Bronson Arroyo

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Bronson Arroyo
Bronson Arroyo 2011.jpg
Arroyo's signature leg kick
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1977-02-24) February 24, 1977 (age 42)
Key West, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 2000, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 145–131
Earned run average 4.19
Strikeouts 1,526
Career highlights and awards
Arroyo in 2006.

Bronson Anthony Arroyo (born February 24, 1977) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 2000 and 2002, the Boston Red Sox from 2003 to 2005, the Cincinnati Reds from 2006 to 2013, and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2014 to 2015.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Arroyo in the third round of the 1995 MLB Draft. Arroyo made his major league debut with Pittsburgh on June 12, 2000. During his rookie season in 2000, Arroyo was 2-6 with a 6.40 earned run average (ERA) in 20 appearances (12 starts).

Playing 24 games (13 started) in 2001, Arroyo complied with a 5-7 record and a 5.09 ERA. Limited in playing time due to injuries and time in the minors, Arroyo played nine games (four started) in 2002 going 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

Boston Red Sox

Before the 2003 season, the Boston Red Sox claimed Arroyo from the Pirates off of waivers.[citation needed] Pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League, Arroyo pitched the fourth nine-inning perfect game in the league's 121-year history on August 10, 2003. He struck out nine and went to a three-ball count to just three hitters all game long. He made six appearances in the majors with his first career save and a 2.08 ERA.


Arroyo improved in 2004, jumping from middle relief to be the Red Sox No. 5 starter. On July 24, 2004, Arroyo hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, which led to a bench-clearing brawl. He compiled a 10–9 mark with a 4.03 ERA in 178 23 innings, while posting a respectable 3.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio (142-to-47). He led the majors with hit batsmen, totaling 20 hit by pitches.

Arroyo also got his first championship title when the Red Sox won the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arroyo made two starts and four relief appearances in the postseason, compiling a 0–0 record with two holds and a 7.82 ERA for the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox. During Game Six of the 2004 American League Championship Series, Alex Rodriguez knocked away a ball from Arroyo's glove while trying to beat out a ground ball at first base. The umpires reversed their original ruling that Rodriguez was safe with instant replay, forcing Derek Jeter to return to first base and calling Rodriguez out on the play for runner interference.


Arroyo posted career highs (at the time) in 2005 in wins (14), starts (32), innings (205 13) 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, $11.25 million contract with the Red Sox.[1] Arroyo said the deal was a "hometown discount" and agreed to the terms against the advice of his agent.[2][3]

Cincinnati Reds


During spring training, the Red Sox traded Arroyo to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Wily Mo Peña.[4] 2006 was a high point in Arroyo's career. Highlights of the season included a league-leading 240 23 innings pitched, his first selection to an All-Star Game, as well as his first career shutout in the majors. He finished the 2006 year going 14-11 with an ERA of 3.29.


In February 2007, Arroyo signed a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds which kept him with the organization through the 2010 season, with an option for the year 2011.[1] He finished the 2007 season 9-15 and a 4.23 ERA.


Arroyo pitched exactly 200 innings in 2008 by going 15-11 with a 4.77 ERA. During the season, Arroyo gave up 6 or more runs in a game seven times in 34 starts, including a game on June 24 against the Toronto Blue Jays where he gave up 11 earned runs in one inning of work (he pitched into the second inning without recording an out).


Arroyo was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in his pitching hand during the 2008–09 offseason. As a result, he missed games during spring training, as well as being advised to stop playing guitar until the symptoms disappeared. After a subpar first half, Arroyo turned in an excellent second half, lowering his ERA from the 5's to the 3's, throwing multiple shutouts and complete games, and putting himself in position to be the Reds top starter in 2010 since Edinson Volquez, the #1 starter in 2009, was out for the start of the season following Tommy John surgery. Arroyo finished the 2009 year with 2 shutouts, a 15-13 record, and a 3.84 ERA.


In 2010, Arroyo was chosen as the #2 starter in the Reds' first playoff series in 15 years. He pitched 5 13 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing one earned run and leaving with the lead. However, he would earn a no-decision as the Reds went on to lose the game. Arroyo won his first Gold Glove on November 10, 2010, the first by a Reds pitcher since Harvey Haddix in 1958. He finished the year 17-10 and a 3.88 ERA.


The Reds exercised the 2011 option on Arroyo's contract on November 3, 2010.[5] After exercising his option, the Reds and Arroyo agreed on a three-year, $35 million contract extension, keeping him with the team through 2013.

On March 26, 2011 Arroyo was diagnosed with mononucleosis, a condition where there is a high lymphocytes count in the blood from an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Arroyo finished the 2011 season 9-12 and a 5.07 ERA. He led the majors with home runs allowed as he surrendered a total of 46.


Arroyo finished the 2012 season by going 12-10 with a 3.74 ERA. Arroyo was chosen by Reds' manager Dusty Baker to start Game Two of the 2012 National League Division Series versus the San Francisco Giants. He took a perfect game into the fifth inning, and allowed only two base runners (a base hit with two outs in the fifth, and a walk in the seventh) in seven scoreless innings. The Reds won the game 9-0 to take a 2-0 series lead. The win was Arroyo's first in thirteen postseason appearances, including five starts.


Bronson finished 2013 with an ERA of 3.79 and a win-loss record of 14-12. He also was the league leader in home runs allowed, giving up 32 long balls. Although the numbers paint a picture of a subpar pitching year, Arroyo managed to throw one shutout and two complete games in his age 36 season. In the offseason, he elected to test free agency.

Arizona Diamondbacks


On February 7, 2014, the Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Arroyo on a 2-year contract with $23.5 million guaranteed.[6][7] On June 16, Arroyo was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career, after leaving a start early against the Dodgers with an elbow injury.[8] It was announced on July 7 that Arroyo would be undergoing Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn UCL, forcing him out for the remainder of the 2014 season. In 14 starts of the 2014 year, he went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA.


Arroyo did not make an appearance during the 2015 season, continuing his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Atlanta Braves / Los Angeles Dodgers

On June 20, 2015, Arroyo, along with Touki Toussaint, was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Phil Gosselin.[9]

On July 30, 2015, in a three-team trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Arroyo, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilán, and José Peraza, while the Miami Marlins acquired minor league pitchers Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham, and Kevin Guzman, and the Braves received Héctor Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, minor league pitcher Zachary Bird and a competitive balance draft pick for the 2016 MLB Draft.[10] The Dodgers declined his 2016 option, making him a free agent.[11]

Possible use of performance-enhancing drugs

A day after reports claimed former Red Sox teammate David Ortiz was among 104 Major League players to have failed drug tests in 2003, Arroyo revealed he had used androstenedione and amphetamines in his career. Bronson Arroyo remarked that he would not be surprised if he was among the 104 players that failed tests, as he suspected the androstenedione he was taking may have been tainted with steroids.[12]

His name was not among those revealed in the Mitchell Report.

Pitching style

Arroyo's fastball is in the 87–92 miles per hour range. While it is considered average among major league pitchers, his fastball 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 stretch position with runners on base, 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.


Bronson Arroyo concert at Mohegan Sun in January 2008

In 2005, Bronson Arroyo released his debut album, Covering the Bases. It included covers from bands such as Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters and Incubus. The album also includes the Red Sox victory song "Dirty Water" by The Standells, in which Arroyo is accompanied by Johnny Damon, Lenny DiNardo, and Kevin Youkilis. He also taught Kevin Millar how to play guitar and performed vocals for the song "Tessie" as covered by the Dropkick Murphys.

In 2008, commercials for JTM Food Group featuring a 'music video' by Arroyo; also featuring FSN Ohio color analyst and former Cincinnati Reds player Chris Welsh began airing during Cincinnati Reds games.

Arroyo appears as a vocalist on the song "Since You" on Chad Perrone's album, Wake.[13]

Bronson made his public debut on stage in January 2004 at the Hot Stove Cool Music fundraiser at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. He performed a cover of Pearl Jam's "Black" with teammate Kevin Millar. He later performed full sets at four other Hot Stove Cool Music events with a full band that featured saxophonist Elan Trotman and two members of Gnarls Barkley (drummer Eric Gardner and guitarist Clint Walsh).

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sheldon, Mark (February 8, 2007). "Reds, Arroyo agree on extension". Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Arroyo says Reds will need to pay full price to keep him". Sporting News. July 12, 2010. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Jason Bay, Mike Lowell, and Why Hometown Discounts Are a Bad Idea". The Faster Times. December 14, 2009. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Reds acquire Bronson Arroyo". (Press release). March 20, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Reds exercise options on Arroyo, Gomes". May 24, 2013. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Calcaterra, Craig (February 7, 2014). "Bronson Arroyo signs with the Diamondbacks". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Crasnick, Jerry (February 7, 2014). "Bronson Arroyo, D-backs reach deal". Retrieved February 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "D-backs place Arroyo on 15-day disabled list and recall Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno". D-backs Press Release (Press release). June 16, 2014. Archived from the original on July 9, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Diamondbacks send Bronson Arroyo, Touki Toussaint to Braves
  10. Hoornstra, J.P. (July 30, 2015). "Dodgers get pitchers Mat Latos, Alex Wood in three-team deadline deal". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Stephen, Eric (November 6, 2015). "Dodgers decline 2016 option on Bronson Arroyo". SB Nation. Retrieved November 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Bronson Arroyo says he used andro, stopped due to rumors it was tainted with steroids". July 31, 2009. Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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