Ricardo Jose Rodriguez… attended E.T.P. Maracay HS in Venezuela, where he played amateur baseball in Liga Criollitos with Team Osos and Libertad.
Compiled a 6.23 ERA (9 ER/13.0 IP) and 1.615 WHIP over 16 relief appearances with the Rangers, his 1st major league action…began the season with Down East (A+) and made his ML debut with Texas on 8/14…received the organization's Minor League Reliever of the Year award.
TEXAS // Had contract purchased from Frisco (AA) on 8/8 and logged the 3rd-most relief appearances on the staff through the end of the season…retired 5 of 7 batters faced in 1st 2 ML outings, including all 3 BF w/ 2 K on 8/14 vs. Detroit in ML debut…each of next 3 outings would come in the 7th-or-later and the Rangers ahead or down by 3 runs-or-less…picked up 1st career save with a perfect 9th inning on 8/24 at LAA…had a 2.70 ERA (2 ER/6.2 IP) over 1st 7 appearances and then permitted 5 R-ER over 1.0 IP in 1st 2 outings in September…1st career blown save on 9/2 vs. LAA, surrendering 2-out, 2-run HR to C.J. Cron in 9th…compiled a 3.38 ERA (2 ER/5.1 IP) over final 7 appearances…allowed runs in 5 of 16 outings overall.
MINORS // Combined to go 5-1 with 17 saves, 1.34 ERA (7 ER/47.0 IP) in 35 relief appearances with Down East and Frisco, averaging 11.7 SO/9 and 1.9 BB/9…held minor league opponents to a .149/.208/.205/.413 slash line…led all Texas minor leaguers in saves…opened the season with Down East and pitched in an official game for the 1st time since 7/18/15…retired 45 consecutive batters faced from 5/14-6/28…his 12 saves with Down East ranked 2nd in Carolina League at time of promotion to Frisco on 6/29…compiled an 11.1-inning scoreless streak over final 9 appearances with the RoughRiders prior to call up to Texas on 8/11.
Missed entire season following 'Tommy John' ligament transplant surgery on 8/12/15 performed by Dr. Keith Meister.
Limited to 7 relief appearances due to a lengthy stint on the disabled list…opened the season in extended spring training and was promoted to Round Rock on 6/19…made a pair of relief appearances with the Express and was transferred to Hickory on 6/27…was on disabled list, 7/22 through the end of the season, with right biceps tendonitis.
Was 3-4, 2.83 (19 ER/60.1 IP) over 12 starts with Hickory…went 2-1, 3.40 (16 ER/42.1 IP) with one save as a reliever.
Started the season with the DSL Rangers eventually rising to Spokane in his stateside debut…combined to go 0-4 with a 3.09 ERA (11 ER/32.0 IP), 12 saves, and 42 strikeouts against 6 walks over 26 relief appearances with the DSL Rangers, AZL Rangers, and Spokane…opened the season with the DSL Rangers and recorded 4 saves in 6 appearances before promotion to AZL Rangers on June 18…averaged 11.8 SO/9 and 1.7 BB/9 over 13 appearances with the AZL Rangers…converted all 7 save opportunities…promoted to Spokane on Aug. 4…allowed runs in 5 of 7 outings with the Indians...
Led the DSL Rangers1 in appearances (26) and strikeouts (54).
Made pro debut with the DSL Rangers.