Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Minnesota Twins second baseman Eddie Rosario against the East during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Eddie Rosario (Mid 2015)
Last season, Rosario spent the beginning of the year suspended. After getting a late jump to his season, it never got off the ground in the way he would have liked. A quick eight game stint in Single-A produced a .300/.382/.300 slash line, something that rivaled his career numbers. Unfortunately his 79 games spent at Double-A New Britain produced only a .237/.277/.396 line the rest of the way.
In 2015, Rosario will likely start with Double-A Chattanooga, but can be expected to draw a quick promotion based upon his production. If he can get back to limiting strikeouts, drawing more walks, and hitting for the high average he has shown throughout his minor league career, he will quickly become an option for Triple-A Rochester.
Much like Danny Santana before him, Rosario could find himself figuring into the Twins plans by less than ideal circumstances. Had he not dealt with a suspension, it likely could have been Rosario the Twins called upon briefly in 2014 instead of Jorge Polanco.
Now moved to the outfield, he projects as a capable left fielder at the major league level. A strong Arizona Fall League showing should have Twins fans excited about his chances in 2015. Minnesota won’t promote Rosario to sit, but Oswaldo Arcia has very notable back issues, and Rosario could be the answer.
Should Arcia spend time on the disabled list, and Rosario prove to continue upon his tear that took place during the Arizona Fall League, the Twins could be calling his number as soon as July. Rosario may not have the level of excitement tied to him as a Buxton or Sano, but he should be a boost to the Twins roster.