Red Sox minor lines: Rubby De La Rosa finds his form

Hunter Martin

After early season struggles, Rubby De La Rosa may finally be finding his way back to full strength.

Pawtucket L 6-5 (In 15)

Box Score

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 3-5, 2B, BB, K
Jose Iglesias: 0-1, SB
Bryce Brentz: 1-6, HR, BB, K
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 1-6, BB, 4 K
Brock Holt: 1-5, BB, SB

Rubby De La Rosa: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Rubby De La Rosa started a game that would ultimately be finished by Drew Sutton pitching two innings. Go figure. Ignoring what would come later, however, this is certainly De La Rosa's best performance to date. Hopefully he's starting to catch up to the rest of the league in getting to full strength, and we'll start seeing out of him what we've seen out of the likes of Webster and Ranaudo to start the season.

Portland W 5-3

Box Score

Xander Bogaerts: 1-2, BB, SB
Travis Shaw: 0-3, BB, K
Michael Almanzar: 1-4, K
Christian Vazquez: 0-4

Brandon Workman: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Daniel Bard: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

So far this year Brandon Workman has been an extreme fly ball pitcher. He was never one to keep the ball on the ground, but what we've seen out of him these first few weeks takes it to another level. It's something to watch for, but given his results thus far, also not something to panic over.

Salem L 3-10

Box Score

Sean Coyle: 0-4, 2 K
Garin Cecchini: 3-4, 2 2B, HR, K, SB
Brandon Jacobs: 0-3, BB, 2 K
Keury De La Cruz: 0-4, K
David Renfroe: 1-3, 2B, BB
Blake Swihart: 0-4, K
Henry Ramos: 0-3, K

Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Sean Coyle may be fallible, but apparently Garin Cecchini is not. This game knocks him up to a 1.187 OPS on the season, 80 points higher than the second best in the Carolina League--which happens to belong to the aforementioned Mr. Coyle. This in a league where only four other players so much as break .900.

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