Josh Roenicke
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Roenicke with the Cincinnati Reds
Uni-President Lions – No. 30
Relief pitcher
Born: (1982-08-04) August 4, 1982 (age 37)
Baltimore, Maryland
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 13, 2008, for the Cincinnati Reds
CPBL: March 28, 2018, for the Uni-President Lions
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record8–3
Earned run average4.17
* Cincinnati Reds (20082009)

Joshua James Roenicke (born August 4, 1982) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, and Minnesota Twins.


Cincinnati RedsEdit

Roenicke was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 10th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of UCLA where he was both an outfielder and a relief pitcher, as well as a defensive back and kick returner on the UCLA football team. Beginning his professional career with the Gulf Coast Reds, Roenicke pitched 8 innings and gave up only one run. He was promoted to the Rookie level Billings Mustangs where he finished 2006. He began 2007 with the High-A Sarasota Reds before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. Combined, he had a 3–2 record with a 2.31 ERA, 56 strikeouts, and 24 saves. Roenicke remained in Chattanooga to begin 2008, but was promoted to Triple-A Louisville after 22 appearances. In 35 games for Louisville, he had a 2.54 ERA and was promoted to the majors on September 9.

Roenicke made his major league debut on September 13, walking, striking out, and hitting 1 batter each.[1]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On July 31, 2009, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Edwin Encarnación and Zach Stewart, in exchange for Scott Rolen and cash considerations

In 2 seasons with the Blue Jays, Roenicke went 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in 29 games

Colorado RockiesEdit

On June 2, 2011, Roenicke was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Rockies and was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.[2]

In 2 seasons with the Rockies, Roenicke went 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 82 games, most of them coming in 2012.

Minnesota TwinsEdit

The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers on November 2, 2012. He was outrighted to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on October 2, 2013.

Washington NationalsEdit

Roenicke signed a minor league contract (including a spring training invitation) with the Washington Nationals on February 14, 2014.[3] After pitching in 23 games for the team's Triple-A affiliate Syracuse Chiefs, he was released on August 4, 2014.[4]

Colorado RockiesEdit

Roenicke signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on August 12, 2014. He pitched in 6 games for their Triple-A affiliate.[4]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

Roenicke signed a minor league with the Brewers on February 12.[5] He was 7-12 with a 6.15 ERA for their Triple-A affiliate.[4]

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimEdit

Roenicke signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on March 7, 2016. He spent 2016 split between the Angels' Advanced-A, Double-A, and Triple-A teams.[4]

Pericos de PueblaEdit

On February 21, 2017, Roenicke signed with the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League.[6] He finished the season with a 7-5 record and a 2.70 ERA in 20 starts for the Pericos, getting selected to the Mexican League All-Star Game (South Division) and carrying the club to its second consecutive championship appearance.

Uni-President LionsEdit

On February 9, 2018, Roenicke signed with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.[7] In 26 starts, Roenicke posted a league-leading 3.17 ERA across 156 innings pitched. He re-signed with the Uni-Lions for the 2019 season.[8]

Pitching styleEdit

Roenicke throws five pitches. He has a four-seam fastball thrown at 91–95 mph, a two-seam fastball at 91–94, a slider (82–86), a curveball (76–79), and an occasional changeup (83–85). He does not use his changeup against right-handed hitters. His primary fastball against righties is the four-seamer, while he leans toward the two-seamer against lefties.[9] Despite average to above-average whiff rates on his pitches, he strikes hitters out at a rate well below one per inning.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Roenicke, who grew up in Nevada City, California, comes from a baseball family as his brother Jason plays in Toronto's minor league system, his father Gary played 12 major league seasons from 1976 to 1988 and is currently a scout in the Baltimore Orioles organization,[11] and his uncle Ron played 8 seasons from 1981 to 1988 and was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015.

Roenicke is the brother-in-law of Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond, having married Desmond's sister Nikki in 2010.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Former UCLA Standout Josh Roenicke Makes Major League Debut". September 13, 2008, Retrieved on September 19, 2008.
  2. "June 2011 Transactions". Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  3. Wagner, James (February 14, 2014). "Nationals ink reliever Josh Roenicke, Ian Desmond's brother-in-law, to minor league deal". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Josh Roenicke Minor League Stats
  6. "JOSH ROENICKE SE UNE A LOS PERICOS" (in Spanish). February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  7. "Uni-Lions Sign RHP Josh Roenicke". February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  8. "Uni-Lions Re-Sign Josh Roenicke for 2019 Season". January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  9. "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Josh Roenicke". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  10. "Josh Roenicke Statistics and History". Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  11. "Former UCLA Bruins Standout Josh Roenicke Promoted to Cincinnati Reds". September 9, 2008, Retrieved on September 19, 2008.
  12. Rosencrans, C. Trent (June 28, 2012). "Nats' Ian Desmond takes brother-in-law deep". Retrieved March 5, 2014.

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