There is no better way to describe Wilin Rosario.
Recently sent down from Colorado, Rosario on Friday on the second night of his second 2015 stint with the Albuquerque Isotopes, for the second straight night made a heater disappear into the night far quicker than it arrived at the plate.
But then, whether wearing Colorado Rockies’ purple or ‘Topes’ red, Rosario has never really had much trouble battering the ball. It’s just fielding it that has been something of a problem.
With his proclivity with the lumber and his issues with the leather, Rosario’s almost a born designated hitter just playing in the wrong league.
And while he watched longtime Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shipped to Toronto of the American League earlier in the week, Rosario was instead sent down to Albuquerque and remained in what amounts to NL prison awaiting parole to the other league after the interleague trading deadline passed Friday.
“It’s something I can’t control,” he said. “This is the organization I’ve been in. I’ve appreciated that they’ve given me the opportunity to stay with the team. They signed me as a free agent when I was a kid. I’ve grown up with them like a family here. I feel a little scared when I’m back home and I see my name in the paper because I don’t want to go. I want to stay here.”
Rosario ultimately added two opposite-field doubles and even stole a base, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Isotopes from falling to Salt Lake 9-8 in 10 innings. Alfredo Marte’s solo home run in the 10th inning off Simon Castro proved to be the difference.
Even though Rosario is known as a pull hitter, with teams shading him to left field when he’s at the plate, he said he’s been trying to expand the field while at the plate.
That patience showed Friday as he dunked a double just inside the right field line, then later lined an outside pitch into the right-field corner.
“It’s something I have been working on,” Rosario said. “It’s something I want to be consistent with to hit the ball the other way. I feel that the great hitters, they hit it the other way, so that’s what I want to learn so that when I get back, I get the opportunity to do that pretty well.”
While the ultimate goal is to get back to the major leagues, he said he sees no reason to stress about when that call back might occur.
“They’ll know when I can go back,” Rosario said. “I don’t want to hurry. I don’t want to give myself some pressure to try to go back because I know that time will come. Until then, I just want to enjoy my time here. And anything I need to get stronger in, I want to learn.”
Right now that means continuing his development at first base as he transitions from his original position as a catcher.
“Right now, I’m playing a different position that I haven’t played before so I feel like it’s development right now,” Rosario said. “And I will know that my chance is going to come when they feel like I can play every day. Right now, I think it’s going pretty well. I’m feeling good about what I’ve done here. I’m working hard here. Every day I learn something and just waiting for a chance.
NOTES: The Bees’ win evens the season series between the teams at 8-8. …It was a rare off night for losing pitcher Castro, who had surrendered just one earned run in his previous 162/3 innings.