Rigo Beltrán

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Rigo Beltrán pitched parts of five seasons in the major leagues. He saw his most substantial action in his rookie season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He made 35 appearances (4 starts) for the Cards in 1997, recording his lone big league save against the Montreal Expos on August 27th. He moved to the New York Mets in the off-season for Juan Acevedo and made his final big league appearance with the Colorado Rockies in 2004. In international play, with the Mexican national team, Beltrán beat the Cuban national team in the 2003 Pan American Games, their only loss of the competition.

Rigo was the pitching coach of the GCL Reds in 2008 and was originally announced as the pitching coach for the 2009 Dayton Dragons, but was re-assigned to the Carolina Mudcats before the season. He was pitching coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2010 and Bakersfield Blaze in 2011-2013. Moving to the Cleveland Indians' chain, Beltrán was pitching coach of the Lake County Captains in 2014, Lynchburg again in 2015-2017, Akron RubberDucks in 2018 and Columbus Clippers in 2019. He was scheduled to coach Columbus in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19. He coached for Mexico in the 2017 WBC Qualifiers. Beltran was pitching coach of Columbus in 2021-2022.

In 2023, he became a major league coach for the first time as bullpen coach of the Cleveland Guardians.

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