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White Sox sign reliever Henry Rodriguez to a minor league contract

Jun 13, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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The White Sox have signed reliever Henry Rodriguez to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports. Rodriguez was released by the Marlins on Thursday after walking five batters and allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings over two appearances in the major leagues. He had posted a 4.26 ERA with a 41/38 K/BB ratio in 25 1/3 innings with Triple-A New Orleans.

Rodriguez, 27, has been well-traveled, having spent time with the Athletics, Nationals, Cubs, and Marlins. He has flashed good swing-and-miss stuff thanks to a fastball that sits in the mid-to-high 90’s, but has never been able to harness his control. In 150 1/3 career innings at the big league level, Rodriguez has walked 107.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    As I recall, with the Nats, when he was on, he was fearsome, but when he wasn’t… yipes.

    • shawndc04 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Absolutely correct. I saw him a number of times at Nationals Park He has a 100 mph fastball and a devastating slider. He just can’t control them with any consistency.

  2. chad10 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Boy I wish I could throw 100 mph.

  3. section138 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    As the other Nats fans mentioned above, when he was on, he was unhittable:
    [mlbvideo id="19647645" width="400" height="224" /]
    We he was off, though, the cathcer’s glove was unhittable for him:

    http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2013/04/28/46073562/henry-rodriguez-almost-got-hit-in-the-head-by-his-own-wild-pitch

    • section138 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Well, I’m clearly as good at posting videos an MPHRod was at being consistent. Try 2:

      http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2013/04/28/46073562/henry-rodriguez-almost-got-hit-in-the-head-by-his-own-wild-pitch

      • section138 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        GOD DAMMIT. Here’s the link to his unhittable video:

        http://m.mlb.com/video/v19647645/?query=henry%2Brodriguez%2B2011

        I quit hardballtalk commenting as of now, by the way.

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