"There's been a lot of talk about him. His stuff has been electric but again, he's a younger guy that is coming. But he's got to keep proving so I don't want to anoint anybody," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We have good reports about Rubby and he obviously has a bright future, but he has to continue to go out and get better and improve."
Last year, De La Rosa went a combined 7-2 with six saves and a 2.37 ERA in 22 games (13 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Class A Great Lakes and was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He opened the season as a reliever but was moved to the starting rotation and earned a promotion to Double-A by going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA.
"It was a great experience last season because I was around a lot of players that know baseball and I learned a lot," said De La Rosa, who will turn 22 a week from Friday. "I worked very hard to be here. They tell me they have big plans for me. For me, my goal this year is to start the season with the big league team."