02/24/11 4:13 PM EST
R. De La Rosa opening eyes at Dodgers camp
By Jesse Sanchez and Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"There's been a lot of talk about him. His stuff has been electric but again, he's a younger guy that is coming. But he's got to keep proving so I don't want to anoint anybody," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We have good reports about Rubby and he obviously has a bright future, but he has to continue to go out and get better and improve."
Last year, De La Rosa went a combined 7-2 with six saves and a 2.37 ERA in 22 games (13 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Class A Great Lakes and was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He opened the season as a reliever but was moved to the starting rotation and earned a promotion to Double-A by going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA.
"It was a great experience last season because I was around a lot of players that know baseball and I learned a lot," said De La Rosa, who will turn 22 a week from Friday. "I worked very hard to be here. They tell me they have big plans for me. For me, my goal this year is to start the season with the big league team."
Barajas reminisces about World Series win
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's been a decade since Rod Barajas won a World Series title with the D-backs, but he said it still feels like it was yesterday.
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"I can't believe it's been 10 years," said Barajas, 35. "I look back and it makes me feel really old but I remember running out on the field and jumping on all the guys and the celebration in the locker room. Time goes by but those are memories you don't forget. It's not just me, it's my family, my wife, all of us."
Next week, Barajas and his old teammates will get a chance to reminisce about the good times and revisit Luis Gonzalez's game-winning single in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the Fall Classic against the Yankees when the Baseball Assistance Team celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 2001 World Series champions at the Inaugural Celebrity Ball for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner.
"It changed a lot of things," Barajas said. "We won and I was able to buy a home in Scottsdale because of it. We still live there."
Barajas, who hit a home run in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series, along with Milwaukee's Craig Counsell, 40, and St. Louis pitcher Miguel Batista, 40, are the only active players from Arizona's championship roster in big league camp this spring.
It's the catcher's goal to be the last one standing -- well, squatting.
"There are only a handful of us left," said Barajas, who signed with Arizona in 1996 after a tryout at a junior college. "To be the last one and to still be able to put on the uniform and go out there means that I've survived in this game. It means I wasn't a fluke and I established myself as a Major League player."
Troncoso hopes winter ball helps comeback
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso used to pitch in the Dominican Republic each winter because he liked to throw in front of a hometown crowd.
He suited up for the Toros del Este last winter and in the Caribbean Series earlier this month because it was necessary.
Troncoso, who struggled on the mound last season, is competing for a spot in the bullpen against a list of candidates that includes Scott Elbert, Ron Mahay, Carlos Monasterios, John Ely, Jon Link, and Roman Colon.
"The winter helped me come to Spring Training ready, and for me, that's very important," Troncoso said. "I just want to work on things and get better. You get to this level and there is always something you have to work on. It's a daily process against the competition."
Last season, Troncoso went 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 innings for the Dodgers and 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 22 innings at Triple-A. In 2009, he went 5-4 with a 2.72 ERA in 82 2/3 innings.
He said command of his sinker is the key to repeating his success from two seasons ago.
"I feel good about it. It's better than it was last year," Troncoso said. "I've made a few mechanical adjustments that I think will help me."
Job fair returns to Dodger Stadium on Saturday
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers and the Dodgers Dream Foundation will hold the 16th annual community job fair Saturday at Dodger Stadium, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT.
Job seekers can join more than 100 companies from the public and private sector, including Amtrak, El Super, Excel Paving, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Fire and Police Departments, Levy Restaurants, Los Angeles Unified School District, Pacific Asian Consortium & Employment, Southern California Gas Company, University of Southern California, United States Secret Service, W Hollywood Hotel and the Dodgers.
Parking and admission are free. Free shuttle service will also be provided into the stadium from the corner of Elysian Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard and Elysian Park Avenue and Stadium Way. Participants are encouraged to dress in business attire and bring multiple copies of their current resume. On-site interviews will occur and many companies will be hiring on site. Additionally, the Southeast Community Development Corporation will have a mobile technology unit on site to provide assistance to the job seekers, including formatting and printing their resumes.
Last year, more than 10,000 participants were present and approximately 1,500 found employment as a result of the event.
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.