July 4, 2013 at 3:05 AM
Rubby De La Rosa and reliever Anthony Carter, two right-handed mainstays on the Pawtucket Red Sox pitching corps in 2013, were named Triple-A all-stars Wednesday for their impressive first halves. Both hurlers will play for the International League against the Pacific Coast League on July 17 in Reno, Nev.
De La Rosa (2-1) has posted a 2.47 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 58 1/3 innings spread out over 15 starts during his first season in the Red Sox system. He also owns an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.44) and and K/9 rate (9.41).
Although limited innings- and pitch count-wise early on, De La Rosa has gone deeper into games of late. His June 22 outing — six innings of one-hit, shutout ball against the Toledo Mud Hens (DET) — featured seven strikeouts and was arguably his best of the season.
Carter (1-0, 4.37 ERA), meanwhile, has served as Pawtucket's closer this season after signing as a minor league free agent following the 2012 season, his seventh as a member of the White Sox organization.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound 26-year-old has registered 13 saves for Pawtucket, using his 46 strikeouts in 33 innings to his advantage, and has been particularly sharp of late. In the last month, Carter owns a 2.84 ERA and 11.4 K/9 rate.
Former Sox farmhands Mauro Gomez and Kris Johnson, who now play in the Blue Jays and Pirates systems, respectively, will join De La Rosa and Carter on the IL squad.
Photo credit: Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Carter by Kelly O'Connor.
Tim Healey is a staff writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter @timbhealey.