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Wilin Arismendy Rosario

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 1200 lb.

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Wilin Rosario began 2010 in AA and made his major league debut in 2011.

Rosario was signed by scouts Rolando Fernandez and Felix Feliz for the Colorado Rockies 10 days before he turned 17. He hit .247/.309/.324 for the 2006 DSL Rockies in his pro debut, an unimpressive beginning. With the 2007 Casper Rockies, he eked out an even weaker line, 209/.283/.296, with 38 whiffs in 115 at-bats.

Returning to Casper (now the Casper Ghosts) in 2008, Rosario made major improvements. He hit .316/.371/.532 with 12 homers, 48 runs and 49 RBI in 66 games. He led Pioneer League backstops in fielding percentage (.994), putouts (462) and passed balls (14). Rosario ranked 7th in the Pioneer League in average and was three homers behind leader Luis Jimenez. Baseball America named him the loop's #1 prospect, followed by Cutter Dykstra, Will Smith, Dee Gordon and Jimenez.

The Rockies invited Rosario to major league spring training camp in 2009 at age 20 despite having never played in a full-season league. He hit .266/.297/.404 for the Modesto Nuts, unimpressive stats in a hitter's league. He missed 56 games due to injury. Baseball America still rated him Colorado's #4 prospect going into 2010 and their top catching prospect.

The youngest player in the Rockies' MLB spring training camp in 2010, Rosario was assigned to the Tulsa Drillers. In his first 51 games, he put up a batting line of .282/.337/.505 with 10 home runs, while throwing out 20 of 47 attempted base-stealers. That earned him a spot on the World team for the 2010 Futures Game. He started at catcher and hit 7th. He came up in the second inning with men on the corners and one out against Jeremy Hellickson. He hit into a run-scoring force to plate Carlos Peguero that brought the World within a run, 2-1, but they got no closer in a 9-1 loss as he got the lone RBI for his club. Facing Zach Wheeler in the fourth, Rosario lined to Dee Gordon at short. He was later replaced by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Rosario did very well defensively, picking off Brett Jackson and throwing out Mike Trout, the only player who tried to steal against him.

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