Jorge De La Rosa
30 years old
8th major league season
Bats L/Throws L
De La Rosa has been an enigma, and he's on his 3rd major league team (4th major league organization, and I'm not going to count his Mexican league teams), after leaving the Brewers and Royals disappointed. He has found success in Colorado, and decided to stay there this off-season, signing a 2 year contract, with a player option for 2013, and if that is exercised, a team option for 2014. His career record before joining the Rockies was 15-23, with an ERA upwards of 5, and a walk rate over 5 as well. But the reason everyone kept giving this lefty a chance was the fact he threw mid-90s (he was one of only five LHP last year to average higher than 93 mph). Since joining the Rockies, he's 35-24, with a 4.43 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He's also averaged 8.9 K/9 with the Rockies. He did miss 2+ months last year with a flexor tendon injury in his finger, but his was 8-7, 20 starts, 121 2/3 innings, with a 4.22 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Although he's in his 8th major league season, he's thrown more than 130 innings only once (2009).
De La Rosa slings the ball from a 3/4s arm slot, and delivers a 91-96 mph fastball that has some cutting action. He also throws a slider and curve, which has been the biggest change/maybe why he's had more success with the Rockies. He is now throwing his slider more (16% from 6%) and his curve less (4% from 12%). He also started throwing his change-up more (27% last year), and it has good fade from right-handed hitters. His slider and his change are his two best pitches; his fastball has been hit hard the past 4 years. He uses his slider the most with two strikes. His biggest problem is his control, and his BB/9 rate is consistently around 4.
He's 3-1 against the Mets in his career (9 games, 3 starts), with a 4.30 ERA, and 1.48 WHIP. He faced the Mets in Colorado last April and did not fare well (6 innings, 5 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks), but was 2-0 and dominated the Mets in both his starts in 2009.
In 2011, he's 1-0 in 2 starts, but he's only thrown 10 1/3 innings, as he's left with blister issues.