March 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
FORMER DIABLO, DELAROSA, MAKES STRIDES IN THE MAJORS
EL PASO- Just shy of three years ago during the 2009 season, Dane De La Rosa was pitching for the Diablos at Cohen Stadium. Among all of the Independent players still trying to climb to the majors this spring training, Tampa Bay reliever Dane DeLaRosa may have made the greatest stride.
DeLaRosa, 29, who is on the 40-man roster and got into seven games last season (0-0, 9.82), has had a terrific first five appearances. He has not been scored on, but it is the 11 strikeouts in 5.2 innings (six hits, three walks) that should be making some impact.
After his time with the Diablos, De La Rosa was signed by the Rays and spent 2010 divided between Charlotte (A+) and Montgomery (AA). This season, De La Rosa has been with Durham (AAA) with a 3.86 ERA, 50 strike outs in 46.2 innings. De La Rosa has a minor league total ERA of 2.71.
The right-handed pitcher started his pro career after being drafted by the New York Yankees in 2003. DeLaRosa spent 2003 and part of 2004 with the Gulf Coast League (RK), and the other part of 2004 with the New York-Penn League (Staten Island, NY).
DeLaRosa can look back on 4 seasons in Independent Baseball as being key in his development. DeLaRosa was in the Golden League in three separate seasons (Yuma, AZ, 2005; Long Beach, CA, 2007; Orange County, Fullerton, CA, 2008) and divided 2009 between the American Association (El Paso, TX) and Atlantic League (Southern Maryland, Waldorf) before Tampa Bay garnered his rights. Then, after one season (9-3, four saves, 1.97 in 47 relief appearances at Class AA Montgomery, AL plus two earlier outings in the Florida State League) the Rays decided he deserved a 40-man slot.
Except for one season (2006) Californian DeLaRosa has been pitching every year, and striking out more than one hitter per inning for his pro career.
The Diablos 2012 season starts May 17th. The new schedule boasts 9 Fridays, 9 Saturdays, and 8 Sundays. The Diablos will once again be hosting El Paso’s biggest and most exciting fireworks show for Independence Day with a homestand spanning from July 3 to July 10. Mark your summer holiday calendars since the Diablos will be home for both Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26 & 28-30), and Labor Day weekend to finish the season right (August 31 - September 3).
Discounted Season Ticket, Weekend Ticket, and Flex Pack Ticket Specials are on sale now for the 2012 season. For more information on these or on our upcoming season, please visit diablos.com or call (915)755-2000.