Angels select contract of former BayBear Jose Rodriguez

Rodriguez becomes first member of 2019 team to reach Majors

By Mobile BayBears | July 27, 2019 10:19 PM

MOBILE, Ala. (July 27, 2019) - The Los Angeles Angels announced Saturday that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jose Rodriguez , a former member of the Mobile BayBears, from Triple-A Salt Lake. Rodriguez has a chance to make his Major League debut on the current seven-game homestand against Baltimore and Detroit.

 

Rodriguez, 23, made 28 starts with the BayBears over the past two seasons. His 23 starts last year were the most by any returning BayBears pitcher on the 2019 Opening Day roster. Rodriguez posted a 7-12 record with a 6.27 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 132 total innings pitched at the Double-A level. He held opponents to two runs or fewer in three of his five starts this season.

 

In 13 games, two starts, with Salt Lake, Rodriguez went 2-2 with a 6.49 ERA and struck out 39 batters in 34 2/3 innings. In 141 professional games, 105 starts, Rodriguez has a 32-38 record with a 4.72 ERA. The Bolivar, Venezuela native was originally signed by the Angels as an international free agent on December 3, 2012. Rodriguez was a Mid-Season All-Star with Burlington in 2016 and Inland Empire in 2017.

 

Rodriguez is set to become the 18th player to make his Major League debut for the Angels after spending time with the BayBears. He will be the 14th player from the 2018 BayBears team to appear in a Major League game and the first from this year's squad. Former BayBears infielders Luis Rengifo and Matt Thaiss , pitchers Griffin Canning and Jose Suarez , and two-way player Jared Walsh have all made their Major League debuts for the Angels this year.

 

The BayBears continue a five-game home series against the Mississippi Braves Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on MobileBayBears.com, the TuneIn app, and the MiLB First Pitch app, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 1:45 p.m.

 

The BayBears host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 2. The new BayBears Pass is available, featuring a general admission ticket to every BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium for only $19.97 per month. Partial plans are also available, featuring a 7-game plan and a 12-game option to guarantee bobbleheads and receive tickets to select fireworks nights. Individual game tickets can be purchased online at MobileBayBears.com or by calling 251-572-BEAR (2327).

 

About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 175 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 572-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.

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