Tigers Scouting Report #7: Edgar De La Rosa

Edgar De La Rosa was always an easy prospect to spot because of his enormous size, but in 2014, he put what he could do with that size on display, vaulting up the prospect charts into the TigsTown Top Ten. What makes him so dangerous, and could we see him in Detroit this year?

Edgar De La Rosa


Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 11/20/1990 (2015 Opening Day Age: 24)
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), #8 (2015)

Background: Signed as an 18-year old in February 2009, De La Rosa debuted in the DSL that summer with a 5.70 ERA in 17 games. Returning to the DSL in 2010, he posted a 4.43 ERA in 65 innings, and followed that up with a 3.19 ERA in his Stateside debut in the GCL in 2011. With short-season Connecticut in 2012, De La Rosa broke out with a 3.10 ERA in 15 starts while showing improved raw stuff. Promoted to the full-season level in 2013, De La Rosa’s performance ebbed and flowed, resulting in a 5.61 ERA in a career high 120.1 innings. ‘De La’ logged 26 starts with High-A Lakeland in 2014, posting a 3.30 ERA and winning seven games.


2014 Stats - Pitching
Lakeland 26260139.01161364515391113.301.227-9

Scouting Report

Body: Extra-large frame; has filled out considerably over the last 2-3 years; long arms and legs; massive hands; impressive strength throughout lower half and torso; surprisingly athletic; gaining coordination.

Delivery/Mechanics: Lots of parts to control in the delivery; arms and legs flying everywhere; refined ability to work down the plane of the mound; 3/4 arm slot; extremely steep angle to the plate thanks to extreme height and long arms; still struggles to maintain consistency.

Fastball: Extreme range in FB velocity; two-seam will work 91-93 mph but not thrown regularly; varies four-seam FB from 94-100 mph; loses life and control when working in the 97-100 mph range but has it in his pocket when needed; can throw strikes with 94-96 mph; mid-90s velocity offers life and explodes on hitters; velo plays up because of extension and release point being slightly closer to home plate than other pitchers; velocity likely to settle in 95-97 range to be useable and will find higher when needed to elevate and blow it past hitters. Grade – Present 6+/Future 7

Slider: Starting to gain consistency but still below average; mid-80s velocity; doesn’t always snap it off and generate quality spin; has some trouble getting the ball to come out of his large hands cleanly and with velocity/spin; at its best pitch shows some tilt and enough break to miss barrels; unlikely to make significant gains given where issues arise with offering; fringe pitch that can play off power FB in relief role. Grade – 4+/5

Changeup: Previously considered best secondary offering; lags behind SL at this point; hands choke velocity out of ball even with good arm speed and similar arm slot; pitch shows some fade at times but struggles to carry success with pitch into game situations; below-average pitch; unlikely to see developmental focus with move to bullpen. Grade – 4/4

Control/Command: Still struggles to throw strikes as mechanical consistency continues to be an issue; will overthrow and completely lose the strike zone at times; sees stretches where he pounds the strike zone but lacks ability to move to the edges and finds too much hard contact because he lives over the heart of the plate too often; control projection may limit ultimate ceiling.

Other: Plus makeup; 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: Enormous frame; tons of length in arms and legs; body adds leverage to pitches and helps FB slice through strike zone at a steep angle; FB can reach 100 mph but works better and is controlled better in 95-96 mph range; CH may move to scrap heap with move to bullpen; SL is playing better in relief, showing more consistency and added tightness; profile fits in relief if he can refine control to avoid the middle of the plate; won’t miss a ton of bats, but could work in 7th inning role.

Risk: Moderate risk; Move to bullpen lowers risk profile; has been finding early success at Double-A and nearing big league readiness.

Projection: Move to the bullpen has been on the horizon for quite some time; raw stuff plays better in role and suggests high-leverage arm but below-average control limits projection; potential 7th inning arm at peak and could arrive in Major Leagues by end of 2015 or early 2016.

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