After being no-hit last night by the Columbia Fireflies the Charleston RiverDogs look to take the opening series of the season with a victory tonight. On the mound for Charleston will be 22-year old right-handed pitcher Simon De La Rosa.
De La Rosa, a native of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic is one of the hardest throwers in the Yankees farm system. He possesses a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid-90s and has topped out at 97 MPH at times. He compliments it with a slurve and changeup. Over his career he has a 10-6 record with a 3.95 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings pitched. This is his first chance to pitch above Rookie-Ball having spent the last 3 seasons in the Dominican Summer League, the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League respectfully.
Last season was Simon’s best season so far, earning a 6-2 record with a 3.71 ERA over 13 games, 7 starts, for the Pulaski Yankees. He struck out 67 batters over 53 1/3 innings for the Yankees newest affiliate, earning him the promotion this year to the Charleston RiverDogs. He did appear in the pre-season exhibition game on April 6 against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans where he pitched 3 innings out of the bullpen allowing 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 3 of the 12 batters he faced.
The RiverDogs are not looking to repeat last night’s no-hitter. The have the second lowest hit total in the league with 14 combined base hits over 3 games, but they also have the second highest walk total with 16 walks over that time frame. As a team Charleston is hitting just .157 for the season.