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Full Name: Bronson Anthony Arroyo Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 5"/180 First Game: June 12, 2000
Birthdate: February 24, 1977 MLB Experience: 7 years
Birthplace: Key West, Florida
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Bronson Anthony Arroyo [ah-ROY-yoh] (born February 24, 1977 in Key West, Florida), is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and a rock musician. He has previously played for the Boston Red Sox from 2003 to 2005, and the Pittsburgh Pirates between 2000 and 2002.

As of January 2, 2007, Arroyo has compiled a 47-44 record with 551 strikeouts and a 4.21 Earned Run Average in 829 innings pitched in seven seasons. He has one career save. Arroyo's fastball is in the 87–92 miles-per-hour range. While it's considered average among major league pitchers, it has excellent movement and Arroyo is adept at "spotting" it. He also throws a hard slider that moves away from right-handed batters, and a straight changeup as well. Arroyo's best pitch is his curveball. He throws the pitch from multiple arm angles and is known to throw it in any count. The angle of the curveball itself can vary from a straight 12-6 to a sweeping 1-7. Arroyo's delivery is somewhat unique; he incorporates a leg kick in his pitching motion, extending his front leg completely straight and lifting it up to a level above his waist before delivering the ball. His kick often appears to reach head level and deceives hitters with its exaggerated motion. From the set position, his leg-kick is much less pronounced and his delivery to home plate is very quick by major league standards. As a result, Arroyo is one of the better pitchers at holding runners on base.

Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1995 draft, Arroyo made his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2000. He came to the Boston Red Sox after being selected off waivers before the 2003 season. Arroyo improved in 2004, while jumping from middle relief to starting, to strengthen his role as the Red Sox No. 5 starter. He compiled a 10-9 mark with a 4.03 ERA in 178.2 innings, while posting a very respectable 3.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio (142-to-47). His most productive season came in 2005, when he posted career-highs in wins (14), starts (32), innings (205.1) and pitching appearances (35). He also excelled at holding runners, as he only gave up five stolen bases.

Before the 2006 season, Arroyo signed a three year $11.2 million contract with the Red Sox. Arroyo said the deal was a "hometown discount" and agreed to the terms against the advice of his agent. Arroyo was later traded during spring training of the 2006 season for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Wily Mo Peña. [1]

The year 2006 was a high point in Arroyo's career. Highlights of the season included a major-league leading 3,852 pitches, league-leading 240 2/3 innings pitched, his first selection to an All-Star game, as well as his first career shutout in the major leagues.

In February 2007, Arroyo signed a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds which will keep him with the organization through the 2010 season, with an option for the year 2011.

Most people believe that Bronson Arroyo's best season was 2006, when he posted a 3.29 ERA, won 14 games and struck out 184 batters.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2000 PIT N 20 12 2 6 6.40 50 61 51 0 0 0 71.2 88 10 36 6 3 4
2001 PIT N 24 13 5 7 5.09 39 54 50 1 0 0 88.1 99 12 34 6 4 4
2002 PIT N 9 4 2 1 4.00 22 14 12 0 0 0 27 30 1 15 3 0 0
2003 BOS A 6 0 0 0 2.08 14 5 4 0 0 1 17.1 10 0 4 2 0 1
2004 BOS A 32 29 10 9 4.03 142 99 80 0 0 0 178.2 171 17 47 3 5 20
2005 BOS A 35 32 14 10 4.51 100 116 103 0 0 0 205.1 213 22 54 3 5 14
2006 CIN N 35 35 14 11 3.29 184 98 88 3 1 0 240.2 222 31 64 7 6 5
Total NL 88 64 23 25 4.23 295 227 201 4 1 0 427.2 439 54 149 22 13 13
Total AL 73 61 24 19 4.19 256 220 187 0 0 1 401.1 394 39 105 8 10 35
Total 161 125 47 44 4.21 551 447 388 4 1 1 829 833 93 254 30 23 48

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2000 PIT N P 20 12 71.2 3 5 1 0 0 1 5 3 0 .889
2001 PIT N P 24 13 88.1 3 15 2 1 0 0 4 2 0 .900
2002 PIT N P 9 4 27 3 7 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1.000
2003 BOS A P 6 0 17.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 BOS A P 32 29 178.2 24 16 2 2 0 1 4 5 0 .952
2005 BOS A P 35 32 205.1 21 21 2 1 0 2 4 3 1 .955
2006 CIN N P 35 35 240.2 29 33 0 4 0 0 5 5 0 1.000
Total P 161 125 829 85 97 7 8 0 5 24 18 1 .963

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2000 PIT N 21 21 2 3 0 0 .143 .143 .238 2 0 0 10 0 2 0 0 0
2001 PIT N 24 21 0 1 0 1 .048 .087 .048 0 0 1 16 0 0 0 0 0
2002 PIT N 9 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2003 BOS A 6 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 BOS A 32 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
2005 BOS A 35 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2006 CIN N 35 81 5 9 2 6 .111 .143 .222 3 0 3 31 0 10 0 0 1
Total NL 89 129 7 13 2 7 .101 .127 .186 5 0 4 58 0 12 0 0 1
Total AL 73 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
Total 162 136 7 13 2 7 .096 .121 .176 5 0 4 64 0 13 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1995 - signed June 1, 1995).
  • Claimed on waivers by Boston Red Sox from Pittsburgh Pirates (February 4, 2003).
  • Traded by Boston Red Sox with cash to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Wily Mo Pena (March 20, 2006).

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