After being hampered by knee injuries for most of his career, Eduardo Rodriguez enjoyed a breakout season with the Red Sox in 2019.
The 26-year-old lefty finished sixth in the voting for the AL Cy Young Award after posting career bests in wins (19), ERA (3.81), strikeouts (213), innings thrown (203.1) and starts (34). Those 34 starts were the most in the AL, and he finished seventh among big league pitchers with a 6.0 bWAR.
“It was a very important step for me, because for the first time I was able to pitch an entire season,” Rodríguez said, in Spanish, at the 12th annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in Miami. “That was my goal when the season started, [to make] 30 starts and throw more than 200 innings, and I was able to do it. That’s what I’m most proud of.”