Name: Andre Rienzo
Age: 24 | Pos: RHP
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 160
Drafted: 2006, international free agent
Projected arrival: Late 2013?
Sports idol: Ronaldo
Favorite movie: "The Replacements"
Hobby: Play video games on xBox
Favorite U.S. meal: Chipotle
Who he's listening to: Marcelo D2
Favorite city: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Came on strong after slow start to 2012 because of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. His fastball sits in the low 90-mph range and touches 95; it also runs in on lefty hitters. Development of a curveball and cutter help to keep hitters off-balance.
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His thin build wouldn’t suggest he fits the profile for a big league starter though it doesn’t rule him out. He’s hurt by a lack of command (averaged 3.46 walks per nine) and his changeup isn’t reliable.
He said it
On last season: “The year started (as a struggle) because of the suspension. But after that I got back to what I came to do here. I started to play better and I had a chance to play in Fall League. Great experience because of the great names, great guys. Last year was a (learning experience).”
*Strengths and weaknesses are courtesy of the “Baseball America Prospect Handbook.”