Francisco Rosario (left) and Fabio Castro on 1 October 2007.
|Diablos Rojos del México|
September 28, 1980 |
San Rafael del Yuma, Dominican Republic
|May 6, 2006, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
(through 2010 season)
|Earned run average||6.02|
Rosario was originally signed as an amateur free agent by Toronto on January 11, 1999. Rosario missed all of 2003 recuperating from Tommy John surgery. Throughout the minors, Rosario showed flashes of excellence, but has been inconsistent. Rosario, a former starter, was converted to the bullpen in mid-2005.
His MLB debut came with the Blue Jays in a relief appearance against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 6, 2006, pitching a hitless 8th inning while walking one and striking out one. His first MLB win came on May 10, 2006, with the Toronto, against the Oakland Athletics. He pitched a scoreless 5th and 6th inning, giving up only two hits while striking out three and not giving up a single walk. Out of 31 pitches thrown, 22 were strikes.
Rosario made his first, and to date only, major league start August 5, 2006, going three innings for the Blue Jays against the Chicago White Sox. He threw 71 pitches in his first start, including 41 strikes. He struck out two, walked two, and gave up five hits, three runs, all of them earned.
Rosario was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies on April 5, 2007, for cash considerations. He appeared in 23 games with the Phillies that year. He was injured in June, then spent some time with the Clearwater Threshers on a rehab assignment. Rosario missed most of 2008, appearing in just three games with the Threshers in 2008, and all of 2009 as well.
On November 23, 2009, Rosario signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets but was subsequently released. On December 11, 2009, Rosario signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. He was released on March 31, 2010. He subsequently signed with Oaxaca for the 2010 season, pitching in seven games for them.
- "Phillies acquire Rosario from Blue Jays". phillies.com. Retrieved 2007-04-08.