- 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).
- ...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:
Drafted/Signed: 3rd round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates
Signed by: Scott Lovekamp
GM when acquired by Reds: Wayne Krivsky
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.
Information courtesy of Josh Kalk's player cards at baseball.bornbybits.com.
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.
RR Projected Wins Above Replacement: 2.2
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