Christopher Joseph Rodriguez...On Twitter: @realChrisRod...In 2021, participated in virtual Adopt-A-School visits and a virtual visit with the Angels Honorary Bat Girl during Mother’s Day week...Did not appear in a game during 2020 regular season, but was part of Angels Player Pool and practiced at Alternate Training Site in Long Beach...Selected to Angels 40-man roster Nov. 20, 2020...In 2019, was placed on IL following third start of year and missed remainder of season...Underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his back...Also missed entire 2018 season due to a stress reaction in lower back...Was ranked by Baseball America among Angels top 15 prospects each year from 2017-20...Graduated from Monsignor Edward Pace HS (Miami Gardens, FL) in 2016...The school has also produced two-time All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez...Won a state championship during sophomore year of high school at Mater Academy Charter (Hialeah Gardens, FL)...Signed Letter of Intent to attend Jacksonville University but elected to sign with Angels after high school...Originally signed by Angels scout Ralph Reyes.
Made Angels Opening Day roster and made Major League debut April 2 vs. White Sox with 2.0 scoreless innings in relief...First career strikeout victim was first batter faced (Yoan Moncada)...Prior to MLB debut, had not pitched above the High-A level (three games in High-A in 2019)...Registered eight appearances and pitched to a 2.30 ERA (15.2 IP - 4 ER) with 17 strikeouts before being placed on injured list with right shoulder inflammation...Held opponents to a .167 average (9/54) in that span...Made two rehab appearances at Triple-A Salt Lake...Following return from IL, pitched in five games for Angels before being optioned to Double-A Rocket City to join starting rotation...Totaled six minor league starts between Trash Pandas and Bees before returning to Majors...Final start of year came Aug. 10 in Game 1 of doubleheader vs. Blue Jays...Placed on Salt Lake’s injured list Aug. 14 and missed remainder of season...Underwent right capsule repair surgery Oct. 14.
Entered year as Angels No. 5 prospect, according to Baseball America...Did not appear in a game during regular season, but was part of Angels Player Pool and practiced at Alternate Training Site in Long Beach...Selected to Angels 40-man roster, Nov. 20, 2020.
Did not allow a run across three starts (9.1IP) with Adv.-A Inland Empire, and tallied 13 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .188 (6/32) batting average...Placed on injured list following third start of year, April 19 vs. Lake Elsinore and remained on IL for remainder of season...Underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his back...Also missed entire 2018 season due to a stress reaction in lower back.