The Red Report: Bronson Arroyo

Bronson Arroyo

#61 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds





Feb 24, 1977


Fast Facts:

  • Bronson Anthony Arroyo was born in Key West, FL, and grew up in Brooksville.  He attended Hernando High School. 
  • He was drafted in 1995 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round.  He was the 69th overall pick (which ironically, is the number he chose when he first came up with the Pirates, though his reasoning behind the choice is likely unrelated).  He went right after players like Randy Winn and Ryan Dempster, and went just ahead of J.J. Putz, Adam Everett, and Reds pick Mark Corey.
  • Also in that draft, the Pirates drafted former major leaguer Chad Hermansen, and some guy that Reds fans may remember named Brandon Larson (in the 38th round).


  • His first 3 years in the minor leagues saw him methodically move up the Pirates system from year to year.  He posted solid numbers every year, until reaching AA, where in the 1998 season, he struggled playing for our brand new affiliated Carolina Mudcats in the Southern League.  It was the first season he had an ERA over 5 at 5.46, and his WHIP was 1.65, .33 points higher than any other professional season to that point.
  • The next season, the Pirates changed their AA team to Altoona, and Bronson bounced back.  He had another solid season at age 22 and got a quick look in AAA.
  • Going into the 2000 season, Bronson got on the radar of the baseball public, making it to #9 on Baseball America's prospect list for the Pirates.
  • He spent most of the 2000 season playing in AAA Nashville.  In 13 starts, he went 8-2 with a 3.65 ERA, with a solid 1.21 WHIP.  Although his strikout numbers were pretty mediocre, he got the call to the big leagues in early June 2000.  He had an unimpressive rookie season, where in 12 starts he went 2-6 with a 6.41 ERA.
  • In the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Arroyo looked like a classic AAAA pitcher.  He was great in his 30 AAA starts in those two years, and mediocre in the 17 big league starts he had. 
  • On February 4, 2003, his career would take an eventful turn for the better.  On that day, he was selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox.
  • He had a great debut season for Boston's AAA team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.  He went 12-6 in 24 starts, with a 3.43 ERA and a staggering K/BB ratio of 155/24. 
  • Among his highlights that season, was a 9 inning perfect game on August 10, 2003.  He threw 101 pitches and struck out 9.  He struck out 9.3 batters per 9 IP, while walking only 2.1 per 9 IP.  Interestingly, the team he threw a perfect game against was the Buffalo Bisons, who had current Indians Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta, and current Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who was down in AAA following a dismal season with the major league Indians.
  • In September of that season, he got called up to pitch in the Red Sox bullpen.  In the 17 1/3 innings he pitched over 6 appearances, he posted a 2.08 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  As most baseball fans know (and love), our very own Aaron (f'ing) Boone was partly responsible for Bronson's team not making the World Series that year.
  • The 2004 season was another eventful one for Bronson.  He's well known by now as the pitcher that had the ball batted out of his glove by Alex Rodriguez on the way to first base.  He won the World Series that year.
  • He had another solid season for Boston in 2005, where he went 14-10 with a 4.51 ERA.  The most notable event for Bronson in this year, was when he released his debut CD, "Covering the Bases". It receieved 1175110916_0062_medium
    • ...until he was acquired by the Reds for Wily Mo Pena and cash on March 20, 2006.  JD thought it was a pretty good deal at the time
    • He pitched well in his first start with the Reds, but it was with the bat where he made Glendon Rusch look silly.  He did it again 6 days later.  teb7 was present for both occasions.
    • In his first 15 starts as a Red, Bronson went 9-3, with a 2.47 ERA.  He was named to the NL All-Star team that year.
    • That's when he hit a proverbial wall, and Cornroyo was born.  In the next 10 starts after that, he went 0-5 with an ERA over 6.
    • He finished off 2006 on a better note, with a final line of 14-11, with a 3.29 ERA.  His 184 strikeouts that year is still a career high.
    • On Feb. 8, 2007, Bronson signed a contract extension with the Reds.
    • He went 9-15 in 2007, with a 4.23 ERA.  While the wins didn't come with such a crappy team behind him, he put up solid numbers.
    • Same in 2008, when he went 15-11 with a 4.77 ERA.  He's the one Reds pitcher that Reds fans have come to expect consistency out of in the rotation.
    • Bronson is known for his high leg kick used in his pitching motion, as evidenced in this video:

    • Another thing he's known for is being a whore for endorsements and making terrible music.  Two of his best known works:



    Organizational History

    Drafted/Signed:  3rd round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates
    Signed by:  Scott Lovekamp
    GM when acquired by Reds:  Wayne Krivsky

    Contract Status

    MLB Service Time (as of Opening Day 2009): 6.15 years
    Current Contract Status: 2 year/$25M deal (2009-10), club option for 2011 ($11M with $2M buyout).  Makes $9.5M this season.

    Career Stats

    (BBRef | FanGraphs | THT)


    Bronson Arroyo
    202 267 16 35 10 0 4 16 1 0 10 115 .131 .165 .213


    Bronson Arroyo
    71-70 229 193 6 1 1 1239.2 1284 672 593 150 385 870 4.31 1.41


    Pitch Repertoire

    Information courtesy of Josh Kalk's player cards at

    Arroyo throws 4 pitches: a fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up.  He throws his fastball most often, and it has a decent amount of movement coming in at about 89 MPH.  While his fastball is his go-to pitch, he mixes in the slider almost as often with 2-strike counts.  His curveball is used predominantly against LHB, and almost always when he's ahead in the count.  The speed difference between his change and his fastball is around 10 MPH, and he uses it more often against LHB as well.  His fastball is easily his best pitch, and it's especially tough on righties, so he throws it a lot agains them.  When facing lefties, he tends to mix it up a bit between the four pitches, and can get into trouble that way, as shown by his higher average against and HR rate against LHB.

    2009 Projections


    10-11 188 24 62 143 4.40 1.37
    161 4.62 1.38
    11-11 181 24 60 142 4.43 1.39
    Bill James
    11-12 212 27 64 152 4.25 1.35

    RR Projected Wins Above Replacement:  2.2


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