Minnesota Twins: Rosie Outlook from Left Field
Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario is providing offense at the bottom of the lineup. He is currently on a twelve game hitting streak.
Eddie Rosario isn’t known for his patience at the plate or his ability to hit 30 home runs. However, he is stringing together a stretch of games with at least one hit. If the Twins need anything on offense, it’s consistency.
Over the last twelve games Rosario has increased his line from .154/.214/.179 up to .282/.307/.376. He has gotten a hit in every game since April 16th. Both of Rosario’s homers have also come during his hitting streak.
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Despite Rosario’s success at the plate recently, Paul Molitor has kept him in the number eight hole to provide some success at the bottom of the lineup. There is also less pressure for Eddie batting at the bottom of the order allowing him to relax at the plate.
Over the course of his career, he has batted .269/.293/.436 with 25 home runs, averaging around twelve per season. During his rookie season he led the AL in triples but hasn’t been able to replicate that production.
Rosario also brings a defensive presence.
Other than his bat Rosario has been a solid defender for the Twins. His rookie season he led the AL in double plays as an outfielder and was second in outfield assists. This season his fielding percentage is 1.000. Rosario also has one of the strongest arms in the major leagues as referenced by the following tweet.
Rosario should continue to bring above average defense to the Twins outfield. With Buxton and Kepler in the outfield with him they should be able to track down just about every ball hit into the outfield.
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Eddie has never waited for his pitch, from his first major league at bat when he hit a home run on a pitch above the strike zone to the 30 walks in 900 plus plate appearances. Rosario’s free swinging style has a tendency to bring highs and lows. Let’s hope this high can continue to bring the Twins some offensive consistency.