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2017 Arizona Diamondbacks Review: #35, Rubby de la Rosa

After signing a minor league deal to return to the D-backs, the inevitable reared its ugly head.

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  • Date of birth: March 4th, 1989
  • 2017 line: 9 games, 7.2 IP, 4.70 ERA, 12:4 K:BB
  • 2017 value: 0.1 bWAR
  • 2017 salary: minimum
  • SnakePit rating: 3.93

2017 analysis

Rubby was non-tendered after another injury scare caused him to undergo platelet-rich plasma injection into his injured elbow in an attempt to avoid his 2nd Tommy John surgery. It worked, as he healed enough to find himself back on the roster as a reliever in June after a successful minor league stint. Unfortunately the injection only served as a band-aid, as he hurt his elbow and was optioned after an uneventful 7 and 2/3rds innings with the Diamondbacks. He was released in September.

While the results weren’t what Rubby (or anyone) would’ve wanted, he did show promise in the bullpen and with some luck should find a spot on an MLB roster if an when he recovers.

2017 prospects

Rubby underwent his 2nd Tommy John surgery in August and it appears to have been successful. He won’t make an appearance in 2018. Could the D-backs sign him to another minor-league contract in 2019?