BLUF: Bat gives star projection at second base and solid regular projection if on an outfield corner.
The Player: Eddie Rosario (2B, Minnesota Twins) – Drafted by the Twins in the 4th round out of Puerto Rico in 2010 and hit .294/.343/.438 in 51 GCL games that summer. Advanced to the Appy League in 2011 and led the circuit with 21 bombs while hitting .337/.397/.670. Started out strong in the Midwest League in 2012 before being struck by a line drive during batting practice and missing nearly two month. Came back and continued hitting, finishing with a .296/.345/.490 line in his full-season debut at age 20.
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Body (6-0, 170): Not overly physical. Has good strength in a smaller frame. Solid athlete but not premium. Average body overall.
Hit: Great hands. Very quick hands with strong forearms and wrists. Controls the bat head very well. Hand quickness and strength lend to easy plus bat speed. Allows the ball to travel deep thanks to bat speed and can wait out pitches to control the strike zone. Shows natural feel for contact and ability to use the entire field to his advantage. Drives the ball consistently with a swing geared toward line drives. Potential to hit about .280 at MLB peak. Grade – 40/60
Power: Strength and bat speed are present for power projection. Drives the ball consistently with hard contacts to the gap. Still learning to turn on inside pitches and should have home-run power to at least the pull side. Swing starts low and is geared for line drives, but has ability to lift the ball at times. Could have average home-run power at peak, complimented by an excess of doubles. Grade (raw power) – 40/50
Arm: Average raw arm strength and still learning how to play that at second base. Struggles with strong throws on the pivot when he can’t step through the bag. Has the raw arm for the position. Arm plays in center and left field if forced to move back to the outfield. Grade – 50/50
Fielding: Showed surprising hands at second base this year. Range – largely due to instincts off the bat – was poor to both sides. Struggled to make ranging plays and didn’t develop in this area throughout the year. Very rough and overall well below-average defender at 2B. Modest projection for improvement, but unlikely to stick at 2B. Shows fringy defense in CF but has above-average potential in LF, if forced out of the infield. Graded at 2B. Grade – 30/40
Speed: Average runner now and has slowed a tick over the last 12-18 months. Shows raw base running instincts and average quickness does not play in the infield. Uses speed well in the outfield but is stretched in CF. Grade – 50/50
Summation: Move to second base is a stretch but intriguing given offensive upside. Has ability to hit for average, work, counts with solid approach and hit 30+ doubles and 15 home runs. Could steal 10-15 bases as well. Offensive profile looks really good at 2B but defense lags and instincts/feel just don’t appear to be there for the position to stick. Stretched in CF as well but can handle LF at an above-average to plus level. Bat profiles very well up the middle. Hard worker with good makeup and solid feel for the game. Did not display any timid behavior after coming back from being struck by a line drive. Needs developmental time at 2B if the move is going to work, but bat may not allow it. Bat plays in the big leagues, it’s just a matter of position, with LF being the most likely. Solid regular with that offensive profile in LF.
Relative Risk: Moderate. The offensive tools will play in the big leagues; just has to find a position.
Future: Rosario is ready for the jump to High-A in 2013 and I wouldn’t rule out him hitting his way to Double-A before the season is over. Has the offensive tools to move quickly and the organization will have to determine if the bat is more important than the second-base profile that will take time. Could be in the big leagues by late 2014.