5. Jose Rijo

Birthplace: San Cristobal
Years: 1984-1995, 2001-2002
Team(s): New York Yankees, Oakland A's, Cincinnati Reds
Record: 116-91
Career Era: 3.24

If he'd come up in the age of pitch counts and "Joba Rules" there's a chance Jose Rijo could've been an all-time great. In the majors at 19 with the Yankees, Rijo was plagued by overuse and misuse in his early career, pitching 193 innings in 26 starts and 39 appearances for Oakland as a 21-year-old in 1986, and 162 innings in 19 starts and 49 appearances as an A in 1988. Settled as a starter with Cincinnati, Rijo had a string of 5 straight brilliant seasons for the Reds between 1990-1994. Plagued with severe elbow injuries after 1995, Rijo was out of the game for 6 years in his thirties, making a surprising and brief return to the Reds in 2001-2002.

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