Andre Rienzo

Andre RienzoPosition: RH SP
Born: 6/5/88
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 190
Acquired: Signed as free agent from Brazil in 2006
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #11 - 2010 Postseason
  • #11 - 2011 Midseason
  • #12 - 2012 Preseason
  • #15 - 2012 Midseason
  • #7 - 2013 Preseason
  • #15 - 2013 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • FutureSox Pitcher of the Month - July 2010
  • 2011 Carolina League All-Star Game
  • 2012 AFL appearance
  • FutureSox Pitcher of the Month - June 2013
  • 2013 Futures Game
  • FutureSox Pitcher of the Month - July 2013

Scouting report
Signed out of South America, Rienzo stood out with overwhelming numbers in the lower levels of the minors. After a hot 2008 campaign in the Dominican Summer League, Rienzo burst onto the scene thanks to a dominant stint with Kannapolis in 2010 (125 K vs 32 BB in 101 IP). Rienzo flashes good stuff, featuring a low 90s fastball that touches mid 90s, a cutter that Keith Law recently said is "definitely a major league pitch", and he changes speeds well. His curve is a decent pitch that needs some refinement and he also throws a change that's usable. Rienzo hit some rough patches with control in 2011 and 2012. He came out on fire in 2012 (25 IP, 17 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 31 K), but was suspended 50 games for PED use (claiming it was an OTC supplement and didn't know). After the suspension he was promoted to AA and picked up where he left off, finishing there with a 3.27 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 130 K in 130 IP. Rienzo also pitched in the AFL in 2012, striking out a batter an inning but also walking 15 in 24.2 IP. He started 2013 in AAA and got hit hard at first, but starting in mid May got on a roll and reestablished himself as a legitimate prospect, including a 7-inning no-hitter to put an exclamation point on his ascent. Concerns about control, secondary stuff and durability could point to a future in the bullpen in the Majors, but the Sox continue to use him as a starter and feel he has a good chance to stick there. He was the first Brazilian pitcher and second player of any kind to make the Majors.

Major League Outlook: Bullpen arm or 4/5 starter
ETA: MLB ready

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