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Eric De La Rosa Scouting Report, Grossmont College — February, 2018

Full Name: Eric De La Rosa
Birthplace: Spring Valley, CA
School: Mt. Miguel HS
Height, Weight: 6’4”, 175 lbs.
Position: OF
Bats/Throws: R/R
Dates Observed: 2018 — January 30
Affiliate(s): Grossmont College (Pacific Coast Conference)
Previous Coverage: None

Tool (PV/FV)
Notes & Comments
Hit (25/35)
Feast or famine hitter who is going to strike out a lot. Power is off the charts, but he knows it and sells out for it to his pull side, killing his overall approach and leaving him open to get beat with off-speed down and away. Natural feel for leverage at the plate, even with his thin frame, and use of a big leg kick as a timing mechanism right now. Very poor pitch recognition; struggles to track spin and read pitches, particularly with breaking balls that leave him un-balanced and over-aggressive. Almost no approach to opposite field, and will roll over/pull out to pull side too often. Will need considerable time to develop hit tool enough where he’s not a complete black hole against pro pitching; if Eric De La Rosa plateaus in the minors, the hit tool will be the culprit.

Power (50/65)
Plus BP power with average game power already and some ability to actualize it by consistently putting the ball in the air with authority when he does make contact. Above-average bat speed; draws a ton of leverage from his lean frame and will only produce more as he grows. Will kill anything hard, particularly on the inner half, but pitch recognition gives him trouble and leaves him rolling over and swinging over off-speed stuff that he’s trying to pull out beyond the left-field fence with no luck. Power is his best tool at present and should remain his best moving forward; fun guy to watch take batting practice and chance to be a productive power hitter with age despite contact issues.

Glove (45/50)
Predominantly playing left field right now despite good defensive profile and great raw arm strength; no real reason given by staff, but he fits well there and has the athleticism and arm to fit at any of the three outfield spots long-term. Should become an above-average defender by virtue of speed/arm strength combination and natural size/fit to play the outfield with minimal transition there once in pro ball; likely enough foot speed to play center, but may ultimately fit better in right field with age.

Arm (55/60)
Great arm from the outfield; long release with great extension out front on throws; considerable velocity and good carry to his target. Will overthrow some and launch balls high, but clear arm strength there that;s enough to play all three positions. Reportedly touches 92-93 from the mound right now; projectable moving forward towards plus arm strength with age.

Speed (50/50)
Clocked him 4.29 and 4.33 to first base out of the RHH box; surprisingly good runner with athletic actions and decent running mechanics relative to his long, lanky, gangly body. Moves fairly well and should continue to do so as he grows into his body and fills out some. Athletic profile, and while it doesn’t feel like he’ll steal a lot of bases in the future, there’s some speed here to play up on the base paths, and particularly in the outfield.

Incredibly projectable body; listed at 6’4” and 195 lbs., and may be both taller and thinner than that. Very, very lean with plenty of room to add 20-30 pounds of muscle with age over the next few years; should help his power profile considerably and settle him into a middle-of-the-order role. San Jose State bounce-back who returned home to Grossmont College; coaching staff believes he’ll be drafted out of there in 2018; if not, he’s Division I quality-talent at his next four-year stop.

MLB Draft
Legitimate MLB Draft follow for 2018; raw, projectable body with considerable power makes him an attractive option out of Grossmont College. If not, will be a serious follow to his four-year stop next; very, very raw and likely to struggle quite a bit once into pro ball (rookie-level complex leagues would do him well right now), but the makings of some tools and the sheer projectability of his frame and game make De La Rosa one to track towards the MLB Draft right now.

OFP (50 FV)
Very high-risk here with considerable development ahead, particularly in his approach at the plate and ability to consistently put the barrel on the ball. Raw tools and projectabilty are all you can ask, and if he gets everything out of his game over the next few years, Eric De La Rosa has a chance to be an everyday corner outfielder in the big leagues with some serious pop from the right side of the plate and good speed and arm strength to aid his defensive profile. Real chance that he falls well short of it, though; strikeouts are a bugaboo, and De La Rosa is already more of a feast-or-famine hitter than most guys I watch at this level; uneasy with how that may play against pro pitching. Whoever drafts Eric De La Rosa is getting a long-term project, but if he develops, he’s got a shot to be a dude. MLB ETA: 2023.

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