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April 7, 2020 10:24 AM
Rangers' Joely Rodriguez: Expected for bullpen duty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez is projected open the regular season in the bullpen, T.R. Sullivan of reports. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out two over five spring innings.

Sullivan goes as far as calling Rodriguez a "lock" to make the final roster when MLB eventually begins its season. The 28-year-old left-hander pitched well in Japan over the last two seasons, after posting a 5.40 ERA in two partial seasons with the Phillies in 2016 and 2017. He's a classic reliever, whose mid-90s fastball is his top asset, while he uses a slider to generate swings-and-misses. Rodriguez's strikeout rate jumped to 10.6 per nine innings while he was with the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball. He could serve as a late-inning lefty option, but he will need to out-perform Brett Martin first.

December 9, 2019 09:56 PM
Rangers' Joely Rodriguez: Comes to terms with Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Rangers on Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

Rodriguez has been impressive over the last two seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, posting a 1.85 ERA with a 103:28 K:BB over 87.2 innings of work. He figures to see mid-to-high-leverage innings in 2019. Rodriguez last appeared in the majors in 2017, struggling to a 6.33 ERA over 27 frames with the Phillies.

July 19, 2018 02:24 PM
Joely Rodriguez: Parts ways with Baltimore
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez exercised an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Orioles last week, Rich Dubroff of reports.

Rodriguez is officially a free agent and will likely look to land another minor-league deal with another organization. The 26-year-old made 33 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk this season, posting a 4.56 ERA and 52:18 K:BB in 49.1 innings.

March 25, 2018 11:56 AM
Orioles' Joely Rodriguez: Sent to minors camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Orioles reassigned Rodriguez to their minor-league camp Sunday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Rodriguez turned some heads during spring training with a 0.87 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 10.1 innings, but there wasn't enough space on the roster for the Orioles to justify keeping him on their Opening Day roster. Instead, the Orioles will opt to retain Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes as their second lefty out of the bullpen behind Richard Bleier.

February 4, 2018 05:24 PM
Orioles' Joely Rodriguez: Receives invitation to training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was invited to Baltimore's big-league camp as a non-roster invitee, Brittany Ghiroli of reports.

Rodriguez threw at the Triple-A level as well as in the Show during the 2017 season, but struggled at both. In the majors, he owned a 6.33 ERA and 1.93 WHIP as a member of the Phillies' bullpen. He was then traded to the Rangers, where he had very similar results and threw to the tune of a 6.33 ERA and 1.81 WHIP at Triple-A Round Rock.

November 29, 2017 03:44 PM
Orioles' Joely Rodriguez: Inks minors deal with Orioles
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Rodriguez agreed to a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Rodriguez struggled with the Phillies last season before being designated for assignment, posting a 6.33 ERA across 27 innings and recording nearly as many walks (15) as strikeouts (18). He didn't do much better after getting scooped up by the Rangers, compiling a similar 6.33 ERA and 21:18 K:BB across 27 innings with Triple-A Round Rock before being DFA'd again. The 26-year-old has seen time in the majors each of the past two seasons.

September 2, 2017 01:40 PM
Rangers' Joely Rodriguez: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was designated for assignment Friday.

The Rangers needed to clear room on the 40-man roster for some September additions, and Rodriguez was a casualty. He posted a 6.33 ERA in 27 innings for Triple-A Round Rock after getting dealt by the Phillies earlier this season.

June 13, 2017 01:16 PM
Rangers' Joely Rodriguez: Dealt to Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rangers acquired Rodriguez from the Phillies on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Rather than taking their chances with waiting for Rodriguez to hit waivers, the Rangers were proactive in bringing aboard the 25-year-old left-hander, who was designated for assignment last week. The Rangers will assign Rodriguez to Triple-A Round Rock initially, but it might not be long before he gets a look with the big club, which ranks 27th in the majors in bullpen WAR (-0.1), per FanGraphs. Rodriguez amassed a 6.33 ERA and 1.93 WHIP over 27 innings during his 26 appearances with the Phillies prior to being dropped from their 40-man roster.

June 7, 2017 11:12 PM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: DFA'd Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Rodriquez compiled an unimpressive 6.49 ERA and 17:13 K:BB across 26.1 innings out of the bullpen this season, prompting the Phillies to cast him off the 40-man roster. A corresponding roster move will likely be announced before Thursday's series finale against the Braves.

May 19, 2017 09:00 AM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Serves up seven-run inning to Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez (1-2) allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks while recording just two outs during Thursday's loss to Texas.

The 25-year-old lefty had settled into a nice groove and entered the outing with just two earned runs allowed over his previous 14.2 innings for a 1.23 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. However, things went south in a hurry Thursday, and Rodriguez now sports a lackluster 6.97 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 5.7 K/9 through 20.2 innings for the campaign.

April 24, 2017 03:24 PM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Earns first win Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez (1-0) picked up his first career win Sunday after facing two batters and retiring both (with one strikeout) in a 5-2 victory over the Braves.

Rodriguez has a 5.73 ERA after allowing seven runs over his first four games, but he's settled in, holding the opposition scoreless in his last five appearances. He has seen most of his work in the sixth and seventh innings, but Rodriguez will occasionally be asked to work the eighth inning, which was the case Sunday.

March 30, 2017 10:16 AM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez has earned a bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.

Rodriguez had been in competition for one of the final roster spots, and will ultimately make the team as a lefty specialist in middle relief.

March 6, 2017 02:40 PM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Competing for bullpen spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez has a shot at earning a bullpen spot with the Phillies this spring, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Rodriguez got a taste of the majors last season, allowing three runs on eight hits over 9.2 innings while striking out seven and walking four. His 95.3 mph fastball gives him the potential to be a dominant lefty killer in the majors if he can command his pitches. The southpaw held lefties under a .200 batting average in the minors last season, but he didn't have quite the same level of success in his limited time in the majors. Rodriguez is competing with Cesar Ramos, Sean Burnett and possibly Adam Morgan for one of the two lefty reliever spots manager Pete Mackanin wants to have on his roster.

September 24, 2016 06:22 AM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Candidate for save chances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Pete Mackanin said Rodriguez, Hector Neris, Edubray Ramos and Michael Mariot are in the mix for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez temporarily out of the closer's role, Todd Zolecki of reports.

Mackanin said he wants to give Gomez a break for the next couple of save chances. Rodriguez would likely only be used in a save chance if the Phillies are scheduled to face left-handed hitters in the ninth inning.

September 10, 2016 03:17 PM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Contract selected by Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez's contract was selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

The 24-year-old southpaw posted an impressive 2.35 ERA and 1.15 WHIP while fanning 69 over 76.2 innings between three levels of the minors this year. He will work in low-leverage spots over the final three weeks of the season and could earn a permanent spot in the big league bullpen in 2017.

August 2, 2016 08:04 PM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Promoted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies promoted Rodriguez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle reports.

A roster spot opened up with the promotion of Luis Garcia to Philadelphia. Rodriguez was 7-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a 41:16 K:BB in 49 innings for Double-A Reading and held lefties to a .197 average. He could get a look in the Phillies' pen in September.

June 25, 2016 09:44 AM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Showing improvement over last season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 32:12 K:BB in 32.2 innings of relief for Double-A Reading.

Rodriguez lost his 40-man roster spot in the winter after a terrible season in 2015, but he has turned things around this year. The Phillies made an adjustment to his arm slot and how his foot lands when he finishes his delivery and both moves seem to have paid off. Rodriguez has been particularly tough on lefties, who have hit just .162 with 13 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings. He could be promoted to Triple-A this summer and might even see time in the Phillies' pen later this year if he keeps pitching well.

December 7, 2015 03:00 PM
Phillies' Joely Rodriguez: Outrighted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rodriguez was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.

Rodriguez was on the 40-man roster, but he struggled at the Triple-A level in 2015 to the tune of a 6.32 ERA and more walks than strikeouts in 68.1 innings. He was eventually demoted and ended the year at Double-A, but he should get another chance at the Triple-A level next season.

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