A couple seasons ago I declared Brian Dozier the best player on the Twins. Some people laughed, some scoffed, some asked the waiter for the bill. Today, I'm starting to see a shift in my personal power rankings. I'm seeing the emergence of a new boffo hero, Eddie Rosario.
To me the two players have some definite similarities. Both are heady, opportunistic players that work their butts off to win. Both do everything with professional intensity. If there is one thing in Rosario's favor, it appears to be natural aptitude. Eddie appears to see the game better than most players. He notices when other players have little lapses of attention, and then he instantly takes advantage. He also appears to have fantastic hand-eye coordination. I saw him aim a hit today against Washington into the gap between the right and center fielders to score a couple RBI, missing a triple by a tenth of a second. Later, I saw him pull a ball for a triple, driving in more runs.
Thing is, on the almost triple, Rosario saw the outfielder bobble the ball at the wall, and instantly bolted for third base. Not many ballplayers do that, other than guys like Bryce Harper. Rosario thinks like Harper, always looking for a way to apply pressure. It would not surprise me a bit to see Eddie Rosario play at an all-star level in this, his second year.