Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Bowman Sterling Rubby De La Rosa Autograph

I love red, white and blue Dodger hat.
The Dodgers had a handful of  youngsters make their debuts in 2011. One of the more memorable debuts was from the hard throwing Rubby De La Rosa, the Dodgers 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The 22 year-old was called up from AA Chattanooga on May 24 and  he pitched that very same day, throwing a scoreless eighth inning against Houston. He retired the side in order, striking out two Astros.

Rubby made his first career start two weeks later in Philadelphia. He walked five batters in the first two innings, but settled down  nicely to pick up the W. He would appear in 13 games for the Dodgers last year, starting ten of those games. De La Rosa's fastball regularly clocked in the high 90's, even hitting 100 MPH. He finished the year 4-5 with a 3.71 era and 60 strikeouts in 60.2 innings after suffering a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament. He would undergo Tommy John Surgery in August.

This was one of the more heartbreaking injuries in 2011 which also affected 2012. I really thought he would have a spot in the starting rotation in '12. With Ned Colletti signing Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang through 2013, a spot in the rotation two years from now seems unlikely. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Anyway, when I found out Rubby had a couple of autograph cards in the 2011 Bowman Sterling set, I knew I had to get my hands on one. As a matter of fact, I got my hands on three of them, one of which is going to Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle. If anyone is interested in the third, just comment below, I'm open for a trade.