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Friday, April 16, 2021

Rolando Caridad pitched as expected in high school, well; Saw five pro seasons, made high-A

Miami Loyola's Rolando Caridad struck out 12 batters in this May 1987 game and got out of two bases-loaded jams for the state semifinal win, The Tampa Bay Times wrote.

For Miami Loyola head coach Evelio Hernandez, Caridad's performance was standard Caridad, The Times wrote.

"I expect good pitching from him," Hernandez told The Tampa Bay Times of the sophomore. "He's done it all season, so today was not too much of a surprise."

Caridad went on to pitch well enough in high school to turn pro. He played five pro seasons. He made high-A.

Caridad's pro career began in 1989, taken by the White Sox in the 16th round of the draft. He's listed as also attending Westminster Christian. He was also credited as Rollie Caridad.

He started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He saw 13 relief appearanes and had a 3.33 ERA.

Caridad moved to short-season Utica for 1990 and turned starter for the year. He went 4-8, with a 4.43 ERA over 14 starts.

For 1991, though, he returned to relief and became single-A South Bend's late-season relief ace, The South Bend Tribune wrote.

"I'm throwing more strikes," Caridad told The Tribune in August, after he'd saved 13. "Normally, I'd walk too many people. Relievers can't walk people."

Caridad ended that season with 17 saves and a 2.19 ERA. He then moved to high-A Sarasota and returned to South Bend for 1992. In 43 total relief outings that year, he had a 2.76 ERA and three saves.

Caridad is credited as playing in one more season, at independent Corpus Christi and Laredo in 1995. He got into 11 games, starting 10 and turned in a 6.35 ERA to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,624
Made the Majors:1,248-34.4%
Never Made Majors:2,376-65.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:307

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