Monday, July 13, 2009
Dandy Dozen - Rico Lecuona
The Resume: Twenty eight year-old Rico Lecuona was signed out of Ceiba Del Agua, Cuba in Season 4 for $18.9M, a hefty price. He's been with the franchise (Wichita and now Baltimore) ever since. After just 3 minor league starts, Rico reached the big leagues and debuted a respectable 4-4 with a 4.31 ERA in Season 4 as a 20 year-old. He didn't really establish himself as a star until season 8, when he went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA on his way to the first of his 3 Cy Young awards. He's made the All-star team 6 times, and recently reached his first World Series. Lecuona has a lot left to accomplish as he's got many years ahead of him. The Dead Homies have him signed through season 17, so he's not expected to go anywhere. He's never hit the DL, and has thrown over 230 innings in each of the past 5 seasons. He's also 6-2 in 13 career post-season starts.
The Rest of the Story: Lecuona actually defected from Cuba while playing in a tournament in Mexico. The Cuban team was scheduled to go to a Jonas Brothers show in Mexico City on an off day. However, the Jonas Brothers unexpectedly canceled the show due to the swine flu, ruining Lecuona's escape plans. His creative agent however, was able to sneak him out of a hospital after Lecuona feigned a severe cough, causing his coaches to rush him to the emergency room. Baltimore is certainly not thankful for the Jonas Brothers, but they may have a soft spot in their heart for pigs.