Tigers Scouting Report #32: Edgar De La Rosa

Anyone that had the chance to see West Michigan in 2013 likely saw one kid stand out, and that was 6-6, 240-pound mammoth human being, Edgar De La Rosa. Beyond his size and despite his struggles, De La Rosa packs a punch with his offering.

Edgar De La Rosa

Vitals

Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 11/20/1990 (2014 Opening Day Age: 23)
Height/Weight: 6-6/240
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2009
Ranking History: #135 (2010), #126 (2011), #72 (2012), #18 (2013), #32 (2014)

Background: Signed as a draft-eligible sophomore in the sixth round in 2012, John spent the entire 2013 season with full-season West Michigan, pitching better as the season went along and proving he could handle a heavy workload in his first full professional season.

Performance:

2013 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
West Mich 25220120.114068375417855.611.508-6


Scouting Report

Body: Enormous frame; massive guy; some of the longest arms and legs in the system; surprisingly thick, strong body given long frame; very good strength in legs; broad shoulders that help the upper body hold considerable muscle; ridiculously huge hands; plus-plus body with quality coordination.

Delivery/Mechanics: Lots of arms and legs; doesn't maintain delivery from one pitch to the next; works down the plane of the mound well; good ¾ arm slot that helps accentuate steep angle generated by height/length; landing foot varies from side to side, leading to considerable control problems; delivery will never be clean and consistent but can be improved with work/experience.

Fastball: Has ability to sit 96-97 when he airs it out; frequently backs off and sits 91-93 with leverage and life; FB bores on RHH; high-intensity pitch in upper velo range; can dominate hitters when thrown with command; velo can appear more than radar gun readings thanks to length in frame and "closer" release point; impressive pitch that plays better in short bursts. Grade – Present 5+/Future 7

Slider: Worst offering; thrown hard in mid-80s; lacks consistent tight spin; often floats at the plate rather than showing darting/sharp movement; may play better in short bursts but hasn't had opportunity to work on pitch in this setting; borders on well below-average at present; minimal projection in current role; projection could be revised with role change.. Grade – 3/4

Changeup: Really made progress over the last two years; potential quality second pitch; shows arm-side fade at best; will slow arm on occasion, but when the arm speed stays up, pitch has good deception; plays well off FB with good velo separation; large hands choke the pitch out and provide good change of pace; potential solid-average CH with continued work and additional consistency; will be second-best pitch. Grade – 4/5+

Control/Command: Can throw strikes with FB and CH; lacks ability to locate pitches to both sides of the plate; has frequent success pushing FB inside on RHH and really challenges in this regard; needs to learn to move FB to outer corner more consistently; doesn't elevate FB consistently and could stand to do that more frequently; control/command of SL is non-existent; below-average control at present; delivery/mechanics don't lend to control/command projection; may never have ability to locate to allow him to stick as a starter; refined location won't matter as much in short bursts.

Other: Great kid; plus makeup; has improved mound presence and emotional control; works hard to stay within himself; tremendous work ethic off the field; transformed body from skinny frame to muscular beast of a man; gets off the mound well despite his size; some feel for fielding his position; intelligent; could have future in game after playing career.

Final Word

Summary: Massive guy with FB projection and potentially useable CH; SL lags behind and may never be reliable pitch; control/command are an issue and always will be; has physicality and FB to intimidate in late innings; good intelligence; plus makeup; has durability/strength to start but may fit better in bullpen.

Risk: High risk; continues building arm strength and workload; still not out of low-A; quality backup option in bullpen; still multi-grade jumps required in several areas.

Projection: Future as SP is getting dimmer; FB-led profile will play better in short stints; potential plus-plus heater with leverage; profiles as 7th/8th inning arm; two-plus years from MLB.

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