De La Rosa Named an IL All-Star

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Dane De La Rosa
Bulls closer Dane De La Rosa has been selected for the 2012 IL All-Star squad.

The International League recently announced the rosters for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo. Bulls closer Dane De La Rosa will represent Durham in the midsummer classic taking place at Coca-Cola Field on July 11.

De La Rosa leads the Bulls with a career-high seven saves on the season and holds a 3.43 ERA. Since posting a 6.10 ERA in April, De La Rosa has been lights out for Durham. In May and June, the 6’7″ righty owns a 2.48 ERA in 29.0 IP. This includes a stretch from 5/14 to 6/21 where the Southern Californian held a 0.45 ERA in 13 games, a total of 20.0 IP where he allowed just one earned run. He continues to lead relievers in the league with a .156 batting average against (21-for-135) as well as the highest strikeouts per 9.0 IP mark at 12.20 (53 SO in 39.1 IP).

After spending a year out of baseball (2006) and the better part of four seasons in three different independent leagues, De La Rosa signed a contract with the Rays prior to the start of the 2010 season. He finally got his big break last season, when his journey culminated with a promotion to Tampa Bay on July 19, 2011.

The Durham closer will join former Bulls Russ Canzler, Dan Johnson, Dioner Navarro and Chris Bootcheck on the IL squad in Buffalo. The game between International League and Pacific Coast League stars will be broadcast live from Coca-Cola Field on MLB Network, the American Forces Network, and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network.

Leslie Anderson Added To All-Star Game Roster

Leslie Anderson
Outfielder Leslie Anderson will join De La Rosa on the IL All-Star squad.

The International League later announced Leslie Anderson has been added to the roster for the Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY. Anderson, who replaces injured Charlotte outfielder Greg Golson, will start in the outfield for the IL in the midsummer classic taking place at Coca-Cola Field on July 11. This is the Cuban-born veteran’s first selection to a midseason All-Star team.

After leading active batters in hitting for the first three months of the season, Anderson remains in the top 10 in the league in average. He currently ranks sixth in the International League with a .307 (81-for-264) mark. In his second full season with the Bulls, the Cuban slugger leads Durham in all major offensive categories (.307, 8 HR, 34 RBI, .360 OBP, and .447 SLG).

Anderson is in his third season with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, signing in March of 2010 after defecting from Cuba. Since joining the Bulls at the end of the 2010 season he has been a mainstay at the DBAP, compiling a .294 batting average with 42 doubles, 23 HR and 112 RBI in 219 games with Durham.

The first baseman/outfielder will join Bulls closer Dane De La Rosa on the IL All-Star squad.

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