That may have had something to do with it. He also was among the top 5 for swinging outside the strike zone last year. He has no plan and no discipline. He would be a perennial all-star if he had an approach comparable to Arreaz or probably even with average plate discipline but his approach is horrible.
What about his numbers this year? He is 9th on the team in fWAR as well as wPA+. Arreaz has already passed him in fWAR with exactly half as many games played. He has had a couple streaks during his career when he has been awesome so some fans ignore the big picture. He is not a player I would extend. As a matter of fact, I hope we have a couple OFers making so much noise that the FO feels they can deal Rosario this off season or at the deadline next year.
I really do love Rosario the player.I love the aggressiveness, the fearlessness and yet I also hate the aggressiveness that leads to easy outs and fearlessness to hit the ball in areas that are hard to hit the ball square.He is an enigma to me.
I agree with you that just a touch of plate discipline could launch him to superstar status, but he is just to eager to swing.It is a cat and mouse game.He needs to take pitches that are strikes sometimes.Bait the pitcher into throwing him better pitches.Most pitchers attack him on the edges because he will swing at pitchers pitches.The defense is taking away his strength which is the right side of the field his pull side.He needs to even out his his approach to be more successful.
I keep hoping for him to adjust but I just don't think he is going to.He is who he is.A guy with fantastic hand eye coordination who can get by on that talent alone.If he wants to move to the next level he has some serious work to do if he chooses to do it.
Edited by Dman, 05 August 2019 - 01:26 PM.