Xavier Cedeno, Relief Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays, #31
Date of Birth: 8/26/1986
Birthplace: Guayanilla, Puerto Rico
College: Miami-Dade College
Current Salary: $1,300,000
Xavier Cedeno, relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was first drafted in 2004 by the Colorado Rockies. He pitched in the Rockies' minor league system from 2005 through 2009. He was released on March 30, 2010. No team signed him and he didn't play professional baseball in 2010.
Cedeno signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros on December 23, 2010. He spent most of the 2011 season in the minors, pitching in just three games with the Astros. In 2012, he pitched in 44 games with the Astros. He finished the season with a 3.77 ERA in 31.0 innings.
The Washington Nationals claimed Cedeno off waivers on April 23, 2013. He pitched in 5 games with the Astros and 11 games with the Nationals in 2013 and he finished with a 6.57 ERA. He spent the rest of the season in the minors. In 2014, he pitched just 7.0 innings in 9 games with the Nationals. He spent the rest of the season on the DL and in the minors.
The Nationals traded Cedeno to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 22, 2015. Five days later, he was traded to the Rays. In 2015, he had career highs in games played (5 games with the Nationals and 61 games with the Rays), innings pitched (46.0), and strikeouts (47 to 14 walks). He finished with a career low ERA of 2.35.
In 2016, Cedeno pitched in 54 games with the Rays. He finished the season with 3 wins and 4 losses, 43 strikeouts to 13 walks, and a 3.70 ERA in 41.1 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Cedeno through 2016 include:
- 192 games played
- 139.1 innings pitched
- 7-6 win-loss record
- 2 saves
- 140 strikeouts to 49 walks
- 3.81 ERA