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Adonis Rosa pitching against the Brooklyn Cyclones on Opening Day 2016 (Robert M. Pimpsner/RMP Sports Media, Inc.)

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Pitchers to Watch in 2017: Adonis Rosa

The New York Yankees have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, if not the best.  With that comes a lot of top-level talent that becomes household names in the fan base.  But aside from the big names the fans already know there are several players throughout the system that they should also keep an eye on in 2017.

Right-handed pitcher Adonis Rosa was signed by the New York Yankees in December 2013 as an international free agent. He went on to make his professional debut in 2014 as a member of the Dominican Summer League Yankees.  The 6-foot 1-inch tall native of Santiago, Dominican Republic appeared in 12 games that season, making three starts, and earned a 1.62 ERA in 39 innings.

His strong performance in the Dominican Republic earned him a promotion state-side to the Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League in 2015.  As a regular of the Pulaski rotation, he earned a 7-2 record with a 3.93 ERA in 55 innings over 11 games.

Adonis Rosa earned his first win of the season after throwing 84 pitches in the game. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Adonis Rosa earned his first win of the season after throwing 84 pitches June 29. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

This past season he began the season as the opening day starter for the Staten Island Yankees.  With the Baby Bombers, he went 2-1 in 6 games, five starts earning a 1.32 ERA.  On June 29, he went a career-high seven innings, earning the win in a shutout victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades where he struck out seven batters and allowed just four hits.

Rosa received a promotion to the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League on July 22, 2016.  After being promoted, he would start in 8 games for the RiverDogs, allowing 14 earned runs over 44 innings and striking out 46 batters.  On August 21 against the Greenville Drive, he would strike out a career-high nine batters in the game while earning the win after six innings of 2-hit baseball.

This offseason he is working out of the bullpen for Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League.  So far he has thrown two innings in 1 game, allowing just a walk and striking out a batter.  He is furthering developing his pitching ability, continuing the progress he made during the 2016 season with Staten Island and Charleston.

Armed with a low-90s fastball he tries to get the ball down in the strike zone and get the hitters off balance.  Rosa compliments his fastball with a changeup and a curveball, learning to use all three pitches to great results.

At 160 pounds, he is rather slim, and during this season he is working on building up his strength and further developing his three pitches.

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