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Jon Rauch

35-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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Rauch began the season in 2013 with the Marlins, struggling to a 7.56 ERA in 16.2 innings before being released. He then pitched 10 games with better success at Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 11"   WT: 290   DOB: 9/27/1978   BORN: Louisville, KY   COLLEGE: Morehead State   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a minor league contract with the Royals in January of 2014.

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Rauch was assigned to minor league camp by the Royals on Monday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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Jon Rauch Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 25 AAA EDM 3 3 0 18.0 17 9 3 13 2 1 1 0 4.50 1.06
2004 25 AAA CHA 14 13 0 72.3 57 25 9 61 25 6 3 0 3.11 1.13
2005 26 AAA NEW 7 5 0 21.3 19 6 3 25 2 1 1 0 2.53 0.98
2005 26 MAJ WAS 15 1 0 30.0 24 12 3 23 11 2 4 0 3.60 1.17
2006 27 MAJ WAS 85 0 0 91.3 78 34 13 86 36 4 5 2 3.35 1.25
2007 28 MAJ WAS 88 0 0 87.3 75 35 7 71 21 8 4 4 3.61 1.10
2008 29 MAJ ARI 26 0 0 23.3 27 17 6 22 9 0 6 1 6.56 1.54
2008 29 MAJ WAS 48 0 0 48.3 42 16 5 44 7 4 2 17 2.98 1.01
2008  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ ARI/WAS 74 0 0 71.7 69 33 11 66 16 4 8 18 4.14 1.19
2009 30 MAJ ARI 58 0 0 54.3 57 25 5 35 17 2 2 2 4.14 1.36
2009 30 MAJ MIN 17 0 0 15.7 13 3 1 14 6 5 1 0 1.72 1.21
2009  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ ARI/MIN 75 0 0 70.0 70 28 6 49 23 7 3 2 3.60 1.33
2010 31 MAJ MIN 59 0 0 57.7 61 20 3 46 14 3 1 21 4 2 3.12 1.30
2011 32 MAJ TOR 53 0 0 52.0 56 28 11 36 14 5 4 11 5 4 4.85 1.35
2012 33 MAJ NYM 73 0 0 57.7 45 23 7 42 12 3 7 4 4 16 3.59 0.99
2013 34 AAA NOR 10 0 0 9.1 9 3 2 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 2.89 1.43
2013 34 MAJ MIA 15 0 0 16.7 23 14 1 15 7 1 2 0 0 1 7.56 1.80
3-Year Averages     47 0 0 42.1 41 21 6 31 11 3 4 5 3 7 4.49 1.23
Career  (View All)     556 11 0 595.0 559 258 70 475 179 43 40 62 3.90 1.24

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Jon Rauch Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201336259211.310
20129411722513.262

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20134413214100.341
201213931523604.176

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20139.312010415.791.82
201232.035225564.221.13

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20137.30005309.821.77
201225.702217712.810.82
Jon Rauch Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 25 AAA EDM 3 3 18.0 6.50 1.00 6.50 1.50 62.5% 4.50 4.26 .270
2004 25 AAA CHA 14 13 72.3 7.59 3.11 2.44 1.12 78.1% 3.11 4.21 .251
2005 26 AAA NEW 7 5 21.3 10.55 0.84 12.50 1.27 83.3% 2.53 2.97 .313
2005 26 MAJ WAS 15 1 30.0 6.90 3.30 2.09 0.90 71.9% 3.60 4.10 .254
2006 27 MAJ WAS 85 0 91.3 8.47 3.55 2.39 1.28 0.49 79.2% 3.35 4.39 .275
2007 28 MAJ WAS 88 0 87.3 7.32 2.16 3.38 0.72 0.63 68.5% 3.61 3.36 .280
2008 29 MAJ ARI 26 0 23.3 8.49 3.47 2.44 2.31 0.59 63.3% 92.0 MPH 6.56 5.85 .324
2008 29 MAJ WAS 48 0 48.3 8.19 1.30 6.29 0.93 0.59 75% 92.0 MPH 2.98 3.17 .286
2008  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ ARI/WAS 74 0 71.7 8.29 2.01 4.13 1.38 0.59 70.3% 92.0 MPH 4.14 4.05 .299
2009 30 MAJ ARI 58 0 54.3 5.80 2.82 2.06 0.83 0.88 71% 91.3 MPH 4.14 4.08 .305
2009 30 MAJ MIN 17 0 15.7 8.04 3.45 2.33 0.57 0.88 88.9% 91.3 MPH 1.72 3.43 .284
2009  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ ARI/MIN 75 0 70.0 6.30 2.96 2.13 0.77 0.88 74.7% 91.3 MPH 3.60 3.93 .301
2010 31 MAJ MIN 59 0 57.7 7.18 2.18 3.29 0.47 0.92 76.4% 90.9 MPH 3.12 3.06 .332
2011 32 MAJ TOR 53 0 52.0 6.23 2.42 2.57 1.90 0.75 71.2% 89.5 MPH 4.85 5.43 .289
2012 33 MAJ NYM 73 0 57.7 6.55 1.87 3.50 1.09 0.81 68% 90.8 MPH 3.59 4.00 .240
2013 34 AAA NOR 10 0 9.1 9.89 3.96 2.50 1.98 90.9% 2.89 5.18 .309
2013 34 MAJ MIA 15 0 16.7 8.10 3.78 2.14 0.54 1.53 55.2% 90.4 MPH 7.56 3.62 .407
3-Year Averages     47 0 42.1 6.63 2.35 2.82 1.28 67.4% 4.49 4.36 .285
Career     556 11 595.0 7.18 2.71 2.65 1.06 71.9% 3.90 4.07 .289

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Jon Rauch: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Rauch agreed to a minor league contract with the Royals on Thursday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

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Rauch opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubato of MASN Baltimore reports.

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Rauch pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, MASN Sports reports.

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Rauch signed with the Orioles on Saturday and will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.

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Rauch was released by the Marlins on Wednesday.

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Rauch was designated for assignment Friday, according to Joe Frisario of MLB.com.

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Rauch took the loss Sunday versus the Phillies after allowing a pinch-hit solo home run to Laynce Nix in the ninth inning.

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Rauch signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Marlins on Tuesday, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports.

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Rauch gave up a two-run blast to Garrett Jones in the ninth inning Tuesday as the Mets lost to the Pirates, 10-6.

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Rauch had to relieve Frank Francisco in the ninth inning of Thursday's win at Cincinnati. He ended up grabbing a one-out save.

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Rauch replaced an innefective Frank Francisco with two on and two out and struck out Jason Heyward to notch the save in the Mets' 6-5 win over the Braves on Sunday.

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2014

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2013

Once hailed as a top prospect and later as a potential closer, Rauch has seen his ability to miss bats erode in recent seasons and 2012 was no exception as that number fell to 6.6 K/9. Fortunately, he cut back on the home runs allowed (from 11 in 2011 to seven last season) and limited the damage of walks, which have occasionally wreaked havoc on his effectiveness. Although he is 34, Rauch should have little difficulty finding work, and possibly emerging as part of a bridge to the ninth inning with a setup role somewhere in 2013, while his flyball tendencies would be better suited for use in a pitcher-friendly home park.

2012

Rauch was in and out of the closer role in his first season as a Jay, recording 11 saves in his 53 relief appearances. He was pretty ineffective in the season's second half, a trend that likely factored in Toronto's decision to decline their $3.75 million contract option. The Mets inked him, along with Frank Francisco, to a contract in the offseason and while he should enjoy the friendlier confines of the NL East and Citi Field, he'll likely start the season behind Francisco in the pecking order for saves.

2011

Rauch served as Minnesota's closer last season after Joe Nathan was lost to an elbow injury and started strong with a 1.69 ERA, converting 10-of-11 save chances in his first 15 games. He then declined slightly with a 4.03 ERA and 15:7 K:BB ratio in 22.1 innings while converting 11-of-14 save chances in his next 19 games. As a result, but still surprisingly, the Twins demoted him to a setup role after acquiring Matt Capps. Rauch thrived in a setup role the final two months with a 3.26 ERA and 19:5 K:BB ratio in 19.1 innings. He has a good, but not overpowering, strikeout rate (7.2 K/9IP last season) with good control. Home runs allowed have been a problem, but he kept the ball in the park during his tenure in Minnesota (just four homers allowed with the Twins). He should be a key member of a bullpen, and his success closing games with the Twins should put him in the closer mix if an opportunity strikes.

2010

Rauch started slowly last season with a 5.96 ERA and just a 16:11 K:BB ratio through the first two months and languished in low-leverage situations for Arizona. But he improved in the second half and thrived once traded to Minnesota in August. He struck out more than eight batters per nine innings with Minnesota. Rausch has always had strong strikeout rates with good control, but gives up a few too many home runs. He'll serve as Joe Nathan's primary setup man and should get a good number of holds as long as he keeps the ball in the park.

2009

Rauch struggled with the D-Backs after being acquired from Washington in exchange for Emilio Bonifacio in July, positing a 6.56 ERA and 1.543 WHIP in 26 appearances with Arizona. Prior to moving out west, Rauch was excellent as the closer in Washington, but he didn't provide the expected stability in the back of the Arizona bullpen down the stretch. Even when Brandon Lyon lost the ninth-inning role late in 2008, Rauch yielded the opportunity to close to Chad Qualls. The D-Backs have already exercised their 2010 option on Rauch. His poor performance after the All-Star break may have been due to a bout of forearm stiffness that surfaced in late August, so don't write him off as a key set-up man -- or potential closer -- for Arizona in 2009.

2008

Rauch had the best season of his career in 2007, leading the Nationals (rather embarrassingly for them) in wins with eight and drastically reducing his walk rate. He pitched in 85 or more games for the second straight year, however, and given the shoulder issues he battled when coming up through the White Sox system the workload is a serious concern. If Chad Cordero gets traded this offseason Rauch will enter 2008 as Washington's closer, but be very wary about paying top dollar for him.

2007

Frank Robinson worked Rauch almost to death in 2006, sending him out to the mound 85 times despite his long and checkered injury history. You can't really blame Robinson, since Rauch was one of the few pitchers he had who stayed healthy and effective pretty much all year, but nonetheless the totals are a bit alarming for anyone hoping to get some value out of Rauch this season. If his arm holds up he should be Chad Cordero's main set-up man once again, and could even slide into the closer's role if the trade rumors around Cordero pan out, but hopefully new manager Manny Acta can keep his workload down to a more reasonable level.

2006

Rauch showed flashes of ability, but another labrum tear resulted in another lost season. At this point he's a complete crap shoot -- if he can stay healthy he could be a steal, but he could also not pitch an inning.

2005

White Sox GM Kenny Williams' vendetta against Rauch is going to cost him dearly, as the youngster gave plenty of indications that his shoulder is finally 100%. His ceiling might be a bit lower than it was before the labrum injury, but he could still emerge as the Nats #2 or #3 starter if things fall right.

2004

Rauch spent the whole year at Triple-A trying to regain his form, but he never quite found it. Kris Honel and Neal Cotts are the new golden arms in the White Sox system; Rauch will likely compete for a spot at the back of the rotation this spring, but even if he earns it his hold on the job will be tenuous.

2003

With a release point best described using astronomy terms, the 6'11" Rauch doesn't need to throw like Randy Johnson to be tough to hit. He was rushed to the majors after losing 2001 to shoulder surgery, and predictably struggled, but the beating he took in April didn't seem to derail his confidence, and by the end of the year he looked like a future ace again. He should open the year in the Sox rotation, and be a Rookie of the Year candidate.