Richard Agustin Rodríguez…Enjoys fishing and cooking in his spare time…Lists Pedro Martinez as his favorite player growing up...Grew up on his family's farm in the Dominican Republic.
Led all National League rookie relief pitchers in strikeouts and ranked third among all Major League rookie relievers behind Tampa Bay's Ryan Yarbrough (106) and LAA's Noe Ramirez (93)...Set the club record for most strikeouts by a rookie relief pitcher (was 84 by Blas Minor in 1993)...Tied for fourth among all N.L. relief pitchers in strikeouts...Held left-handed hitters to a .155 batting average (18-for-116) and just three extra-base hits...Was scored upon just once in his final 19 appearances, dating back to 8/16 (19.2ip/1er - 0.46 ERA)...Posted a 1.83 ERA (19.2ip/4er) in his 22 games pitching in the seventh inning... Produced a 1.88 ERA (28.2ip/6er) in 30 games against teams from the N.L. Central division...Led the Pittsburgh staff with 11 wild pitches and tied for second in the league in that department...Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he made two scoreless outings (5.0ip/1h/2bb/9so)... Was selected by Pittsburgh on 4/13 and made debut with the Pirates on 4/17 vs. Colorado (1.0ip/0r)...Struck out a career-high six batters in 2.2ip on 4/19 at Philadelphia... Suffered loss in the 11th inning on 4/22 at Philadelphia... Had his first career plate appearance on 5/1 at Washington and struck out...Matched his career and season-high with six strikeouts in 2.0ip on 5/6 at Milwaukee; also struck out in his second plate appearance...Had 21 K's in his first 11.1 innings of work after his first eight appearances...Picked up his first Major League win on 5/9 at Chicago (AL)...Was placed on the 10-day D.L. on 6/8 (retro to 6/7) with right shoulder inflammation...Threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on 6/16 at PNC Park...Was reinstated from the D.L. on 6/18...Pitched a career-high 3.0 innings and struck out five batters on 6/23 vs. Arizona...Made 17 consecutive scoreless appearances (18.0ip/30so) between 8/16 and 9/24...Went hitless in two at bats.
Spent entire season with Norfolk (Orioles' AAA) while also seeing first big league action as a September callup... Led the Tides in appearances while also finishing second on the club in saves...Ranked fourth among International League relievers in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings pitched (9.49) and fifth in fewest walks per 9.0ip (2.00)...Also tied for sixth on the circuit in saves while converting 10 of his 12 opportunities... Made each of his first 12 appearances in relief before making only start on 5/20 vs. Charlotte (3.1ip/3h/6r/5er)...Posted a 1.40 ERA (38.2ip/6er) in his last 27 appearances beginning in June...Recorded each of his 10 saves between 7/1 and 8/30... Had contract selected by Baltimore on 9/1...Made four of his five appearances against the Yankees...Made Major League debut on 9/2 vs. Toronto (1.0ip/3h/4r)...Made final appearance on 9/16 before being designated for assignment on 9/17...Played for Aguilas Cibaenas during the Dominican Winter League.
Among qualifying International League relievers, ranked frst in fewest baserunners (9.54) per 9.0 IP, and second in lowest batting average against (.201) and fewest walks (2.18) per 9.0 IP... On 6/17 vs. Durham, made his frst start since 2012... In 11 July games, went 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA (3 ER/16.1 IP) and 24 strikeouts...In Game 2 of a doubleheader vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre on 8/15, recorded a season-high fve strikeouts over a season-high 3.2 scoreless innings...Combining his starts and relief appearances, held right-handed hitters to a .221 clip (40-for-181) and left-handed hitters to a .208 batting average (25-for-120)...Opponents hit .194 (14-for-72) with RISP