Joely Rodriguez

Position: LHP
Born: 11/4/1994
Height: 6'1 / 200
Weight: 200
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Via trade from the Pirates December 10, 2014, for LHP Antonio Bastardo (PHI). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on May 29, 2009 (PIT).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 7-0 with a 2.35 ERA in 53 games between Clearwater (High A), Reading (Double-A) and Lehigh Valley (Triple-A) striking out 69 while walking 23 in 76 2/3 innings, allowing 65 hits and limiting opposing batters to a .237 average.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Lehigh Valley on September 10.
MLB Debut Date: 9/11/2016

Debut Details
September 11, in a 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. The last of four pitchers on the night, he threw just two pitches in his debut, one strike. Coming on with two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the eighth inning, he retired Daniel Murphy on a fly out to center field, where the out on defense was made by fellow debutante of the day Roman Quinn.

Player Notes
This marked Rodriguez’s first full season in relief after having worked as a starter for the majority of his seven pro seasons, and in doing so he reduced his batting average against from .312 in 2015 by 80 points to .237 this season. Last summer he combined to go 7-10 with a 6.12 ERA in 32 games, 21 of them starts, striking out 74 and walking 57 while giving up 162 hits in 129.1 IP, prompting the shift in roles. In, 2014, his last year with the Pirates organization, he went 6-11 with a 4.84 ERA in 30 games at Altoona (Double-A), 21 of them starts, fanning 73 and walking 43 in 134 innings while giving up 151 hits. He hit the wall as he reached Double-A, after having dominated at Class A in 2013, splitting the season between West Virginia (Class A) and Bradenton (High A) and posting a 2.70 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 101 and walking just 39 while giving up 142 hits in 140 innings.

2080 Notes
Here is some scouting video of Rodriguez from late August, from Mark Shreve.