played in the Arizona Fall League that year and he allowed two runs in four innings, taking a loss. The 2020 LMB season was wiped out by COVID-19. He returned in the winter with the Algodoneros de Guasave, going 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 32 games. He tied Norman Elenes for second in the LMP in appearances, two behind Roberto Espinosa. He allowed four runs in five and a third innings for Tabasco in 2021.

In the winter of 2020-2021, he was 3-3 with four saves and a 3.14 ERA in 31 games for the Algodoneros.


  1. 2014 Rays Media Guide, pg. 404
  2. 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games site