Eddie Manuel Rosario
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- High School Rafael Lopez Landron High School
- Debut May 6, 2015
Eddie Rosario made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2015.
Rosario was picked by the Twins in the 4th round of the 2010 amateur draft; the scout was Hector Otero. He hit .294/.343/.438 that summer for the GCL Twins, with 22 steals in 27 tries. He led the Gulf Coast League in steals, tied for 5th in runs (34), was 3rd in hits (57) and was 10th in average.
In 2011, Eddie excelled as center fielder for the Elizabethton Twins, batting .337/.397/.670 with 9 triples, 21 home runs, 17 steals (in 23 tries), 71 runs and 60 RBI in 67 games. He was among the Appalachian League leaders in average (4th), runs (1st by 13 over teammate Miguel Sano), hits (91, 2nd, one behind Brandon Drury), triples (1st, 2 ahead of Sano), OBP (9th), slugging (1st, 24 points ahead of Chase Davidson), OPS (2nd, .003 behind Davidson), home runs (1st, one ahead of Sano), RBI (2nd, one behind Art Charles) and steals (tied for 9th). Despite playing in a short-season league, he led the Twins chain in home runs. He joined Jamal Austin and Kevin Pillar in the league All-Star outfield and split Player of the Year honors with Drury. Baseball America named him as the 5th-best Appalachian League prospect, between Noah Syndergaard and Drew Vettleson (Sano and Drury went 1-2) and as the 3rd-best Twins prospect (behind Sano and Joe Benson).
The Guayama native split 2012 between the Beloit Snappers (.296/.345/.490, 32 2B, 70 RBI in 95 G) and GCL Twins (7 for 19, 3 2B, HR) while playing mostly 2B. He was 6th in the Twins minor league system with 74 RBI and third in doubles (behind Chris Colabello and Oswaldo Arcia). He tied for 9th in the Midwest League in doubles. Baseball America ranked him as the 12th-best MWL prospect, between Justin Nicolino and Jorge Bonifacio.
Eddie started his major league career with a bang, as starting in right field for the Twins on May 6, 2015, he hit a home run off Scott Kazmir of the Oakland A's on the first pitch he saw. It was an auspicious debut, and he ended up claiming the LF starting job as he hit .267 with 18 doubles, 15 triples - most in the American League - and 13 homers in 122 games. He scored 60 runs and drove in 50. However, he struck out 118 times while drawing only 15 walks, resulting in a paltry .287 on-base percentage. On the defensive side, he led AL left fielders in assists, errors and double plays even though he played only 86 games at the position. It was a solid season overall and he received some down-ballot support in the voting for the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Rosario had a career game for the Twins on June 13, 2017 as he went 4-for-5 with 3 homers, scored 3 runs and drove in 5. He batted ninth and played left field in the game, in which the Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits on their way to demolishing the Seattle Mariners, 20-7. The last of the homers came off back-up catcher Carlos Ruiz in the 8th inning. he hit .290 with 33 doubles and 27 homers in 151 games that season as one of the offensive leaders of a Twins teams that surprised everyone by making it to the postseason, losing the Wild Card Game to the New York Yankees. In his first postseason appearance in that game, he homered an drove in 2 runs in Minnesota's loss. In 2018, he played 138 games, hitting .288 with 24 homers and 77 RBIs, very similar production to his previous season. He then got off to a very hot start in 2019, with a 15-game stretch in April that included a .356 average and 20 RBIs. Part of this was a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on April 20th in which he went 5-for-9 with three homers, a double and 4 RBIs to lead the Twins to a sweep.
- 2011 Player of the Year Appalachian League Elizabethton Twins
- AL Triples Leader (2015)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2017 & 2018)
- 2012 Twins Media Guide