RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: November 7, 1992
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Rocha has spent three years in the Latin American summer leagues since signing, improving each year. He’s been a strong groundball pitcher and had a good K rate in 2012.
VSL: 0-0-0, 6.30 ERA, 2.30 WHIP, 10.0 IP, 9.0 BB/9, 7.2 K/9
Rocha mostly struggled in very brief pro debut.
VSL: 4-2-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 54.2 IP, 4.3 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
Rocha returned to the VSL, pitching mainly as a starter. He was much more effective, although he had some control problems.
DSL: 6-1-0, 1.81 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 49.2 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 9.6 K/9
Having eliminated their VSL affiliate, the Pirates sent Rocha to the DSL. He pitched mainly in relief, although it didn’t cut into his innings total much. Despite the tougher league, he improved, with a much lower walk rate and more than a strikeout per inning. His ratio of groundouts to air outs was over two and a half to one.
Rocha was in camp in March and will probably head to the GCL in 2013.
2013: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
April 24, 2010: Signed as an international free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.