Showing posts with label Wilkins De La Rosa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wilkins De La Rosa. Show all posts

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Chuck Knoblog Minor League Awards: Biggest Surprise

Well, since the minor league season is over at some levels, and the playoffs are starting at others, I have decided to give out my minor league awards. There will be six in total, and each will be announced over the next six days, the first one coming today:
Biggest Surprise:
And the Knobby goes to.......
Wilkins De La Rosa, 21, LHP, High-A Tampa
De La Rosa is a converted outfielder in just his second year of pitching. Last year in the GCL, he pitched 24.0 innings with a 2.63 ERA. Good numbers, but nobody was really expecting De La Rosa to do much this year, and nobody really considered him a prospect. Position player to pitcher conversions rarely work out, but so far, De La Rosa has pitched very well. He began this year in Low-A Charleston, and threw 90.1 innings to the tune of a 2.29 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 10.96 K/9, 3.89 BB/9, .2 HR/9 and 5.98 H/9. He was then promoted to High-A Tampa, where he continued to pitch well. In 16.1 IP, he had a 1.10 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, 8.27 K/9, 2.76 BB/9, 0 HR/9 and 6.61 H/9.

Next Years Outlook: De La Rosa will likely begin next year in Tampa with a possible promotion to Trenton later in the year. His mid-nineties fastball is already good, he just needs to develop his secondary pitches. De La Rosa has a long way to go, buthe probably has the highest ceiling of any lefthander in the Yankees system.