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De La Rosa Progressing Nicely

TAMPA, FL - Anyone who watches right-hander Simon De La Rosa pitch can see the top-shelf stuff almost instantly. However, watch him from start to start behind the scenes at Extended Spring Training and the progress being made in the other aspects of his game is palpable.

"This is a kid that has a good arm, is able to mix pitches, and so far he's had a firm command on his fastball," pitching coach Jose Rosado said of standout pitcher Simon De La Rosa. Not a bad compliment for a pitcher who's only 20 years old. De La Rosa, a native of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, has been lauded for his biting fastball and powerful arm. Last season in the Dominican Summer...

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