Eddie Rosario
Eddie Rosario
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Minnesota Twins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Rosario set career highs with 32 home runs and 109 RBI, but declined in the second half for a second consecutive season. He had 20 home runs and an .841 OPS in the first half, but just 12 home runs and a .750 OPS in the second half. Rosario is a free swinger (fourth-worst O-Swing% among qualified hitters at 46.3%), which is partially offset by an uncanny ability to make hard contact on bad balls. Despite his strong season, there were some troubling signs. Rosario had been improving his anemic walk rate, but took a step back to just 3.7%. His defense went from being seen as an asset to becoming a liability as he fell to -11 in DRS which was 29th among qualified left fielders. He also stole just three bases. Still, Rosario did reduce his whiffs (career-best 14.6 K%). He has enough power to thrive in the middle of the lineup and has upside if he can learn to lay off some of those balls outside the strike zone. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $7.75 million contract with the Twins in January of 2020.
Past ankle injury this spring
OFMinnesota Twins
March 3, 2020
Rosario underwent physical therapy on his left ankle in the offseason, MLB.com reports. Rosario said his second-half decline last season was in part due to the injury, but he's pain free this spring. "I couldn't play my 100 percent. I couldn't run at 100 percent last year. It affected everything," he said.
ANALYSIS
Rosario had 20 home runs and an .841 OPS in the first half of last season, but just 12 home runs and a .750 OPS in the second half. Rosario has also said he needs to show more patience at the plate, which would help his approach as his anemic walk rate took a step back to just 3.7 percent. He's set to start in left field and try to improve on a career-high 32 home runs last year.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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30
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .723 529 63 11 58 7 .281 .306 .417
Since 2017vs Right .851 1242 194 72 206 13 .286 .322 .529
2019vs Left .766 162 21 5 27 0 .281 .315 .451
2019vs Right .813 428 70 27 82 3 .274 .294 .518
2018vs Left .726 184 26 4 16 4 .284 .311 .415
2018vs Right .838 408 61 20 61 4 .290 .328 .509
2017vs Left .682 183 16 2 15 3 .279 .293 .390
2017vs Right .906 406 63 25 63 6 .295 .344 .562
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .865 895 133 47 140 10 .298 .331 .534
Since 2017Away .759 876 124 36 124 10 .270 .303 .456
2019Home .775 297 45 12 49 1 .280 .303 .472
2019Away .826 293 46 20 60 2 .272 .297 .529
2018Home .819 295 45 15 43 3 .284 .319 .500
2018Away .787 297 42 9 34 5 .292 .328 .459
2017Home 1.003 303 43 20 48 6 .332 .371 .632
2017Away .661 286 36 7 30 3 .245 .283 .377
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Stat Review
How does Eddie Rosario compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
3.7%
 
K Rate
14.6%
 
BABIP
.273
 
ISO
.224
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.300
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.800
 
wOBA
.343
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.8%
 
Barrels/PA
6.3%
 
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Rosario looked like an All-Star snub, hitting .311/.353/.537 with 19 home runs in the first half. He faded in the second half (.240/.262/.361 with just five homers) and played just eight games over the final month due to a nagging quadriceps issue. Rosario, who has always been a free swinger, had the fifth-worst O-Swing% (42.9) among qualified hitters. That said, he has an uncanny ability to make hard contact on bad balls. He has reduced his strikeout rate the past two seasons (17.6% in 2018), but his 5.9 BB% from 2017 represents a career high. He's become an above-average defender in left field and improved on the basepaths (8-of-10 on stolen-base attempts). If his second-half decline was due more to injuries than an erosion of skills, Rosario could be set for a career year at age 27. That late-season fade should allow for a palatable price tag on draft day.
After an up-and-down first two seasons, Rosario fulfilled his promise as a power hitter last year and became Minnesota's everyday left fielder. He had always been a free swinger, but his success in 2017 was largely fueled by a significantly reduced strikeout rate (25.7 percent in 2016 to 18 percent last season). Rosario may never walk a ton, but he made strides in that department, upping his walk rate from 3.4 percent to 5.9 percent. His 27 home runs may look like an outlier, but his 16.4 percent HR/FB was near the median among everyday outfielders. He used to have decent speed, but was just 9-for-17 on stolen-base attempts, so he may not have the green light as much going forward. While he is trending away from being a contributor in steals, his improvements as a hitter give him a chance to continue being a positive contributor in batting average. His .290 average came with a .312 BABIP, well below his .325 career mark. Better luck in 2018 could negate his expected regression in that department.
Rosario began last season as the Twins' starting left fielder after a promising rookie year, but was sent to Triple-A in May after hitting just .200 with a .532 OPS. He bounced back there with an .881 OPS and returned to the majors in July. He then hit .305 with seven home runs and an .812 OPS over his last 60 games before a fractured thumb ended his season in mid-September. Rosario has promising power and decent speed, which gives him the potential to be an above-average defender. He is 16-for-24 (66.6 percent) on the bases against big league batteries, so he is not a major threat in that department, but will chip in a handful of steals over a full season. Unfortunately he doesn't draw walks (3.4 percent of plate appearances) and strikes out too often (25.7 percent). At age 25, he could improve significantly and add more consistency if he shows better command of the strike zone, and he's expected to begin the year with the starting left field job.
Rosario enters 2016 as a starting outfielder after a promising rookie season. Called from Triple-A in May, he got hot early, hitting .284 before the All-Star break to take over the starting left field job, although he got time at all three outfield positions. Rosario showed promising power with 13 home runs and 15 triples. He also added 11 stolen bases, showcasing the speed that also made him an above-average defender. Despite his initial success, there are some worrisome signs, as he drew just 13 walks (3.2 percent of plate appearances), struck out too often (24.9 percent) and had a high .335 BABIP. He'll need better command of the strike zone to sustain his early success. Nonetheless, Rosario will enter 2016 with a starting job in either left or right field.
Rosario missed the first two months of the 2014 season while serving a 50-game suspension for his second positive test for a drug of abuse, and he went on to bat just .243/.286/.387 in 87 games between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. He did salvage his season to a certain extent by hitting .330/.345/.410 in the Arizona Fall League. Rosario had drawn walks at a decent rate but saw a sharp decline in 2015. He does make good contact and has shown good power through his minor league career. However, the off-field problems and a lackluster minor league season saw his prospect status take a hit. He also permanently moved to the outfield after playing second base the year before. While Rosario may not be viewed as a cornerstone of Minnesota's rebuilding effort, a strong start to the 2015 season could still see him in the majors this summer.
Rosario is one of Minnesota's best prospects after hitting .329/.377/.527 in 52 games at High-A Fort Myers and then .284/.330/.412 in 70 games at Double-A New Britain. He was moved to second base from the outfield for 2013, which should increase his chances to find a job with the Twins thin on infield talent. However, he had 14 errors at second base last year and it's not sure if he'll stay at the position. Rosario draws walks at a decent rate, makes good contact and has shown good power through his minor league career. He would have been a candidate to be called up early in 2014, but he was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the minor league drug policy. He's appealing the suspension, but if it holds up, the missed time may hurt his development and will likely delay his debut with the Twins. He could still be with the team in September if the time off doesn't hurt him, and he may be Minnesota's starting second baseman or left fielder in 2015.
Rosario has become one of Minnesota's top prospects after hitting .296/.345/.482 at Low-A last season just age 20. Rosario missed six weeks after getting hit in the face by a line drive, but it did not seem to faze him as he had a .963 OPS after he returned. He draws walks at a decent rate, makes good contact and has shown good power through his minor league career. He moved to second base from the outfield last season, which could accelerate his advancement in a Minnesota organization devoid of strong middle-infield prospects. However, he made 15 errors in 65 games and it is not clear if his defense will be viable enough to keep him in the infield at higher levels. He will likely begin the season a High-A and could make an impact in the majors as early as 2014.
The 2010 fourth-round pick out of Puerto Rico crushed the ball for a second consecutive season in rookie ball, hitting .337/.397/.670 with 21 home runs for the Elizabethton Twins in the Rookie Appalachian League. The Twins moved to him second base during instructional league, which should enhance his fantasy value if he sticks in the infield. He's a rising prospect to grab in keeper leagues as a result.
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Reaches deal with Twins
OFMinnesota Twins
January 10, 2020
Rosario signed a one-year contract with Minnesota on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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On bench for finale
OFMinnesota Twins
September 29, 2019
Rosario is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.
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Sits after celebration
OFMinnesota Twins
September 26, 2019
Rosario is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
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Clubs 32nd homer
OFMinnesota Twins
September 25, 2019
Rosario went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Tigers.
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Hammers two long balls
OFMinnesota Twins
September 16, 2019
Rosario went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs in a 7-5 loss against the Indians on Sunday.
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