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Franklin De La Rosa

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Franklin De La Rosa

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 192 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Franklin De La Rosa has pitched in France and Italy and for the French national team.

De La Rosa worked out at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic but did not get signed by a MLB team; instead, the Rouen Huskies signed him on the advice of Rene Leveret. [1] He barely pitched for Rouen in 2018, though (2 R, 7 BB, 5 K in 2 2/3 IP). He was active with another French squad, the La Rochelle Boucaniers. He was their second-best hitter (.355/.423/.403, 14 R in 18 G, 7 SB, 0 CS) but struggled on the hill (1-3, 9.17). He struck out 41 in 35 1/3 IP but walked 50. Only two qualifiers in the French Division I had higher ERAs and he led the league in walks by 10. His 19 wild pitches were more than double anyone else's but he made the top 10 in whiffs. [2]

For 2019, he moved to Grosseto in the Italian minors, Serie A2. He pitched better (9 BB, 12 K in 12 IP; 3.75) but didn't hit as well (.222/.371/.259, 7 BB in 9 G). [3] Given his track record in France, his inclusion for France's entry in the 2019 European Championship would seem a surprise. He did just fine in his two games, though. Against Austria, he relieved Dan Camou in the 9th with a 12-6 lead. He allowed a single to Moritz Scheicher but got Tobias Schermer on a grounder and whiffed Samuel Hackl and Benjamin Salzmann. Versus Israel, he wrapped up a loss, relieving Yoann Vaugelade with a 7-2 deficit in the bottom of the 7th, two outs and the bases loaded, not a good situation for a wild hurler. He walked Robb Paller to force in a run but got Zach Penprase to hit into a force to end it. In the 8th, he allowed a Jeremy Wolf double but struck out former major leaguer Ty Kelly, got Blake Gailen swinging for his 4th K and retired former big league starter Danny Valencia. For the 2019 Euros, only Lilian Amoros worked more innings for France without being charged with a run. [4]