Article: TD Top Prospects: #7 Eddie Rosario
Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:12 AM
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:49 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:38 AM
Your opening had me laughing--the Hannity to his Colmes? Nice.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:57 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:13 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:16 AM
The middle infield pages of the organizational depth chart binder have been stuck together, and thus forgotten about, for the better part of the last 2 decades. (Andy McPhail had an unexpectedly shaken-up Diet Fresca blow up on him while browsing it back in '93.)
Wow, Rosario is moving up to Class A and there is little ahead of him? 2B should be a relatively easy position for the Twins to find talent--I wonder why the cupboard is barren between Ft. Myers and Minnapolis? Good Luck to Rosario the Twins are basically desparate to find a good 2B.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:46 AM
I also agree that he has that extra hand movement. He's able to get away with it now, but it will likely need to not be there as he gets older and moves up the system.
Defensively, all reports I'd heard about him as a CF in E-Town were that he has very good range (certainly not in the Hicks/Benson/Buxton category though), and I saw a pretty impressive throwing arm, certainly enough to play CF if that were necessary.
When I saw him at 2B in early June, he was a statue. Very little range and instinct. But when I saw him play there in early August, he was much improved. Still work to do, but he turned a couple of nice DPs and showed more range. Again, I see no reason to think that he can't continue to improve and become an adequate defensive 2B in time.
He certainly is not lacking in confidence, and his performance in the Puerto Rican Winter League has him as a known commodity in his country. He has great potential.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:57 AM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:00 AM
I just wanted to address this super quick as I saw it in your write-up on the For Better Or Worse on Rosario. I just want to make sure we are not projecting Rosario's potential numbers to be like Span's numbers based on a few similarities between the two.
The initial hand position and the lack of a east-west load in particular are shared among Span and Rosario. However, with Rosario, you see a much longer swing - albeit just has quick - whereas Span is much more of a point A-to-B type of swinger. And, unlike Span, Rosario has a pronounced stride where Span does not. Rosario, as you said, has the tendency to uncork vicious swings on occasion. This is something Span really has never done. So, unless the Twins/Rosario make some changes to reduce the hand/stride movement, I would expect Rosario to project to have greater power and less connectivity than Span.
[QUOTE]Defensively, all reports I'd heard about him as a CF in E-Town were that he has very good range (certainly not in the Hicks/Benson/Buxton category though), and I saw a pretty impressive throwing arm, certainly enough to play CF if that were necessary.[/QUOTE]
It could be that the evaluations of Rosario were based on the curve set by Hicks/Benson/Buxton but because the reports were coming from Baseball America, I am assuming they either spoke to scouts or someone in the organization when they said that Rosario did not have the speed for center or the arm for a corner OF position.
[QUOTE]Could his upside be as high as Rod Carew?[/QUOTE]
A man can dream but I don't think he will be as good as Hall of Famer Rod Carew.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:33 AM
If he can continue to develop as a second baseman and his hitting stays on this path he could easily be considered the TOP prospect in our system.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:04 PM
Huh. Off the top of my head I would have guessed such a number to be perfectly acceptable if the defense was good. Not major-league worst. Offense has been down a bit the past three years so averages of 12 years may be suspect, but it still looks like this armchair-GM needs to raise his standards a bit.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:48 PM
Great post, as usual. Could his upside be as high as Rod Carew?
More ice, more mix.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:43 PM
The few times I have seen him play, he reminds me a lot of a young second baseman in the Braves organization when I was a kid. Similar build, similar speed, very quick hands/swing with the ball exploding off his bat. That young man was a second baseman in the minors who switched to the outfield for the Braves. Appears Rosario may go the reverse route. Anyway, that is what I see in Rosario and if he ends up being 75% of that player he will be a superstar!
Edited by roger, 07 February 2013 - 11:24 PM.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:50 PM
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Did you just make a Henry Aaron-Rosario comp?
Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:15 AM
Did you just make a Henry Aaron-Rosario comp?
Yes, very similar young men at the same age.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:05 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:06 AM
I personally prefer the Rogers Hornsby comp to the Hank Aaron comp. Twins need 2b not of.
Wow! Ballsy. I cannot agree 100%, but I like your 75% comment above.
I love Eddie's potential. He is tough, smart, and polite (I hear): http://twinsdaily.com/entry.php?b=2528