Yesterday I mentioned that Yan Gomes was the first Major League Baseball player born in Brazil. So who were the second and third Brazilians to play baseball? Andre Rienzo made his Major League debut on July 30, 2013, and Paulo Orlando debuted on April 9, 2015.
Andre Rienzo signed with the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent in 2006. He played for the White Sox in 2013 and 2014 and was traded to the Miami Marlins for the 2015 season. He was sent to the minors in 2016, then signed a minor league contract with the Padres for the 2017 season. Since 2018, he’s played for the Monclova Acereros of the Mexican League.
Paulo Orlando, the third Brazilian to reach the Major Leagues, began his baseball career in 2005, playing in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. He was signed by the White Sox in 2005, then traded to the Royals in 2008. He spent time with both the Royals and their triple-A club in 2014 and 2015, was with the Royals in 2016, and again split time between the Royals and their minor league teams in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers and is currently with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Stay tuned for more information on Brazilian baseball!