Aquilino Roa Lopez...originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 1997 by
Seattle...inked by Mariners' scout Ramon de los Santos.
Finished fourth in the International League with 26 saves
for Triple A Toledo...appeared in 10 games during four
stints with the Tigers...Did not allow a run in his first seven outings with the
Mud Hens, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings before having
his contract purchased by the Tigers from Toledo on April
20...tied for fifth in the International League with four
saves during April...Issued a career-high three walks on April 28 versus
Minnesota...Optioned to Toledo by the Tigers following the game on
May 2 versus Baltimore...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on May 6...Worked the final three innings on May 12 at Minnesota
to earn the save -- his first save at the major league level
since September 24, 2003 versus Tampa Bay...optioned
back to Toledo by the Tigers following the game at
Minnesota...Did not allow a run in eight straight appearances with
the Mud Hens May 29-June 19, tossing 9.1 scoreless
innings...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on June 7 --
appeared in one game with Detroit before being designated
for assignment on June 10...optioned to Toledo by the
Tigers on June 11...Tied for third in the International League with six saves
during July -- posted a 2-2 record and 4.26 ERA
(12.2IP/6ER) in 13 appearances during the month...Recalled by the Tigers from Toledo on August 11 --
appeared in four games with the Tigers before he was
optioned back to Toledo on August 19...Had his contract outrighted by the Tigers to Toledo on
Claimed off waivers from the Rockies and sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Made his Phillies debut on Aug. 26, and struck out three in two innings.
Split time with Triple-A Syracuse and the Blue Jays...went 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games for Toronto
and 1-6 with a 7.17 ERA and five saves for Syracuse...began the season on the big league roster and
appeared in nine games before being sent to Triple-A on April 24...recalled on June 10 and was designated
for assignment on Sept. 19.
Spent the entire season with the Blue Jays ... Led all AL rookie relievers with 72 appearances and was 2nd with 64 strikeouts ... 72 appearances set a new club record for rookies, previous mark was Mark Eichorn with 69 in 1986 ... Also set the club record for appearances by Rule 5 draft pick in their first season ... Previous record was Corey Thurman in 2002 with 43 ... At home posted a 1-0 mark with a 2.38 ERA in 42 appearances ... On the road was 0-3 with a 4.78 mark in 30 games ... Made his ML debut on Apr. 2 vs. NYY (1.1IP) ... Eight of his first nine outings were scoreless (3ER, 8.2IP) ... Apr. 29 fanned a career high five hitters (2.1IP), the most by a Jays reliever during the season ... From May 22-June 18 did not allow an earned run in 19.0 innings of work, 13 outings ... Picked up first ML win and worked a season high 2.2 innings on June 15 vs. the Cubs ... Sept. 23 vs. TB was ejected from the game in the 9th inning after throwing behind the hitter (Crawford) ... When entering a game with runners on base, stranded 37 of 51 inherited runners ... Retired 51 of 72 first batters faced ... Led the Blue Jays staff with 16 holds.
Closing the Door: Led the Blue Jays and was third among AL rookies with 14 saves ... Was 14-16 in save opportunities ... Recorded first career save on June 18 at BAL (2.0IP) ... Recorded a save in three consecutive appearances from Aug. 26-Sept. 5 ... Converted each of his last 12 save opportunities following the All-Star break ... Was 2 for 4 prior to the break ... 12 saves following the break ranked 7th in the AL ... In seven of his 14 saves worked more than an inning ... On five occasions worked 2.0 innings to record the save ... In those outings posted a 0.90 ERA (1ER, 10.0IP).
Strong Finish: After the All-Star break posted a 2.05 ERA in 28 games ... Prior to the break had a 4.18 ERA in 44 games ... Allowed runs in just six of 28 games after the break ... In September had a season best 1.32 ERA (13.2IP).
What the Hitters Thought: Held opponents to a league low .162 batting average (min 150 PA) with runners on base and was 7th among relievers in opponents batting average at .212 ... Left-handed batters hit .250, right-handed hitters batted .186 ... At SkyDome held opponents to a .184 mark, while on the road opponents batted .246 ... Held a opponents to a season low .163 mark in September ... In July opponents batted a season high .279.
With Tacoma (AAA) in the Pacific Coast League pitched in 34 games, 11 starts, was 4-4 with five saves and a 2.39 ERA ... His 2.39 ERA was second-best among Mariners minor leaguers ... Was 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA (17ER, 56.2IP) in 11 starts and 2-1 with five saves and 2.05 ERA (12 ER, 52.2IP) in 23 relief appearances ... Made five consecutive starts from June 27 through July 23 and was 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA (12ER, 26.2IP) ... Struck out 103 in 109.1 innings of work, while walking 27 ... Was 2-0 with a 0.61 ERA (1ER, 14.2IP) in six April games ... In August and September combined to post a 2.13 ERA with four saves in 10 games (25.1IP) ... Recorded four of his five saves in his final eight relief appearances, had one in first 15 relief outings.
Pitched with San Antonio (AA) and was 4-3 with two saves and a 3.02 ERA in 42 games, all in relief ... Was third among Texas League relievers, averaging 11.35 strikeouts per 9.0 IP while his .209 average against was fourth among all minor league relievers (79) ... Had a 1.98 ERA (6ER, 27.1IP) in 20 home appearances ... May 26 vs. Round Rock struck out eight batters in 4.0 innings, but allowed two earned runs and recorded and was charged with a loss ... June 11 at Arkansas worked 3.2 innings of scoreless four-hit ball to record first save of the season ... June 30 vs. Shreveport matched a season high with 4.0 innings of scoreless one-hit ball, retiring 12 of the 13 batters he faced ... Placed on the disabled list from July 13 to Aug. 9 with a right ulna nerve irritation ... Finished the season with a four-game win streak from June 5 through August 30 ... During the win streak also recorded two saves ... Held opponents to a .209 average (48-230), fourth in the league.
At Wisconsin (A) in the Midwest League was 6-1 with 17 saves and a 1.85 ERA ... Was 3-0 with six saves and a 0.84 ERA in 18 home games ... As a starter was 2-0 with one complete game shutout and a 1.69 ERA in five starts ... Tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout vs. Burlington on May 3 before being placed on the disabled list on May 5 with a medial collateral ligament strain ... Returned on May 21 and was moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season ... Had scoreless innings streaks of 13.1 innings (May 23-June 23) and 14.0 innings (June 30-Aug. 8) ... Held opponents to a .193 average (47-243) ... Placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis from Aug. 22-30 ...
Pitched for Everett (A) and was 7-6 in 15 starts and posted a 3.80 ERA ... Led the Northwest League in strikeouts (93) and was fifth among all short-season pitchers ... Struck out 10 or more on three different occasions ... Hurled 6.0 no-hit innings and struck out 10 in a 7-3 win vs. Portland on July 10 ... Limited opponents to a .230 average ...
For a second straight season played with the Mariners Dominican Summer League team and was 5-1 with three saves and a 2.19 ERA in 28 games ...
Pitched in 15 games for the Mariners Domincan Summer League team and was 2-1 with two saves and a 3.10 ERA ...