September 2010

Dodger Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Rubby De La Rosa

Get to know Rubby De La Rosa. The hard-throwing Dominican-born Dodger pitching prospect is the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

De La Rosa is one of those players who wows scouts and flummoxes batters. He began the season with the Dodgers’ Single-A partner, the Great Lakes Loons and went 4-1 with a 3.19 ERA. He pitched in 14 games, starting five. In 59.1 innings, he struck out 55 batters.

In late July, the 6-1, 170-pound right-hander was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga, where he finished out the season and flourished.

The 21-year-old from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic went 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA for the Lookouts. In eight games, all starts, he struck out 39 batters in 51 innings. He didn’t allow more than three earned runs in any game. He gave up three earned runs just once during that period.

All told, he was 7-2 with a 2.37 ERA in 22 games in 2010, striking out 94 batters to 38 walks in 110.1 innings.

La Gran Fiesta

The performers for La Gran Fiesta at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 19 range from one of People En Español’s 50 Most Beautiful to artists with L.A. roots in a multi-musical genre celebration.

 

La Gran Fiesta is the grand finale of the free Viva Los Dodgers Day festivals. It will take place in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, with gates opening at 9:45 a.m. and the concert beginning at 10 a.m.

 

The headliner is Dulce Maria, who has twice been selected to the People en Español’s 50 Most Beautiful list. The singer-songwriter and actress has been a pop star since she was 10 years old. Most recently she has been in the bands Jeans and the award-winning RBD. She is now a solo artist and is about to release her debut solo album Extranjera. Dulce Maria will hit the stage at 12:15 p.m.

 

Opening the show will be “El Gavilan” Ricardo Cerda. The young norteña artist from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico takes the stage at 10 a.m. Yolanda Perez’s Banda follows at 10:35 a.m. Perez was born in Los Angeles and has been described as “one of regional Mexican music’s chameleons.”

 

Vital, a Latin rock band from the San Joaquin Valley, will hit the stage at 11:10 a.m.

Sonsoles, an L.A.-based group with influences such as Ozomatli and Juanes, will perform its eclectic brand of music prior to Dulce Maria.

 

First pitch versus the Colorado Rockies is set for 1:10 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic culture, music and food beforehand.