R. J. Alaniz

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R. J. Alaniz
Cincinnati Reds – No. 32
Born: (1991-06-14) June 14, 1991 (age 28)
McAllen, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 12, 2019, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record1–0
Earned run average9.19

Ruben "R.J." Alaniz (born June 14, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.

Professional Career[edit]

Alaniz was born in McAllen, Texas and attended Juarez-Lincoln High School in La Joya, Texas. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Astros on August 14, 2009 after participating in a tryout camp run by scout Rusty Pendergrass. He was signed for $160,000, with Pendergrass and scout Clarence Johns claiming Alaniz has the "stuff to be a major league starter."[1] He began his professional career the next year. With the Greenville Astros in 2010, he was 6–4 with a 4.21 ERA and the following year, he was 7–10 with a 4.44 mark for the Lexington Legends. In 2012, Alaniz went 6–2 with a 5.04 ERA for the Lancaster JetHawks and in 2013, he was 9–9 with a 4.53 mark for the Corpus Christi Hooks. He was 1–1 with a 6.64 ERA for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2014 before being suspended 50 games for using a drug of abuse in late August.[2] It was his second suspension. Alaniz was once rated as having the best curveball in the Astros system and had been named among the club's best prospects.[3] He appeared in major league spring training in 2012.[4] He returned in 2015 to go 6–4 with a 4.55 ERA for the Hooks;[5] he became a free agent following the season and signed with the Tigers on December 3.[6]

He split the 2016 season between the Erie SeaWolves and the Toledo Mud Hens, accumulating a 4–4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 73 innings.[7] In 2017, he again split the year between Erie and Toledo, accumulating a 3–3 record with a 2.30 ERA in 70.1 innings.[7] He became a free agent after the season, and signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on December 14, 2017.[7] He split the 2018 season between the GCL Rays, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Montgomery Biscuits, and the Durham Bulls. He accumulated a 3–4 record with a 3.38 ERA in 42.2 innings.[7] He became a free agent following the 2018 season.[7]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On November 15, 2018, Alaniz signed a major league contract with the Seattle Mariners.[8] He opened the 2019 season with the Tacoma Rainiers.[7]

On April 12, 2019, he was recalled to the major leagues for the first time.[9] He made his debut that night, allowing four runs over two innings of relief.[10]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On May 31, 2019, he was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds and optioned to the Louisville Bats.[11] On December 9, 2019, Alaniz was outrighted off the Reds roster to AAA.[12]


  1. ^ "Astros excited about signing of Alaniz, a non-drafted free agent". Brianmctaggart.mlblogs.com. August 15, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  2. ^ foxsports (August 30, 2014). "Astros minor league RHP Alaniz suspended 50 games". Foxsports.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Sickels, John (January 19, 2012). "Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects for 2012". Minorleagueball.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Baseball Cube". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "BR Minors page". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "page". Milb.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "R.J. Alaniz Transactions". MLB.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mariners Sign Ruben Alaniz". MLB Trade Rumours. November 15, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Mariners' Ruben Alaniz: Recalled from Triple-A". CBS Sports. April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners Box Score, April 12, 2019". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  11. ^ RotoWire Staff (May 31, 2019). "Reds' R.J. Alaniz: Claimed and optioned by Reds". CBSSports.com. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  12. ^ RotoWire Staff (December 9, 2019). "Reds' R.J. Alaniz: Removed from roster". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 9, 2019.

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