Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Pirates had a total of six saves as a team in 2020 and Rodriguez earned four of them. He was not the first choice -- first-year manager Derek Shelton tried Nick Burdi while waiting for Keone Kela, who ended up making just three appearances for the club. Rodriguez picked up his first save of the season Aug. 23 and converted all but one of his chances after stepping into the ninth-inning role, with a stellar 16:2 K:BB over 9.2 scoreless innings in September. The right-hander is not a flamethrower by any means, averaging just 93 mph with his four-seam fastball, but he gets good spin on the pitch, and his slider is a major weapon later in counts. While Rodriguez is already entering his age-30 season, he is still under team control for several seasons. Expect Pittsburgh to trade Rodriguez before he gets too pricey in arbitration; it may or may not be this year. In the meantime, he should get saves. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#209
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$Signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2021. Traded to the Braves in July of 2021.
Activated by Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
July 31, 2021
Rodriguez was added to Atlanta's 26-man roster ahead of Saturday's game against the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
The righty reliever was acquired from the Pirates at Friday's deadline and now joins his new squad. Rodriguez posted a 2.82 ERA and converted 14 of 17 save opportunities for Pittsburgh this season, but he doesn't figure to see nearly as many save chances moving forward with lefty Will Smith already established in the role for Atlanta.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Richard Rodriguez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Richard Rodriguez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-43%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .227 276 67 18 57 7 1 15
Since 2019vs Right .211 325 68 19 64 6 0 9
2021vs Left .196 107 22 4 20 4 1 5
2021vs Right .195 119 18 5 22 3 0 2
2020vs Left .125 46 18 3 5 0 0 2
2020vs Right .220 44 14 2 9 1 0 1
2019vs Left .294 123 27 11 32 3 0 8
2019vs Right .221 162 36 12 33 2 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-6%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-72%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-85%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.08 1.09 84.2 7 6 10 8.9 2.2 1.4
Since 2019Away 3.29 1.06 63.0 4 5 9 7.6 2.3 1.6
2021Home 3.93 1.05 34.1 2 4 6 5.5 1.3 1.8
2021Away 1.09 0.61 24.2 2 0 8 6.9 1.5 0.0
2020Home 1.06 0.47 17.0 3 1 3 14.3 1.1 0.5
2020Away 7.11 1.89 6.1 0 1 1 9.9 4.3 2.8
2019Home 3.24 1.44 33.1 2 1 1 9.7 3.8 1.4
2019Away 4.22 1.25 32.0 2 4 0 7.6 2.5 2.5
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Stat Review
How does Richard Rodriguez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.44
 
K/9
6.1
 
BB/9
1.4
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
2.75
 
WHIP
0.86
 
BABIP
.217
 
GB/FB
0.64
 
Left On Base
80.1%
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.4%
 
Spin Rate
2427 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Rodriguez took a step back last season after a breakthrough 2018 campaign, experiencing across-the-board regression in nearly every standard and advanced pitching metric. Most distressing was a dramatic drop in his strikeout rate from 31.5% in 2018 to 22.1% last season. There's little to explain the sudden decline as both his velocity and pitch usage remained relatively constant. Rodriguez did show some improvement following a demotion to the minors in mid-May, but the strikeout numbers never quite returned even during a dominant stretch in June and July in which he gave up only one earned run in 24.2 innings. Despite the disappointing season, Rodriguez led Pittsburgh in appearances (72) and holds (16) and figures to play a prominent role in the team's plans this season. He may have some fantasy value in holds leagues, but only if he's able to rediscover the form that first put him on the radar in 2018.
Rodriguez is one of the best kept secrets in the major leagues. A career minor-leaguer before getting a cup of coffee with Baltimore in 2017, Rodriguez broke out last season with Pittsburgh, boasting a sparkling 2.47 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 88 strikeouts in 69.1 innings, accruing 15 holds. Considering he didn't record his first hold until June 6, Rodriguez has a chance to post well over 20 this season. Curiously, eight of the 19 runs Rodriguez allowed came in a three-week stretch a little after the All-Star break. Rodriguez throws a 93-mph fastball three quarters of the time, spotting it effectively, generating a 14.9 SwStr%. He complements his heater with an 81-mph slider, inducing a 16.4 SwStr%. Rodriguez will battle Keona Kela for eighth-inning duties, both setting up Felipe Vazquez.
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Acquired by Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
July 30, 2021
Rodriguez was sent from Pittsburgh to Atlanta in exchange for Bryse Wilson and Ricky DeVito on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Yields run in save
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 23, 2021
Rodriguez allowed a run on a hit and a walk in the ninth inning of Friday's win over the Giants. He struck out two and earned a save.
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Blows save, takes loss
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 18, 2021
Rodriguez (4-2) took the loss Sunday versus the Mets. He allowed two runs on two hits and struck out one in one inning while blowing a save chance.
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Converts 13th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 16, 2021
Rodriguez allowed a walk and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 4-1 win over the Mets.
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Locks down 12th save
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 11, 2021
Rodriguez allowed one hit in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Mets.
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