Posted 05 August 2014 - 09:22 PM
In regard to LF long term, in addition to the Santana possibility, you can't discount Walker, though he's a year or so away.
But I don't discount Rosario. This year has been a bit of a throw-away unfortunately. With a strong winter, he might head straight to Rochester next season. Right now, odds are he begins at New Britain before a probably early promotion.
In my opinion, with a little more personal discipline and experience, he is a legit .270-.280 hitter at worst, and very likely a .290-.300 bat with at least a decent OB who is a defensive asset in LF who can cover CF when needed, his original position. I don't know if he has the instincts and pure speed to ever be a big SB threat, but double-digits should be there. He has the natural stroke, speed and power to be a solid doubles hitter with some triples sprinkled in. Can he ever be a 20 HR hitter like was a few years ago? I don't know. But then again, he's young and been promoted pretty quickly. Given a chance to play every day at one level eventually, I could easily see consistent double-digit HR production. I think the natural power is there. And overall, he could be a very valuable, versatile performer.
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