03-21-2012, 10:05 AM #1
Shipley: Recent infield-convert Rosario could move fast
Perhaps recognizing the changing landscape of what is expected from the second base position, transitioning into more of an offensive role, the Twins have moved left-handed hitting Eddie Rosario from the outfield to the keystone spot.
The Pioneer Press's John Shipley spoke to Twins' minor league director, Jim Rantz, regarding this decision. The pathway to the majors will be the quickest for him at second base:
"He's got a chance to move up in the system with his offense," Twins minor league director Jim Rantz said. "If he learns his second base, it should be pretty quick."
"And he's taken to it. He likes it," Rantz said. "If you have the player buying into it, it's a lot easier making the transition. But again, it's all about his offense. He's athletic enough to make the transition, and he's working with a hall of famer over there. That will help."
Where Sano still winds up and puts his weight into a ball, Rosario gets his hands through the strike zone with remarkable speed. That's where the power comes from, and though it's unlikely Rosario will be Jeff Kent or Ryne Sandberg - rare, power-hitting second basemen - the Twins believe he will hit for average in the majors.
03-21-2012, 10:20 AM #2
I think he'll stick at Beloit all year because of the transition to 2B. But I woudln't be surprised if he's one of those that could spend 2013 in Ft. Myers and New Britain and be ready sometime in 2014. that would be very aggressive, and I don't anticipate that happening, but he's got a chance. But with the move to 2B, they're going to want to keep him comfortable.
03-21-2012, 10:34 AM #3
That's certainly a reasonable time-table for him.
03-21-2012, 10:46 AM #4
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I like the bat speed. Moliter's the guy to work with him too. Moliter had maybe the best forearm/hand contribution to bat speed I've seen. Working with my grandson's team, it's become obvious most kids skimp on the hand contribution to the swing. I get them to look at the contribution their wrist provides in driving a nail with a hammer. And then look at applying this to the bat and ball.
03-21-2012, 11:36 AM #5
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I understand much of the decsion stems from wanting to keep the players under his rookie contract for more of their prime years instead of paying them free agent money, but it would be a shame if this approach took away a year or two from a player who would have otherwise had 3,000 hits or 300 wins. As a person who enjoys baseball history, this approach dissapoints me. It would be nice to get another prospect like Mauer that is so damn good that he forces the Twins to call him up outside of the half-decade development plan.
For clarity's sake, I'm not saying Rosario is a future historical baseball figure (fingers crossed Sano!) that needs to be rushed. I was just making a generalized opinion about the Twins tortoise like farm system.