Last season, Santana was called up due to Terry Ryan deciding not to provide extra outfield depth for Ron Gardenhire. The Twins were put in a bad situation early on, and Santana was promoted in May, while also being shifted from his shortstop role. If there’s someone who could follow a similar rise to prominence, it’s Eddie Rosario.
This is not to say I expect Rosario with the Twins in May, I don’t. However, once the infielder is promoted to the major leagues (and I fully expect that to happen in 2015), he should make an immediate impact. In Arizona Fall League action, Rosario batted .330 with 18 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. He’s 22 and his minor league slash line over five seasons is .294/.343/.485. He struggled some in New Britain last season after his suspension, but I think that’s a blip on the radar.
Once promoted to the Twins, give me the over on Rosario batting .275. Expect him to possess pop similar to Santana, and look for him to be a modest base stealer. His arrival is probably tied relatively closely to the health of Oswaldo Arcia.