Joely Rodriguez has some nice stuff for a left-hander. He throws his fastball in the 91-94 MPH range, and hit 96 MPH last year. His changeup has shown some improvements, with late, sharp tailing action. His slider has some good break, and is a weapon to shut down left-handers. Rodriguez has good movement on all of his pitches, as seen in the video. The Pirates added him to the 40-man roster this off-season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, mostly due to his overall package as a left-hander with a good arsenal. He should start the 2014 season in Altoona, with a shot at Indianapolis by the end of the year, and possibly a September callup.

Rodriguez was our number 15 prospect, and you can read our scouting report on him here.

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  1. After reading Tim’s book I had him as a ST sleeper – someone who might be useful towards the end of the year – if he makes another improvement this year like last he could jump ahead of Kingham and Glasnow – not saying he will – but that is the fun of sleepers

  2. I agree with both of the previous comments, but does he tip off his pitches? That left hand comes out from behind his hip and with my tired, old eyes it looked like he has different grips for each pitch, and our view is possibly 10 feet or more behind the Catcher. I went back and watched Volquez and Cole, and could not see any part of the grip because they work at hiding the ball in their glove or behind their hip until release. Is it possible a RH hitter with MLB-hitter eyes standing in front of the Catcher could possibly get a tell?

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