RHP Richard Rodriguez Performing Well Out of Norfolk Tides Bullpen

We have seen a number of pitchers journey up and down the Norfolk shuttle the entire season, but one arm that we haven't seen is a bit of a surprise. Right-handed reliever Richard Rodriguez continues to pitch well for Norfolk Tides out of the bullpen.

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I'm surprised simply because there have been a number of times the Orioles desperately needed someone, anyone, to get batters out effectively, and Rodriguez does that.

Rodriguez, 27, is in his third year in the Orioles' organization and he has pitched extremely well every year he's been here.

This season, Rodriguez has appeared in 26 games for the Tides and is 4-3 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 51 total innings pitched.

In addition, he has struck out 52 batters while walking just 14 and giving up three home runs.

If there is one thing that stands out as to why Rodriguez may not have headed north just yet, it's likely due to the fact that he is predominantly a fly ball pitcher. And while that may be ok at Harbor Park, it's not the best thing for Camden Yards.\Rodriguez records about four ground outs for every 10 "air outs".

His performance this season should not be all that surprising when you look at how well he performed last year for the Tides as well. In 2016, he went 6-2 with a 2.53 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 48 appearances and 81.2 innings pitched.

The Orioles bullpen has stabilized a bit with some guys returning from injury, but should Rodriguez continue to pitch well, it's only a matter of time before he gets a chance to make his big league debut.


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