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De La Rosa giving hitters the slip

Wilkins De La Rosa

Wilkins De La Rosa's days as an outfielder are long behind him as he continues to become a presence on the mound. He signed with the Yankees in 2001 and became a pitcher when his hitting game struggled. The strong lefty continues with the reinvention of his game that started a little over a year ago.

De La Rosa joined the Tampa Yankees last year after being promoted from the Charleston Riverdogs where he posted a 4-2 record with a 1.15 ERA in eight starts. While his fastball ranges from 88 to 93 mph and remains a rather solid pitch for him, he focuses on his 78-82 mph slider as well as his 82-84 mph changeup, which he said is his most improved pitch. "My changeup is a lot better than it...

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