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by Matt Sisk

Rakin' Rosario Ready?

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Facing another deep freeze in the northern plains of the North American continent, I search for answers to the question of “when?” As in, when will the talented Mr. Rosario finally bring his warm, rosy, consistent offensive game to the frozen wasteland that is the Minnesota batting line-up?

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If we take a real good look at what Eddie has done for the Twins’ minor league affiliates over the past three years, we see consistency. Over that span, Rosario has batted .309 in 1,177 minor league at-bats. He has never batted lower than .284 at any one stop along the way, and has torn up both the Midwest and Florida State Leagues, respectively.

Eddie’s grace in the field could be inferred by the fact that he has changed positions successfully in professional baseball. A move from outfield to second base is hardly a natural switch for any player at any level. But Rosario has shown the ability to adjust well on offense as he moves up the minor league ladder. Why shouldn’t we expect him to adjust and improve defensively as well?

Eddie’s defense at second base may be a “?” until he is under the microscope of Major League Baseball. But we know that he is going to hit. His stance is crouched and his hands are held low. I cannot help but think of Rod Carew when I watch the “load” phase of his swing. Carew’s low-hands approach to hitting led to a Hall of Fame career in which he slashed .328/.393/.429. Since we could never expect Eddie to reproduce Carew’s production, let’s hope that Eddie can reproduce his career minor league slash line (.307/.358/.510) during one full season in Minnesota.

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Carew had quick hands, and Rosario has been described as having unnaturally quick hands at the plate. If Eddie can continue to improve his plate discipline, then a big-league call-up in 2014 is almost certain. While reviewing the success Eddie has had in the minor leagues, it’s hard to imagine that 134 other guys were picked ahead of Rosario in the 2010 MLB Draft. The 22-yr-old should be smacking baseballs all over Target Field sometime very soon.

Updated 11-04-2013 at 03:15 PM by mnfanforlife

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