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Wilin Rosario | First Baseman

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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After going the first 27 innings of the season without an at-bat, Wilin Rosario delivered a pinch-hit homer off Francisco Rodriguez in the 10th inning Wednesday to propel the Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Brewers.
Rosario is a third catcher and occasional first baseman against left-handers at the moment, so even though his fantasy upside is intact, he's not going to give owners much of anything until someone ahead of him gets hurt. At least pinch-hitting seems to suit him; he's 10-for-30 with two homers lifetime. Apr 9 - 12:10 AM

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Wilin Rosario had a nice day at the dish on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored as the Rockies topped the White Sox 7-6 in Cactus League play.

He also plated a run with an RBI single as part of a six-run uprising in the fifth inning. Rosario got the start behind the plate in this one, but it appears that his time there will be limited in 2015. He'll share time between there, the corner outfield and first base, leaving his playing time projections as a major wild card heading into the season.
Mar 24 - 8:43 PM

Wilin Rosario will get some work at first base in the Rockies' intrasquad game on Tuesday.

The Rockies intend to use Rosario less behind the plate in 2015. They'll get him into the lineup by putting him at first base or in the outfield. Rosario has 25-homer potential and the less-taxing work at his new positions may help him rack up the counting stats during the year.
Mar 3 - 9:29 AM

Wilin Rosario lost his arbitration case against the Rockies and will make $2.8 million in 2015.

Rosario requested $3.3 million when figures were exchanged last month, but the three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in the Rockies' favor. The 25-year-old didn't have the best case after regressing to the tune of a .267/.305/.435 batting line last season while continuing to be a liability behind the plate. While he's not completely done catching, the Rockies plan to give him more time at other positions this year.
Feb 18 - 3:05 PM

The Rockies and Wilin Rosario should learn the decision of their arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

Rosario requested a $3.3 million for 2015 and was offered $2.8 million from the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and were unable to reach an agreement before a hearing. The three-person panel of arbitrators will pick one salary or the other.
Feb 18 - 11:39 AM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday that he believes Wilin Rosario "will be very functional" at first base.

Rosario has been working out at both first base and the corner outfield spots this winter. Although the Rockies say they're not completely giving up on him as a catcher, he could wind up receiving more at-bats at other positions. Rosario saw his home run total drop to 13 last season.
Feb 9 - 8:48 PM

Wilin Rosario spent a week at the Rockies' spring training facility earlier this offseason working on his defense at first base and the corner outfield.

And he's brought what he learned back to the club's facility in the Dominican Republic, where he'll work out until it's time to report to spring training next month. Rosario has proven to be a terrible defensive catcher and won't get nearly as many starts behind the plate for Colorado in 2015. But he should still get enough at-bats (playing other positions) to generate decent power totals. The 25-year-old has averaged 29 homers and 95 RBI for every 162 games over the course of his young career.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 22 - 10:14 AM

Wilin Rosario requested $3.3 million and was offered $2.8 million from the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged.

With the two sides being so close already, they shouldn't have much difficulty meeting somewhere in the middle. The 25-year-old Rosario is coming off a disappointing 2014 season where he slashed just .267/.305/.435 with 13 homers and 54 RBI in 382 at-bats. His days behind the plate may be numbered, and there have been rumblings that the Rockies are trying to move him before the season begins.
Jan 17 - 12:55 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Monday that Wilin Rosario could play some first base on occasion and serve as a right-handed bat off the bench.

The Rockies have Nick Hundley and Michael McKenry in place as their new catching tandem, so many have assumed that Rosario will be traded, but Bridich hasn't heard a satisfactory offer and still thinks there could be a role for him on the roster. Rosario has failed to progress behind the plate and the Rockies already have Justin Morneau at first base, so the opportunities could be limited if he sticks around.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 6 - 9:23 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies won't deal Wilin Rosario unless they are "overwhelmed."

The Rockies have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Nick Hundley, which is just the latest sign that the club is prepared to move on from Rosario. However, Crasnick writes that it doesn't necessarily mean that he's a goner. We're highly skeptical about that, as the Rockies are probably trying to maintain leverage in trade talks, but they obviously haven't heard an offer to their liking so far.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies and Rangers "continue to have discussions" about Wilin Rosario.

The Rockies have essentially given up on Rosario catching and want to deal him, and the Rangers make a lot of sense as a trade partner. Texas has a need for right-handed power and could use Rosario as a corner outfielder, designated hitter or catcher (or all three). Rosario is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 09:04:00 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich indicated Monday that Wilin Rosario is drawing more trade interest from American League clubs.

It make sense, as Rosario is a poor defensive catcher and could be better off as a designated hitter and part-time first baseman. Thomas Harding of MLB.com speculates that the Rangers could be a fit. Rosario batted .267/.305/.435 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI over 106 games this past season and is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:57:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rockies are trying to trade Wilin Rosario.

It appears that they've finally decided Rosario is no longer a real option at catcher. Rosenthal says the club considered sending Rosario to Triple-A last season to try him out as a right fielder, but they could instead just decided to deal him, possibly to the American League. Rosario has hit 62 homers over the last three seasons and is just now reaching arbitration eligibility, so there should be some interest.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:01:00 PM

Wilin Rosario clubbed his 13th home run as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The hard-hitting backstop was a tremendous disappointment at the plate this season, hitting .267/.305/.435 with 13 homers and 54 RBI in his 106 games. As far as his prospects moving forward, it's encouraging to note that he hit three of his home runs and drove home 11 runs in his final 11 games.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Wilin Rosario went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored as the Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with Sunday's 8-3 win.

Rosario was the man on the spot for the Rockies, scoring runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Rosario is red hot in recent games, hitting .700 (14-for-20) with two home runs, nine RBI and eight runs scored in the past five games. The unconscious stretch has his overall line up to .273/.310/.440 as he attempts to salvage a largely pedestrian season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Nick Hundley
2Michael McKenry
1B1Justin Morneau
2Wilin Rosario
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
3B1Nolan Arenado
2Rafael Ynoa
LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Drew Stubbs
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Kyle Kendrick
3Jordan Lyles
4Tyler Matzek
5Eddie Butler
6Christian Bergman
7David Hale
8Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Adam Ottavino
2Rafael Betancourt
3Boone Logan
4LaTroy Hawkins
5John Axford
6Christian Friedrich
7Brooks Brown
8Scott Oberg