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Sunday, February 24, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: EDDIE ROSARIO OUTFIELDER MINNESOTA TWINS

Maybe I have a soft spot for Minnesota Twin outfielders.  As my habitual readers will recall, former Twins veteran Torii Hunter was an annual favorite of mine who always found his way onto my roster no matter the cost.  With Hunter now in retirement, perhaps current Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario will fill the void for yours truly and certainly, the numbers show that he is up to the task.  It was a year ago at this time back in 2017 when I first broached the burgeoning talents on Rosario and boy did he come through to the tune of 27 homers, 78 RBI, 79 runs scored, 9 steals, and a .290 average.  Despite the major haul, Rosario was still relatively affordable the following spring due perhaps to the discrimination of Target Field and once again he made our sleeper cut.  Rosario went absolutely nuts the first half in particular as he batted .311 with 19 homers and 60 RBI but a late August quad injury caused some understandable late strugglest which resulted in final numbers looking as such:

.288
24 HR
77 RBI
87 R
8 SB
5.1 BB/9
17.6 K/9
.316 BABIP

Without the late quad injury, Rosario likely would have been around the 27 homers from 2016 but either way we are looking at a guy who is now just entering his prime at 27 and who is quietly one of the best five-category producers out there.  With Rosario having cured some early strikeout issues, the only knock here is a severe lack of patience but so far there has been no average hit.  Since the draft cost remains affordable, it is crazy that Rosario is not getting the respect he deserves.  This is one spot where that is not an issue and so Rosario should be considered a possible OF 1 player who can be had for much less. 

2019 PROJECTION:  .286 26 HR 84 RBI 95 R 10 SB  



1 comment:

  1. Would you trade Daniel Murphy for him in a 12 team, 10 keeper league with OPS, AVG, Ks, BB, Runs, HR, RBI, SB as categories.

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