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Hello, my name is: Eury de la Rosa

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After a largely unimpressive first season, de la Rosa saw more action in 2014. What does the SnakePit think of our rookie left-handed reliever?

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.

Eury de la Rosa - LHP

  • DOB: 2/24/1990
  • 2014 Salary: League minimum
  • 2014 performance: 25 games, 36.2 IP, 2.95 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 32 K, 14 BB, 2-0 record
  • 2014 value: 0.6 bWAR, 0.2 fWAR.

de la Rosa began this season in the minors, but was called up on July 5, as a replacement left-hander alongside Oliver Perez, after the trade of Joe Thatcher to the Angels. However, he wasn't particularly used as a LOOGY, with 61.4% of his appearances being against right-handed hitters. Instead, Eury was almost another long reliever, with nine of his 25 outings being for two innings or more. This culminated in a four-inning appearance against the Nationals on August 19, which at 65 pitches, was tied for second-longest by an Arizona reliever this year. But with Matt Reynolds likely back in 2015, will de la Rosa have a role in the Diamondbacks bullpen?