Julio Yarnel Rodríguez, nicknamed “J-Rod”, is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). Rodríguez signed with the Mariners as an international free agent in 2017 and made his MLB debut in 2022.
Rodríguez signed with the Seattle Mariners at 16 years of age as an international free agent in July 2017 for a bonus of $1.75 million. He made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Mariners in 2018, playing primarily in right field and batting .315/.404/.525 (7th in the league) with 50 runs, nine triples (tied for the league lead), five home runs, 36 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases without being caught in 219 at-bats over 59 games. He was over three years younger than the average player in both leagues. He was named both a DSL mid-season All-Star, and a Baseball America DSL All-Star.
Rodríguez made his major league debut on Opening Day, April 8, 2022, as the starting center fielder versus the Minnesota Twins. He was named American League (AL) Rookie of the Month consecutively for May and June 2022. In June, he played 29 games, scored 22 runs, and hit .280/.361/.542 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, and five stolen bases.
Rodríguez was selected to the 2022 All-Star Game roster making him the sixth Mariner rookie to do so. Rodríguez also participated in the 2022 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby where he placed second behind Juan Soto.
Julio has never divulged any information about his parents, he is a very private person who likes to keep his personal life away from media attention.