Rubby De La Rosa will make his first start of the season tonight against Tampa.
If you're a certain type of fan, that might have sounded the same as "Tom Brady has magically turned 23 again." And if you're another type, you might have greeted that news as if I had written, "Grady Sizemore has signed an eight year deal." De La Rosa is one of the more polarizing prospects that the Sox have had over the last few years. Some say he could be the next ace of the staff and others don't see him as even bullpen ready right now.
Here's what we know:
-De La Rosa is a 25 year old Dominican native who has good size (6'1, 205). He arrived in Boston as the "player to be named" in the massive trade with the Dodgers in 2012 that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett to LA.
-He played sparingly for the Red Sox last year, making 11 appearances out of the bullpen and pitching 11.1 innings. He went 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA, allowing seven runs on 15 hits with two walks.
-De La Rosa has impressed in his ten starts with Pawtucket this season. He is 2-3 with a 3.04 ERA and 52 K's in 53.1 innings pitched. His WHIP is an impressive 1.22 right now, making him a solid candidate to make today's spot start.
The Red Sox Farm System is often touted as one of the deepest in the American League, and De La Rosa will have a chance to prove it tonight in matchup with Tampa that is guaranteed to be very tense. Personally, I believe that De La Rosa is primed to have a great start. This will be his first start with the Red Sox and if you believe the hype machine, which in this case I do, you could be looking at the next big thing. The young talent in the system has been a major storyline lately, with the recent success of Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, and De La Rosa will be another chapter in this story.
But if it comes down to it, let's hope his aim is better than Workman's.
First pitch tonight will be at 7:15 on FOX.