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  • Rosario could rise to the top in '13

    With a variety of top prospect list coming out at this time of year, there is plenty of talk about the high-ranking prospects in the Twins farm system. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton could be on their way to multiple All-Star appearances. Alex Meyer and Kyle Gibson could make up the starting rotation of the future.

    The Twins have some talent at the top of their farm system and this makes the next couple years of development very important. Some of these younger players will be working through their most important years in the minor leagues before they make their debut. An injury or poor play could see their stock fall exponentially.

    Plenty of the big name prospects for the Twins haven't made an appearance above the Single-A level. Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, and Alex Meyer are just a few of the players that will be trying to get to Double-A at some point in 2013.

    When it comes to minor league players, the Twins tend to take a conservative approach to moving players from one level to the next. The team doesn't want to rush players before they find success at their current level. This can help their confidence for the future and it can hurt their development if they are rushed.

    One player that could be a fast riser in the next couple of years is Eddie Rosario. He is considered a top 10 prospect in the organization but he has some attributes that could make it easier for him to rise to the top. Last season, the 20-year old spent the entire year in Beloit. This could be the year for him to jump multiple levels.

    Rosario was a fourth round pick by the Twins back in 2010. He signed quickly and got into over 50 games that year with the GCL Twins. He showed the ability to hit for average and mix in some power. These were great signs from an 18-year old but the best was yet to come.

    The 2011 season was amazing for Rosario. He had a stretch of baseball to finish the year that was eye-popping. As I wrote in the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook, "Rosario went on a hitting hot streak for the ages to help lead the E-Twins to the playoffs. During the teamís last 17 games, he hit 10 home runs to go along with four triples, a double, and an eye-popping .477 batting average."

    
His swing is very advanced for the level he is at in the minor leagues. Rosario's quick wrist allow him to power the ball to all fields and this could help him get to the top faster than his peers. For his career in the minor leagues, he is .310/.362/.538 hitter.

    The only thing holding him back at this point might be the Twins decision to move him to second base. He was a fine defender in center field but the team has a surplus of other prospects at that position. It seems like the Twins always need middle infield help. If he can continue his strong offensive showing and play adequate defense, he could be well on his way to Target Field.

    Another item helping Rosario in his development is his inclusion on Team Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic. He gets to spend the first few weeks of spring training in big league camp. This gives some of the coaches and front office personnel a closer look at him. His performance has been very good so it will be interesting to see how he does in the WBC.

    For the coming year, Rosario will likely start the year in Fort Myers but this shouldn't be his only stopping point in 2013. Getting to New Britain should not be out of the question for Rosario and he could even go as far as Rochester.

    Either way, Rosario should be knocking on the door to the big leagues by seasonís end...
    This article was originally published in blog: Rosario could rise to the top in '13 started by Cody Christie
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Now that Arcia looks to be on the cusp of joining the big league team, Rosario may be taking his spot as my favorite dark horse candidate to shine. It's hard not to be impressed with how he's been playing the past couple of years and this spring only strengthens his stock.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      I have said it for over a year now. He is the lop prospect on my list. I believe that he can put up mauer MVP season numbers after a few years in the majors. Maybe a slightly lower average though
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Love Eddie, clearly the new position will likely be the main reason for non-advancement. If he can hold his own at 2B he could move up fast. With his more polished and mature hitting approach, I think it's likely that the Ft. Myers stop will be the one that breaks up the dynamic duo of Sano/Rosario, if only temporarily. I'd expect Rosario to handle the more advanced off-speed and breaking pitches better than the slugger.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      The ''quick hands' comment is interesting. Suggests that he may not be as vulnerable as some to have his production fall off as he meets better pitching. Very encouraging prospect. Would love to see him get to AA this year.

      Rosario is the number one reason I would like to see Dozier get another shot at SS. Dozier's minor league numbers suggest he may succeed at MLB. I would rather not put Dozier in a position to block Rosario. I believe Rosario will run over anyone in his way.
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      I think Eddie will repeat what Oswaldo did last year--start at Fort Myers, and make it to New Britain halfway through the year. I want to see Rosario and Santana play together, because that could be our middle infield combo as soon as 2014/2015.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN View Post
      The ''quick hands' comment is interesting. Suggests that he may not be as vulnerable as some to have his production fall off as he meets better pitching. Very encouraging prospect. Would love to see him get to AA this year.
      Rosario is the number one reason I would like to see Dozier get another shot at SS. Dozier's minor league numbers suggest he may succeed at MLB. I would rather not put Dozier in a position to block Rosario. I believe Rosario will run over anyone in his way.
      We've been complaining on this board about the lack of middle infield options most of the off-season. Next year there is a possiblity the team will have Rosario, Dozier and Danny Santana all looking like exciting options.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      -The scouts are mostly saying that he only has gap power (10-15 HR's and a lot of doubles) despite his great numbers so far. I will be watching very closely to see if he puts on a show in the FSL to prove them wrong. I also own him in my fantasy league...
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
      -The scouts are mostly saying that he only has gap power (10-15 HR's and a lot of doubles) despite his great numbers so far. I will be watching very closely to see if he puts on a show in the FSL to prove them wrong. I also own him in my fantasy league...
      I wouldn't expect his past pace of HR to continue at Ft. Myers, the league generally supresses power. For a lot of guys it increases again at New Britain.
    1. Hoosier_Twinsfan's Avatar
      Hoosier_Twinsfan -
      Good article. So far so good with Rosario. Will watch him in the WBC and see if he continues to hold his own. The future definitely seems to bright for Eddie Rosario.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Another Rosario fan! Great. Keep the optimistic thoughts going. The tone of these comments is refreshing.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      If Eddie could have Pedroia-like numbers in the show, I'd be ecstatic! Perfect for the #2 slot behind Buxton, and ahead of Arcia (or Mauer).
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
      I have said it for over a year now. He is the lop prospect on my list. I believe that he can put up mauer MVP season numbers after a few years in the majors. Maybe a slightly lower average though
      I have him in the top-5 for sure, but I cannot agree on the HR's...He might be a 15 homer guy in Minnesota, but not 28 like Mauer hit his MVP year.
      Awesome hitter though. Should be ready a year from now, but probably won't be starting 2014 in Minnesota
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Caved in face? No problem. Eddie's "Rosa Rio" - Blogs - Minnesota Twins News & Rumors Forum

      Eddie is a baller
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      1). I sure hope Rosario succeeds as projected above. 2). Dozier won't be blocking anybody. 3). If Rosario puts up the numbers projected above, he'll blow by everybody in the Twins' infield. People will be saying Doz-who? 4). It sure would be nice to have a 2B who can actually hit.
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      Being worried about the Twins having too much middle infield talent the next couple years is an indicator that we should take nothing else you say seriously. As Kwak says, Dozier won't be blocking anybody (I'm sure he means anybody good). Right now the only player in the system who is in danger of being both good and in the MI is Rosario. The rest are mediocre or utility, with fingers crossed for Jorge Polanco.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I am on record as stating that Rosario reminds me of a young second baseman that broke in for the Braves sixty years ago. When I look at Rosario, I see the same player, body, athleticism, speed, bat speed and yes, quick hands/wrists.

      Looking at their 18 year old stats, in 194 at bats Rosario hit .294 average/.438 slugging in the GCL. In 345 at bats, Player A hit .336average/.493 slugging in Class C Ball. The following year, In 270 at bats Rosario hit .337 average/.670 slugging in the Appy League. In 574 at bats, Player A hit .362 average/.589 slugging in the Sally League. The comparison stops there because it was a different era and Player A was in the big leagues in his third professional year.

      My point, is when I see Rosario play I see a very similar player/athlete. He is so similar to the young player I remember from sixty years ago. Will he ever become as good as player A, unlikely, seeing that Player A was the greatest player (IMO) to ever play the game. But the similarity tells me there is a very good liklihood he will become a very good player, a future star!
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      I am on record as stating that Rosario reminds me of a young second baseman that broke in for the Braves sixty years ago. When I look at Rosario, I see the same player, body, athleticism, speed, bat speed and yes, quick hands/wrists.

      Looking at their 18 year old stats, in 194 at bats Rosario hit .294 average/.438 slugging in the GCL. In 345 at bats, Player A hit .336average/.493 slugging in Class C Ball. The following year, In 270 at bats Rosario hit .337 average/.670 slugging in the Appy League. In 574 at bats, Player A hit .362 average/.589 slugging in the Sally League. The comparison stops there because it was a different era and Player A was in the big leagues in his third professional year.

      My point, is when I see Rosario play I see a very similar player/athlete. He is so similar to the young player I remember from sixty years ago. Will he ever become as good as player A, unlikely, seeing that Player A was the greatest player (IMO) to ever play the game. But the similarity tells me there is a very good liklihood he will become a very good player, a future star!
      I always encourage people to dream big! This is one enormous dream! It won't wake you up.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      I always encourage people to dream big! This is one enormous dream! It won't wake you up.
      You probably also weren't watching Player A when he broke in in 1953. I was. My point is that they are so very similar in every aspect of their games, body, swing, etc. No where have I said he would be as good as Player A as that would be unbelievable.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinstalker View Post
      Being worried about the Twins having too much middle infield talent the next couple years is an indicator that we should take nothing else you say seriously. As Kwak says, Dozier won't be blocking anybody (I'm sure he means anybody good). Right now the only player in the system who is in danger of being both good and in the MI is Rosario. The rest are mediocre or utility, with fingers crossed for Jorge Polanco.
      Your first sentence is a bit harsh, twinstalker. Can you accept the point being made? Which is, people with a lot better eye for these things than you or I believe we have at least a handful of viable MI candidates in the pipeline now. The Twins are obviously still high on Dozier, and it's fair to be skeptical of this confidence in the wake of Casilla, Nishioka, and the like. But we're starting to hear raves about Rosario. Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco too.

      And you might be hearing good things said this summer about Amaurys Minier, Levi Michael, and Niko Goodrum.

      So there, twinstalker, that's six guys to maybe keep and eye on. Or if you want, you can just take nothing else anyone says about these prospects seriously, right?
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Rosario is my favorite and I approve this post (if it means anything or not).
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