According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced after tonight’s game that Rubby De La Rosa will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Clay Buchholz’s spot in the rotation and start against the Rays.
De La Rosa was acquired from the Dodgers in 2012 in the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles. The 25-year-old has pitched well at the Triple-A level this season, putting up a 3.04 ERA and 52/23 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings over 10 starts.
De La Rosa made one relief appearance with the Dodgers in 2012 and 11 with the Red Sox last year, but this will be his first start in the majors since his rookie season in 2011. The hard-throwing right-hander compiled a 3.71 ERA and 60/31 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings that year prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Remember Manny Banuelos? He was once a top pitching prospect for the Yankees and then, apparently disappeared from the face of the earth. Or at least it felt like it. Now he’s in the news, however, as the Dodgers have signed him to a minor league contract.
OK, Banuelos didn’t disappear. He was traded to the Braves in 2015, had a cup of coffee with them, pitching pretty ineffectively in seven big league games, was released by Atlanta in the middle of 2016 and then latched on with the Angels. This past season he posted a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Banuelos pitched in the Future’s Game in 2009 and was a star in the Arizona Fall League in 2010. He was a top-50 prospect heading into 2011 before falling to Tommy John surgery in 2012. With Atlanta he suffered some bone spur problems and then some elbow issues that never resulted in surgery but which never subsided enough for him to fulfill his potential either. He suffered injuries. A lot of pitchers do.
It’s unrealistic to think that Banuelos will fulfill the promise he had six years ago, but he’s worth a minor league deal to see if the 26-year-old can at least be a serviceable reliever.