Joel Esmerly Noboa
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
Joel Noboa played six seasons in the minors, peaking in A ball.
He debuted in 1997, hitting .268 with 9 homers for the DSL Diamondbacks. In '98, he batted .276/.317/.421 with the AZL Diamondbacks but had 20 errors in 37 games at third base for a .805 fielding percentage. He led Arizona League third basemen in miscues. In 1999, Noboa improved his fielding to .911 at the hot corner, with appearances for the Missoula Osprey (2 for 18, BB, 9 K), South Bend Silver Hawks (.179/.179/.231 in 11 G) and the AZL Diamondbacks (.312/.336/.540, 60 K in 215 AB, 12 HR, 41 RBI in 52 G). He was one homer shy of AZL leader Luis Garcia and was named the circuit's All-Star third baseman.
Joel moved to the outfield in 2000, playing for the Osprey (.213/.230/.411) and Silver Hawks (.225/.236/.225). The free-swinging slugger had 3 walks to 97 strikeouts in his 72 games. Moving to the Boston Red Sox chain in '01, Noboa actually had a worse BB:K ratio, at 1:60 for the Lowell Spinners. He hit just .181/.196/.290.
Noboa's last chance as a player came with the Montréal Expos organization in 2003. He went 2 for 23 with 12 whiffs for the Vermont Expos and hit .177/.250/.365 with 47 strikeouts in 96 at-bats for the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Noboa later managed the DSL Reds.