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by Matt Sisk

Eddie's "Rosa Rio"

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Please take a few moments, and imagine having your face caved in from the impact of a line-driven baseball. That's what our boy Eddie Rosario was dealing with mid-summer in 2012 after taking a batting practice rep to the face. How much can you expect from a guy after something like that?

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Well, I'll tell ya. If you combine Eddie's winter league stats with his abbreviated 2012 regular season stats, you'll see a fierce line of numbers that hints at what a full, healthy season could produce for Rosario. Combine everything he did in 2012, and you get 136 games played, 544 at-bats, 168 hits, 44 doubles, 17 homers, 94 RBI, and a .308 batting average. His on-base numbers were adequate for a top-of-the-order guy.

I personally know a baseball coach that was struck in the face with a batting practice rep. His incident required emergency surgery, and was a very serious situation. I do not know if Eddie's meeting with a baseball was equally severe, but it's not prudent to expect him to hit like he did following such a confidence-shaking occurrence.

What do the numbers tell you about Rosario? I'll tell you what they tell me. The Twins have a guy that will hit, get on base, and slug in the top of a Major League line-up someday. It all hinges on how fast he can learn, and excel at, second base defensively.

How fast will Eddie get to Minnesota, and take over that pesky second base position? We just don't know right now. But one thing is certain, Eddie is floating down a "rosy river" of talent that will slowly bring him to the spotlight of Major League Baseball.

Updated 02-21-2013 at 11:02 AM by mnfanforlife

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  1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    I like Rosario a lot. He feels like a classic overachiever; someone who always exceeds expectations and puts up better numbers than many are anticipating.
  2. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    He is a dangerous 170 lb. hitter
  3. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Thanks for this article. It is important to get some perspective on what he did last year and how it really isn't a drop off from 2011 when advancing a level. 2015 should be the time for him to contend for that starting spot.
  4. birdwatcher's Avatar
    Fangraphs did an interview with Ryan O'Rourke, one of Rosario's teammates, who described Rosario as having the quickest hands he's ever seen.
  5. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    He tore up winter ball, and the idea of Eddie and Sano arriving in the MLB simultaneously to start 2015 is intriguing!
  6. Madre Dos's Avatar
    Saw the pics of Eddie - post surgery. It takes a special guy to get back out there and play again. He has a smooth, very fast swing. He is smart and polite and represents the organization well.
  7. Chance's Avatar
    My #1 twins prospect!
  8. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    I am the most optimistic about Arcia & Rosario, in that order.
    Of course, I sure hope Sano winds up being all he's hyped up to be.
  9. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Arcia is very promising, and he should already be in Minnesota when Sano and Rosario arrive together. Can't wait. Should be a nice influx
  10. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
    Rosario is the best. A Jack of all trades!
  11. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    I can feel the love for Eddie. May he travel his Rosa Rio quickly...and divert his waters to Target Field
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