On a day that the Los Angeles Dodgers discovered that former Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford was experiencing nerve issues in his surgically repaired elbow in his throwing arm, Rubby De La Rosa is wowing the Red Sox coaching staff and front office.
The Red Sox acquired De La Dosa from the Dodgers in last season’s mega-trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Crawford to the west coast. Along with De La Rosa, the Red Sox received Jerry Sands, Iván DeJesús, Jr., James Loney, and Allen Webster. Of course, the ideal reason for the Red Sox making this trade was the savings of over $250 million in future salary, but they also received a ‘gem’ of a pitcher in De La Rosa.
After missing half of 2011 and 2012 recovering from Tommy John Surgery, De La Rosa pitched in only a single game with the Dodgers in 2012. Now with the Red Sox, the team is getting their first look at the young pitcher. This spring, the 24-year old has allowed only one hit, with two strike outs in four inning of work over two games.
The outstanding performances this spring have raised questions wether De La Rosa might actually earn himself a spot on the Red Sox pitching staff coming out of camp. Most likely, De La Rosa will start the 2013 season in the Red Sox farm system. However, if he can keep it up, it won’t be long before he is up with the big club.
De La Rosa has been known to hit upwards of 100 mph on the radar gun at times, and according to former Red Sox starting pitcher and current special assistant to the general manger Pedro Martinez, “De La Rosa’s pure stuff could put him among the game’s elite players.”
The Red Sox will watch their prospect for the remainder of the spring, and Red Sox Nation will see if they truly did find a Rubby of a gem in the mega-trade with the Dodgers.
Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google. To read more articles from Justin Soderberg, click here.