Hacker, De La Rosa Added to 40-Man Roster

(PR) The New York Yankees announced today they have added left-handed pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa and right-handed pitcher Eric Hacker to the 40-man roster.

De La Rosa, 23, was 9-4 with a 2.11 ERA (106.2IP, 72H, 35R, 25ER, 44BB, 125K) in 32 combined games (11 starts) with Single-A Charleston and Single-A Tampa in 2008, ranking fifth in the organization in strikeouts. He began the season in the bullpen and was 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA (49.1IP, 15ER) in 21 relief appearances. In his 11 starts, he went 6-3 with a 1.82 ERA (59.1IP, 12ER), limiting opponents to 2ER or less in each start.

Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in November 2001, De La Rosa was converted to a pitcher in 2007, going 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the GCL Yankees in his first action on the mound (24.0IP, 32K). The Dominican Republic native played his first five professional seasons (2002-06) as an outfielder, batting a combined .224 with three home runs and 88RBI in 287 games.

Hacker, 25, was 9-6 with a 2.43 ERA (144.1IP, 121H, 47R, 39ER, 37BB, 115K) in 26 combined starts with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2008, ranking second in the organization in ERA. He limited opponents to three runs or less in all but one start, including a stretch of four straight starts without giving up an earned run from 4/8-24 w/ Tampa (27.0IP, 7H, 2R, 2BB, 18K). On 4/8 vs. Dunedin (TOR), in his second start of the season (w/ Tampa), he threw 7.0 no-hit innings but did not record a decision. Hacker went 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two postseason starts for the Double-A champion Trenton Thunder, recording the win in Game 1 of the Eastern League Division Series and Game 1 of the Championship Series.

In six minor league seasons (2002-08), Hacker owns a 30-15 record with a 2.70 ERA in 75 games (67 starts). He was selected by the Yankees in the 23rd round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

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10 Responses to “Hacker, De La Rosa Added to 40-Man Roster”

  1. Rafi Says:

    Do you have a scouting report for Hacker? What’s his upside/most likely to be reached?

  2. River Avenue Blues | Yanks add two to 40-man Says:

    […] Mike Ashmore, the Yanks have added RHP Eric Hacker & LHP Wilkins DeLeRosa to the 40-man roster. Both players […]

  3. Peter Lacock Says:

    The 40 man will likely stay fluid for awhile. De La Rosa is one of those rare lefties. Maybe he’ll be a quick study. Hacker seems to have pretty good control which is more important than anything else. Average or above fastball, curve, slide, change. He also shows good poise. I’d say he’s a little below but at a similar stage to IPK, not ready for the big leagues yet. If he stays healthy and performs well, maybe next September he could get a look if there’s a need. Just one humble opinion. Depending how one might assess relative health, Hacker may have more trade value than IPK. Could this all be a precursor to the inevitable trade that’s coming in the next few weeks?

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Hacker could be in the big leagues late next year. Low 90’s fastball if I remember correctly, with good secondary stuff. I don’t think he has the stuff (right now) to where a conversion to reliever would be beneficial for him, so he’d have to make it as a starter.

    Right now, I think he’d be a good #4 starter in the big leagues, maaaaaaaybe a #3.

    Have exchanged a few e-mails with him, by the way, so I may have some quotes for you guys in a few days.

  5. Thunderstruck Says:

    Mike – who won the autographed baseball? 10/31 was the drawing correct?
    Hear anything about Thunder players in the Arizona Fall League/Hawaiin Winter League? Curious if anyone is standing out or coming up small.

    Congrats to the Phils – 24 more and they’ll be even with the Yanks.

  6. tdevils Says:

    Was planning on posting an AFL update this week…

    The deadline for entries was the 31st, I will be holding the drawing this week to see who wins.

  7. dan Says:

    How many people entered the drawing?

  8. tdevils Says:

    Haven’t counted, but I’m thinking 60-70…

  9. GrumpyDad4 Says:

    Mike,
    Do you have any favorite non-subscription websites that you like to use to get scouting information? I look here and at Chad Jennings site.

  10. thunderbaseball Says:

    Honestly, not really. The BA handbook is very helpful…but there really aren’t any good, free scouting sites that I know of. I try really, really hard to rely on what I see and not to be influenced by what others have seen or written about, so perhaps it’s good for me anyway.

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