Bronson Arroyo, Pitcher, Cincinnati Reds
Date of Birth: 2/24/1977
Birthplace: Key West, Florida
Nickname: Saturn Nuts
Bronson Arroyo, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, was first drafted in 1995 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in the Pirates' minor league system from 1995 through 1999. In 2000, he pitched 71.2 innings in 20 games with the Pirates. The following season, he pitched in 24 games with them but in 2002, his playing time was limited to 9 games, with time spent on the DL and back in the minor leagues.
The Boston Red Sox claimed Arroyo off waivers prior to the 2003 season. However, he spent most of that season in the minors, pitching in just six games with the Red Sox. Arroyo finished his minor league career with an 83-44 win-loss record and a 3.80 ERA.
In 2004, Arroyo had his first full season as a starting pitcher with the Red Sox. That year, he had a 10-9 record with a 4.03 ERA in 32 games. Two years later, during Spring training, he was traded to the Reds. He had his best season in 2006, with career highs in games played (35), innings pitched (240.2), and strikeouts (184 to 64 walks). He had a 14-11 record with a 3.29 ERA.
Arroyo signed a four-year contract extension with the Reds in February, 2007. Four years later, in 2010, he won a Gold Glove award for his fielding abilities. That year, he made 31 assists and 18 putouts with no errors in 33 games. He also had a good season pitching, having a career high 17 wins to 10 losses with a 3.88 ERA. After the season ended, Arroyo signed a three-year, $35 million contract extension with the Reds.
In 2013, Arroyo pitched 202.0 innings in 32 games and he had a 14-12 record with a 3.79 ERA. In February, 2014, he signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On July 7, 2014, it was announced that Arroyo would miss the rest of the 2014 season and part of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. He finished the 2014 season with 86.0 innings pitched in 14 games and he had a 7-4 record with 47 strikeouts to 19 walks and a 4.08 ERA.
On June 20, 2015, Arroyo was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Phil Gosselin. He was traded again on July 30, 2015, in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent the 2015 season on the DL, recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Arroyo signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on January 26, 2016. He didn't play in the major leagues in 2016 and the Nationals released him on October 11, 2016.
Arroyo returned to the Reds on a minor league contract on February 14, 2017.
Statistics for Arroyo in 12 full seasons (2000-2001, 2004-2013) in the major leagues include:
- 10 seasons with over 30 games, with a high of 35 in 2005 and 2006
- 8 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 240.2 in 2006
- 3 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 184 in 2006
Career pitching statistics for Arroyo through 2015 include:
- 405 games played
- 2,364.2 innings pitched
- 145-131 win-loss record
- 1,526 strikeouts to 642 walks
- 4.19 ERA
In his spare time, Arroyo is a musician. He released his first album, "Covering the Bases," in 2005.