Lefty Jorge De La Rosa is back in the Rockies organization after officially inking a minors deal with the club. His initial destination is not yet known, but it may be that he’ll begin with some time at extended spring training.
De La Rosa found himself in Colorado after a few rough seasons to open his career. Over nine years with the Rockies, he made two hundred starts and pitched to a 4.35 ERA.
Now 38 years of age, De La Rosa will return to the organization after two years spent with the Diamondbacks and Cubs. He has been utilized exclusively in a relief role of late, and it seems reasonable to presume he’ll continue to do so.
While he struggled to open the 2018 season, De La Rosa picked up steam upon landing in Chicago later in the year. He spun 21 innings of 1.29 ERA ball over 17 appearances with the Cubbies, compiling twenty strikeouts against eight walks and 14 hits.
For the Rockies, the addition brings a familiar southpaw with ample experience pitching at altitude. Veteran lefties Jake McGee and Chris Rusin are on the inured list at present, increasing the appeal of adding De La Rosa.