Full name JEFRY OSVALDO RODRIGUEZ (Aquino)...Single...Grew up playing shortstop until he was 18 years old, having never stepped on a mound in his life prior...Pitched for one month and was signed by the Nationals...Favorite athlete growing up was Félix Hernández...Hang out with friends and cook with friends are his hobbies...Favorite dishes to cook San Cocho and slow cooked goat.
Split the 2018 season between Double-A Harrisburg, Triple-A Syracuse and the Major League club, going a combined 7-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 19 Minor League starts (100.2IP, 87H, 38ER, 43BB, 102SO, .234 avg)...Over his six stints with the Nationals, the native of the Dominican Republic posted a mark of 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 14 games/8 starts (52.0IP, 43H, 33ER, 37BB, 39SO), limiting Major League batters to a .228 average against...Over his six big league relief outings he posted an ERA of 2.70 (4ER/13.1IP, .159 avg)...Was rated in July as the eighth-best prospect in the Nationals system according to Baseball America...Made his Major League debut on June 3 at Atlanta...Tossed 4.2 innings in relief, allowing no runs on four hits with three strikeouts after Jeremy Hellickson left with a hamstring strain in the first inning...In three starts between 8/7 and 8/26 he pitched to a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP)...Enjoyed a pair of 4.2 inning shutout relief outings (also Sept. 15 at Atlanta)...Picked up first MLB win on Aug. 7 vs. Atlanta in a "26th-man" spot-starting assignment (game 1, 5.0IP, 3H, 1R/ER, 1BB, 3SO)...Picked up season/career-high seven strikeouts on Sept. 8 vs. Chicago-NL (game 2)...Was on the Major League roster from Aug. 18 until the end of the season...On the year at the Minor League level lefties hit just .214 (36-for-168, 1 HR) off him...Over his last three Triple-A starts he allowed just one earned run over 17.2 IP and struck out season-high 11 in 6.0 IP on Aug.12 vs. Gwinnett.
Went 4-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) for Single-A Potomac... Left-handed batters hit just .175 with a .283 on-base percentage and a .213 slugging percentage against him (14-for-80, 3 2B, 23 SO)...Finished the season strong, posting a 2.81 ERA (5 ER/16.0 IP) with a .196 opponent batting average (10-for-51) in his final five games/three starts...Improved his WHIP (1.11), hits per 9.0 IP (6.9), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (8.1), walks per 9.0 IP (3.0) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.68) during the 2017 season as compared to 2016, with all numbers proving better than his career numbers.
Made a career-high 25 starts and recorded a career-high seven wins for Single-A Hagerstown.
Went 4-10 with a 5.42 ERA in a then career-high 23 starts between Single-A Hagerstown and short-season Single-A Auburn.
Made just seven starts between Single-A Hagerstown and short-season Single-A Auburn.
His 2.45 ERA for the GCL Nationals was third-best among qualified Nationals Minor Leaguers.
Posted a 2.93 ERA in his first professional season.