Joely Rodriguez Sanchez
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
Pitcher Joely Rodriguez was signed as a 17-year-old by the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 2009 season. He made his professional debut that year with the DSL Pirates of the Dominican Summer League, going 2-5, 4.60 in 12 starts. 2010 saw him with the GCL Pirates in the Gulf Coast League where he went 2-2, 3.99 before earning a promotion to the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League for a pair of relief appearances.
Joely was back at State College in 2011 but was limited to only two outings by an injury, and thus returned there in 2012 as well. He made 14 starts that season, with a record of 3-4, 4.50. He had not put up any particularly remarkable numbers in those first few season, but thing took a turn for the better in 2013, when his ERA was an excellent 2.70 in 26 starts between the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League and the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League. His record between the two teams was 9-8, with 101 strikeouts in 140 innings. Promoted to the AA Altoona Curve in 2014, he did not fare as well, with his ERA jumping back to 4.84 in 30 games, including 21 starts. He went 6-11, with 151 hits allowed in 134 innings, and a K/W ratio of 73/43.
After pitching for the Phillies in 2016 and 2017, he moved over to Japan for the next two seasons, playing for the Chunichi Dragons of the Central League in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, he returned to Major League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, who offered him a two-year contract.