Rubby de la Rosa
3/4/1989 (28 y, 20 d) Bats/Throws:
PContract: $0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
De La Rosa (elbow) underwent a second injection of stem-cell therapy this December and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. (2/8/2017)Injury:
|Profile: It's easy to see why de la Rosa was once a well-rated prospect and why two teams have traded for him. He averages more than 94 mph with the fastball and throws a changeup that Pedro Martinez taught him. It's also easy to see why two teams have traded him away. He's got poor command and is constantly behind in the count, and when he throws to the heart, he gives up homers. There are signs that he was possibly putting things together last year, however. He started throwing a harder slider and backed up off the change. That made him a little less predictable, and the homers on the changeup mellowed out, although he still had a problem with the long ball overall. That's probably not going away at this point... but if he could manage just a few more first-pitch strikes, he could be a high-strikeout, low-walk, high-homer, mid-rotation type. That's almost what he did last year, but he'll need to give more than 50 innings in 2017 to be worth a pick in any league. And now his elbow hurts, he's on a minor league deal, and nobody knows if he's facing a second Tommy John surgery. (Eno Sarris)|
The Quick Opinion: De la Rosa is not going to fix the command. The home runs will never go away. But if he can throw first pitch strikes, and stay healthy, he might provide deeper leaguers with strikeouts and non-terrible innings... once he's healthy again.