Rodrigo Richard Barajas...Married to Stacie...has 7 children: Andrew, Bryce, Rod
Jr., Jace, Aunalilia, Aubrielle and Starlette...Attended Cerritos Junior College in Norwalk, Calif...Is a 1993 graduate of Sante Fe (Calif.) High School
Played in 104 games with Pittsburgh and hit .206 (66-for-
321) with 11 home runs and 31 RBI...Made 99 starts at catcher and 1 at first base...10 of his 11 home runs came vs. right-handers...Batted .302 (19-for-63) with 4 home runs in May
Spent full season with Los Angeles (NL)...Ranked second on the club in home runs and slugging percentage...Tied
for third among National League catchers in home runs...Led club with 88 games (85 starts) behind the plate and posted a 3.56 catchers'
ERA, which was the third-lowest mark among N.L. qualifiers...Hit 13 of his 16 home runs on the road...Hit .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles,
two homers and four RBI during season-high six-game hitting streak from 4/27 thru 5/6...Homered five times and knocked in 11 runs in
his first 22 games thru 4/27...Missed 20 games while spending time on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle from 6/19 to
7/14...Went 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer and two RBI in four rehab games with Rancho Cucamonga from 7/7-10...Ranked eighth in the
league with a .357 average (20-for-56) during the month of August and ranked second with a .750 slugging percentage, trailing only San
Diego's Nick Hundley (.759)...Homered twice on 8/23 at St. Louis - his 11th career two-homer game.
Was acquired by the Dodgers via a waiver claim from the New York Mets on Aug. 22 ... Finished strong with Los Angeles, hitting .297 with five homers, 13 RBI and a .578 slugging percentage in just
25 games....hit .225 with 12 homers, 11 doubles and 34 RBI in 249 at-bats for New York ... Overall, hit .240 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 99 games with the Mets and Dodgers ... Hit .348 (8-for-23) with three homers and six RBI in the month of August...hit .304 with six homers in May ... Went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run in his first game as a Dodger on Aug. 24 at Milwaukee...
became the first Dodger to record three extra-base hits in his very first game with the club...the Southern
California native also homered in his first game at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 30 vs. Philadelphia...also collected
three hits as a Dodger on Sept. 10 at Houston
... Belted the first-ever walk-off home run at Citi Field on May 7 ... His 17 home runs as a catcher tied for second in the NL and fourth in the Major Leagues...trailed just John
Buck, Victor Martinez and Brian McCann, who all had 20 or more.
In his second season with the Blue Jays, set career highs in games (125), at-bats (429) and RBI (71) ... Hit 19 home runs, the second-highest total of his career and third-highest total on the club in 2009 ...Hit seven home runs in August to match a career high for home runs in a month (June 2004 and September
2006) ... Batted .285 over the season's first two months with 12 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI ... Came off the bench to pinch-hit on June 18 at Philadelphia and hit a game-winning home run in the ninth to
break a 7-7 tie ... On Aug. 26 vs. Tampa Bay, hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning in an eventual 3-2 win ... Hit his fourth career grand slam on Aug. 24th vs. Tampa Bay off Jeff Niemann ... Registered his sixth and seventh multi-home run games of his career on April 22 vs. Texas and Aug. 31 at
Texas...his five RBI on Aug. 31 tied a career high, done once previously ... Threw out 29.3% of potential base stealers and has now thrown out 29% over the course of his career ... Played with Mexico in the World Baseball Classic...appeared in two games, batting .500 (3-6) with two walks,
contributing to a Team Mexico second-round appearance.
Appeared in 104 games this season & batted
.249 with 23 doubles, 11 home runs & 49 RBI... THE
LONG BALL: The 11 home runs were his most since hitting
11 in 2006 with the Rangers... Played 98 games at the
catcher's position & batted .252 with 10 home runs & 48 RBI
in those contests... The 10 home runs & 48 RBI were the
most by a Toronto catcher since Bengie Molina hit 17 HR &
drove in 50 in the 2006 season... The 10-HR ranked 6th
among AL catchers this season... MAY FLOWERS: Had
his best month offensively in the month of May where he batted
.370 (20-54) with three home runs & 13 RBI in 17
games... The .370 batting average led the AL in May... A
GRAND TIME: On May 1 at PHI collected a career high five
RBI after posting his 5th career two-HR game... In the 2nd
inning, belted his 3rd career grand slam (off Eaton) & 1st
since May 25, 2006 in CLE... The only other Blue Jay catchers
with two HR & five RBI in a single game were Ernie Whitt
(3X), Greg Myers (1X) & Gregg Zaun (1X)... SEASON
HIGH'S: Had a season high 10-game hit streak from May
3-25 & batted .438 (14-32) over that span... Had a season
high three hits, all for doubles, on May 29 at OAK... The
three doubles matched his career high (2nd time, last on
July 20, 2005 vs. CWS)... BEHIND THE PLATE: Led all AL
catchers with a 3.32 ERA (290ER/785.1) & ranked 4th with
17 runners caught stealing (28.8%)... Ranked 4th in the AL
among catchers with a .994 fielding %... In his 90 starts as
catcher, the Jays posted a record of 54-36.
Appeared in 48 games, batting .230 with
eight doubles, four home runs and drove in 10 runs...Recorded
his 100th career double on Apr. 28 vs. FLA...ON
THE SHELF: Was placed on the 15-day disabled list (right
groin strain) on Aug. 3...Appeared in eight games of a
rehab assignment with Lakewood (A) and Reading
(AA)...Was activated on Sept. 1...Hit a walk-off single in the
14th inning of a contest vs. the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept.
18 as a pinch hitter...BEHIND THE DISH: Made 37 starts at
the catcher's position...Threw out 33.3% of attempted base
Had the 6th-best HR/AB ratio among AL catchers
(30.82 AB/HR), ranking ahead of CWS' A.J. Pierzynski
(31.19), CLE's Victor Martinez (32.53), MIN's Joe Mauer
(38.08) and DET's Ivan Rodriguez (41.58)... Hit .326 (14-43)
in Interleague play... Slugged his 2nd career grand slam,
May 26 vs. OAK (Brad Halsey)... Batted a career
monthly-best .358 (24-67) in June... Sidelined most of the final
month of the season with back spasms, starting only five
of TEX' final 27 games... Started 94 games at catcher and
one at 1st base, his first career start there, Oct. 1 at SEA...
Threw out 15 of 53 attempted basestealers (28.3%)... TEX
went 48-46 (.511) in his starts, 17 points higher than their final
season winning % of .494 (80-82).
Established career highs in games (120), AB (410),
runs (53), hits (104), walks (26), HR (21) and RBI (60)... Finished
2nd among MLB catchers in HR (Jason Varitek - 22)
and T-5th in RBI... Batted .370 (17-46), four HR, eight RBI in
14 Interleague games... Homered in consecutive games
three times... Homered in three straight games, Aug.
31-Sept. 2, including back-to-back multi-HR games, Sept.
1-2 at KC... Became the 6th player in TEX history to hit two
HR in back-to-back games... Hit his 1st career grand slam,
Apr. 20 at TB (John Webb)... Threw out 21 of 65 potential
basestealers (32.3%)... Left two games early: June 26 at
HOU (strained intercostal muscle in his ribcage) and July 6
vs. BOS (after being struck on his right hand by a foul tip).
Was a non-roster invitee to spring training...Hit .303
(23-76), seven HR, 20 RBI in his first 22 games... Had a career-
high 12-game hitting streak, June 12-28... Had a career-
high three doubles, July 20 vs. CWS to match a club
record...Finished 6th among AL catchers inHR...Homered
in three straight games, June 19-22...Had his first two
multi-HR games, June 1 at CLE and June 24 vs. SEA...Threw out 16 of 42 potential base stealers (38.1%)... Took
over as the everyday catcher after Gerald Laird injured his
thumb on May 20... Started 21 consecutive games, Sept.
4-26... Slugged a walk-off solo HR, May 22 vs. NYY (Tom
Gordon)...Missed two games each in June and September
with back soreness and a sprained thumb.
Started three of Arizona's first five games before sustaining
a strained left hamstring, Apr. 6 at COL, putting him
on the 15-day DL... Was activated on Apr. 28, following a
four-game rehab assignment with Tucson (AAA)... Batted
safely in his first eight games coming off the DL, including
five straight multi-hit games, Apr. 28-May3...Collected a hit
in seven consecutive at-bats, Apr. 28-May 1, to tie a club record
set by Tony Batista, Apr. 9-10, 1999... With his intentional
walk, May 1, he reached base in eight consecutive
plate appearances, falling one shy of Greg Colbrunn's club
record set in 2000... Went back on the DL on July 7 (retroactive
to July 5) with left wrist tendinitis... Was activated on
July 23 following a rehab stint with Lancaster (A)... Hit .321
(17-53), 24 RBI with RISP... Did not commit an error in 583
TC and threw out 14 of 34 potential base stealers.
Began the season with Arizona... Optioned to Tucson
(AAA) on Aug. 21... Hit .571 (8-14), four doubles, seven
RBI in his last five games of the season, including going
4-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R in his final game, Sept. 28 vs.COL.
2002 POST-SEASON: Appeared in two games of the NLDS
vs. STL, including a start in Game 3 at Busch Stadium...
Homered off Andy Benes.
Made Arizona's Opening Day roster for the first time
after being September call-up in each of the previous two
seasons... Batted .333 (6-18), three HR in his first seven
games... Made 19 starts through June 15... Split the remainder
of the season between ARI and Tucson... Was recalled
for the final time on Aug. 24... Made 21 appearances
at first base for Tucson.
2001 POST-SEASON: Started Game 5 of the World Series,
Nov. 1 at Yankee Stadium, after Damian Miller was
scratched from the lineup with a right calf strain... Went
2-for-5, HR and threw out Alfonso Soriano attempting to
steal 2nd base in the 3rd inning.
Spent the entire season with Tucson and led the
team in HR (13) and RBI (75)... Was recalled in September
and appeared in five games (three starts)...Homered in his
first at bat of the season, a two-run shot off Terry Mulholland,
Sept. 16 vs. ATL.
Played the entire season at El Paso (AA) and finished
with the 3rd-best batting average among all minor league
catchers (.318)... Hit two HR, May 29 vs. Tulsa...Had his
contract purchased on Sept. 18... Made his Major League
debut on Sept. 25 at SF (started at C)...Collected his 1st ML
hit, Sept. 27 vs. COL (Brian Bohanon) and slugged his 1st
HR, Oct. 3 vs. SD (Heath Murray).
Led the ARI organization in HR (23) with High Desert
(A)... Belted three HR, Apr. 7 vs. Lancaster, beginning a
stretch of six HR in six games to earn him California League
Player of the Week honors...Finished 5th in the league in
batting average (.303) and 2nd in home runs.
Appeared in only 57 games for High Desert after
missing the first half of the season with a back injury.
Started the season on loan to OAK's Visalia (A) team
in the California League (Apr. 5-June 16)... Re-joined Arizona
and was assigned to Lethbridge (R).