Rubby De La Rosa
Rubby De La Rosa
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rubby De La Rosa in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Released by the Diamondbacks in June of 2019.
Heading to minor-league camp
PArizona Diamondbacks  F
March 19, 2019
De La Rosa was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
De La Rosa is back on the mound for the first time in 18 months after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He'll need more time to get up to speed in the minors, as he allowed three runs in 3.2 innings of spring work.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
De La Rosa missed the entirety of the 2018 campaign after undergoing a second Tommy John surgery in August of the previous year. Elbow and shoulder woes limited him to just 7.2 innings that season as well, while elbow and groin troubles kept him to just 50.2 innings in 2016. He'll turn 30 during spring training, so there's little reason to believe his health issues will suddenly be behind him. In addition to his very low floor, the veteran righty has a fairly low ceiling. His career ERA in parts of seven seasons sits at 4.49, with a rather low 19.6% strikeout rate paired with a decent 8.6% walk rate. He's a streamer at best in most formats, and there's little reason to take on this much risk for so little reward at draft time.
De La Rosa's 2017 outlook is a bit murky due to the status of his right elbow. He was shut down in September and ended up meeting with Dr. James Andrews, the well-known orthopedic surgeon who performed De La Rosa's 2011 Tommy John surgery. In an effort to avoid another surgery, De La Rosa decided to undergo stem-cell treatment. The best-case scenario is that this allows De La Rosa to get back on the mound faster than he would've been able to if he had gone through with surgery. Of course, there's also a chance that the treatment is not effective and De La Rosa ends up needing another Tommy John procedure, which would knock him out of action for at least a year. Things will begin to clear up as De La Rosa moves through the rehab process. A former top prospect for the Dodgers, De La Rosa is off the fantasy radar for now given the uncertainty of his health.
De La Rosa is still looking for a breakthrough performance to meet the expectations set for him as a prospect. He is with his third organization since signing as an amateur free agent in 2007, having previously been traded by the Dodgers and Red Sox. In five seasons, De La Rosa has a 4.51 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. In 2015 — his first season in Arizona — De La Rosa had a 4.67 ERA, though he did lead the club with 14 wins, 188.2 innings pitched, and 150 strikeouts, but that’s more of a testament to how bad the D-backs’ rotation was. Scouts have long raved about De La Rosa’s stuff, though his career rate of 7.2 K/9 leaves quite a bit to be desired. Arizona will likely give him another shot to start in 2016, but he could be nearing a move to the bullpen if his struggles continue.
De La Rosa was one of several young starters to receive an audition at the major-league level for Boston in 2014. There was some initial success, suggesting De La Rosa could be a part of the 2015 rotation, but he also had bouts of control problems and didn't hold up well over 160 innings, a career-high for the right hander. He had some experience pitching out of the bullpen for Boston, including his final appearance of the season when he struck out four of the five batters faced. There's always been some thought to letting him become a late-inning reliever, a role in which he doesn't need to rely on his secondary stuff, and one that allows him to uncork a mid-to-high 90s heater. Traded to Arizona in December, the Diamondbacks will likely give him every opportunity to secure a rotation spot during spring training before a move to relief work is considered.
The Red Sox had De La Rosa on a pitch count in spring training, limiting the right-hander who was heading into his first full season since Tommy John surgery in 2011. It was a prudent approach for a pitcher who had never thrown more than 110 innings in a season. He struggled early on at Triple-A Pawtucket and coaches quickly learned De La Rosa needed to learn how to pitch instead of throwing fastballs all the time. Once he started incorporating his secondary stuff and locating his fastball, the results were better. In June, the Red Sox called him up to throw out of the bullpen. He bounced back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket and eventually pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. He's looking at the possibility of staying in the bullpen and could open the 2014 season in Boston.
De La Rosa came back last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He made a handful of appearances in the Dodgers' organization but was shut down after he was included in the deal to acquire Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. He was shut down because the Dodgers could not move De La Rosa until after the season. With Boston, the young righty with the power arm and plus changeup will get a serious audition among the mix of starters competing for the final spot in the rotation during spring training. If he can not harness the fastball command or develop a legitimate third pitch, De La Rosa could be moved to the bullpen as a late-inning reliever, a transition that would likely start at Triple-A Pawtucket.
De La Rosa jumped from Double-A to the big leagues last May, showing flashes of his top-of-the-rotation type ability by averaging 96 mph with his fastball on his way to a 3.71 ERA and 8.90 K/9IP in 60.2 innings. As so often happens with young arms it seems, De La Rosa then got hurt and ultimately underwent Tommy John surgery in early August. It's far from a death sentence given he's just 23, but don't expect to see De La Rosa back on a big league mound until August at best. He's a guy to target in keeper leagues with an eye toward 2013 and beyond.
Named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, 2011 is shaping up to be De La Rosa's year to burst onto the prospect scene. In 110.1 innings between Low-A and Double-A, De La Rosa posted a 2.37 ERA and 94:38 K:BB while reportedly hitting as high as 102 mph with his fastball. He'll open 2011 in Double-A, but this is a guy to watch in keeper leagues.
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Likely headed for Triple-A
PArizona Diamondbacks  F
March 5, 2019
The Diamondbacks feel De La Rosa may be best served starting the season at Triple-A Reno, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Dials it up in debut
PArizona Diamondbacks  F
February 27, 2019
De La Rosa (elbow) walked one batter in a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Padres.
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Agrees to minor-league deal with Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  F
November 8, 2017
De La Rosa (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
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Released by Diamondbacks
PFree Agent  F
September 1, 2017
De La Rosa (elbow) was released by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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Undergoes successful Tommy John surgery
PArizona Diamondbacks  F
August 22, 2017
De La Rosa (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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