Bronson Arroyo

Team Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds
Position Pitcher
Born Feb 24, 1977
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 2006 - present
Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 2003 - 2005
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 2000 - 2002

Bronson Anthony Arroyo is a professional baseball player from the USA and plays as a pitcher. Also a rock musician, Arroyo began his baseball career at the Hernando High School. He graduated from school and was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1995 Amateur Draft. Arroyo played through the minor leagues with the Pirates’ affiliate teams.

Arroyo began with the GCL Pirates where he had a 5 – 4 record with ERA of 4.28. He moved to the Augusta Greenjackets the following year and started all 26 games he played that season. His ERA improved to 3.51 that year in the A-League and soon, Arroyo was on his way to the Advanced A-League with the Lynchburg Hillcats. Again, starting all his 24 games, Arroyo became a major hit as he struck out 121 on his way to a 12 – 4 record with a 3.32 ERA.

In 1998, Arroyo was playing for the Carolina Mudcats where his season didn’t go so well. He had a 5.46 ERA in 127 innings pitched. He stayed at the AA-League for another 15 games in the 1999 season and improved his ERA to about 4.17. Soon, in 1999, Arroyo was on his way to the Altoona Curve in the Eastern League where he played another 15 games before being promoted to the Nashville Sounds towards the end of the year. After just three games in the 1999 season for the Sounds, Arroyo was back in 2000 in the Sounds’ roster and started 14 games to end with an 8 – 2 record. His 3.66 ERA was good enough to demand a call up to the MLB roster and soon, Arroyo got his wish.

Arroyo got 20 games to play and started 12 of them for an ERA of 6.40. His poor 2 – 6 record meant that he was sent back to the minors for another stint. First, he was at the Lynchburg Hillcats but soon, he was back in the Nashville Sounds in the AAA-League where he completed his year. The following year, Arroyo was back again in the top league but 24 games later, he was at the Nashville Sounds again. In the following season, Arroyo again spent time sharing between the Nashville Sounds and the Pittsburg Pirates before the Pirates waived him off. Arroyo moved to the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 season.

In 2003, Arroyo spent a considerable amount of time at the Pawtucket Red Sox, the AAA-League affiliates of the Boston Red Sox. He also made his MLB debut with Boston but only had six outings with the team. In 2004, Arroyo improved his position and soon, from a relief pitcher, he had become a starting pitcher. Arroyo had a 10 – 9 record at the end of the season having started 29 of his 32 appearances. His ERA stood at 4.03. In the World Series, Arroyo had 2 starts and had 4 relief pitcher appearances holding twice with a 7.82 ERA to help the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series.

The following year, Arroyo had a career-high 14 wins in 32 starts where he had pitcher another career-high of 205.1 innings. His unique pitching style aided him in holding runners and through the season, he gave up only 5 stolen bases.

Arroyo signed a 3-year, $11.2 million contract, in 2006, with the Boston Red Sox against the advice of his agent. He termed the deal as a “Hometown Discount”. The same year, Arroyo was traded out to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Wily Mo Pena. In his three seasons with the Reds, Arroyo has made 104 appearances for the Reds with 503 strikeouts. In 2006, Arroyo had an ERA of 3.29 but that figure rose to 4.77 by the 2008 season. His current career average stands at 4.31 with over 1239.7 innings pitched so far. In 2006, Arroyo was named to the National League All-Star team as well.

Off the field, Arroyo is known to be a musician and in 2005, released ‘Covering the Bases’, his debut album where he has done a number of covers.

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