Rosario with the Minnesota Twins in 2016
|Minnesota Twins – No. 20|
Born: September 28, 1991|
Guayama, Puerto Rico
|May 6, 2015, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 12, 2018)
|Runs batted in||216|
|Career highlights and awards|
Eddie Manuel Rosario (born September 28, 1991) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball left fielder for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He represented Puerto Rico in the 2013 and 2017 editions of the World Baseball Classic, winning a silver medal in both.
After the 2013 season, Rosario received a 50-game suspension for using a banned substance, which he served at the start of the 2014 season. The Twins promoted Rosario to the major leagues on May 4, 2015. Rosario made his major league debut on May 6, and he hit a home run in his first at-bat, on the first pitch, off of Scott Kazmir of the Oakland Athletics.
Rosario made his major league debut on May 6, 2015. Leading off the bottom of the 3rd inning, Rosario swung at the first pitch he saw from Oakland Athletics starter Scott Kazmir, and hit an opposite-field home run, becoming the 114th player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat. Rosario played in 122 games for the Twins, sharing outfield duties with Torii Hunter, Aaron Hicks, and fellow prospect Byron Buxton. Despite being called up a month into the season, Rosario led all of baseball in triples with 15, and was second in outfield assists with 16, just one behind Avisail García of the Chicago White Sox. Rosario finished his rookie campaign with a .267 batting average and 13 home runs.
With the retirement of Torii Hunter and the Twins' trade of Aaron Hicks, Rosario entered 2016 as the Twins' projected everyday left fielder. After a slow start and emergences from both Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler, Rosario saw his playing time dwindle ultimately leading to his demotion to Triple-A. He was brought back up towards the end of the season, and finished the year with a .269 batting average, 10 home runs, and 32 RBI in 92 games played.
In 2017, Rosario became the Twins’ everyday left fielder and emerged into one of the AL’s best hitters. He ranked in the top 25 for batting average, OPS, slugging, and doubles. In 151 games he batted .290 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI.
On April 18, 2018, before a sold out crowd at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in his homeland Puerto Rico, Rosario scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning, coming around on LaMarre’s single that gave Minnesota a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
World Baseball Classic (Puerto Rico)
Eddie Rosario played for Puerto Rico in their silver medal run of the 2013 World Baseball Classic and their silver medal run of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He played right field defensively and batted 7th in the lineup.
- List of Major League Baseball players from Puerto Rico
- List of Major League Baseball players with a home run in first major league at bat
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