Ex-Matador Leo Rosales Makes Debut with Diamondbacks

June 16, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Former Cal State Northridge pitcher Leo Rosales received a call-up to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night and made an appearance Sunday for the NL-West leading club. In Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Rosales tossed 1.2 innings of work for the Diamondbacks, scattering four hits while striking out two.

Rosales spent two seasons with the Matadors, working with head coach Steve Rousey during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2003, he finished that season with a 5-7 record and a 4.74 ERA, but fanned 117 opponents, the ninth-most in school history for a single season.

Against Big West Conference opponents, he held a 4-2 record with two saves and three complete games. Following the season, Rosales earned All-Big West Conference honors and was drafted in the 20th round by the San Diego Padres.

In 2002, Rosales ended up 3-2 in 26.2 innings of work, posting a 4.05 ERA with 20 strikeouts. Before joining the Matadors in 2002, Rosales spent two seasons with L.A. City College, pitching for current Matador assistant coach Robert McKinley.

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