2018 Twins Highlights: Super Rosario and La Tortuga
Image courtesy of © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsBoth Rosario and Astudillo were already featured in the first installment of this 2018 Twins Highlights series, which took a look back at the walk-off wins.
The 2018 season may eventually be remembered as the year Joe Mauer hung ‘em up (don’t worry, I’ll get to him in this series a little later), but the one player who consistently made me glad that I kept tuning in was Eddie Rosario.
Earlier this month, we crowned Rosario Twins Daily’s 2018 Most Valuable Player, he was also the team’s most electric player to watch this season. Super Rosario, as he was portrayed on a T-shirt from Sota Stick, led the team in virtually every offensive statistic and was a superhero on the bases and in the field.
Rosario is among the most aggressive players in the league, and sometimes that risk-taking mentality gets him burnt, but he seems to be getting a better feel for when to put the pedal to the medal as his career has progressed.
Get your popcorn ready. Here’s a look back at some of his memorable plays on the bases …
… in the field …
… and a collection of all his best throws from the outfield.
Unfortunately, Rosario’s year was cut short in mid-September by a quad injury, but by then a new, unlikely hero had emerged: La Tortuga. Willians Astudillo appeared in fewer than 30 games with the Twins this season, but somehow managed to amass the equivalent of a full year’s worth of highlights. Here's a couple minutes of Astudillo that's sure to brighten up your day.
I don’t have a highlight package to share for him, but I feel Eduardo Escobar deserves an honorable mention in this sort of highlight player of the year conversation we’re having. Prior to being dealt to the Diamondbacks, Esky was a joy to watch. He was cracking doubles at a historic pace and battled his tail off every day.
That does it for this week’s look back at 2018, make sure to let me know in the comments who your favorite player was to watch this season.
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