The Cleveland Indians added some much needed outfield pop to their lineup last week by signing former Twins slugger Eddie Rosario.
The deal is for 1 year and worth 8 million dollars.
Indians fans are thrilled to have Rosario, and Tribe pitchers are delighted to no longer have to face him.
Here are 3 things that all Tribe fans should know about Eddie Rosario.
1. Rosario has Big-Time Power
New #Indians Outfielder, Eddie Rosario, has been a monster at Progressive Field. 🐲
In 45 games in CLE, he's hit .353 with a 1.031 OPS. Hitting 11 HRs, 12 2Bs, 3 3Bs, and 25 RBIs.
On the road, Rosario has his highest OPS and 2nd most RBIs at Progressive.🔥#MLB @EddieRosario09 pic.twitter.com/uTObO4lV0L
— The Hottest Take Sports Podcast (@Hottest_TakePod) January 30, 2021
Fans in C-town have been desperate for a power hitting outfielder for quite some time now.
In fact, the Indians have not had an outfielder hit 24 bombs in a season since Grady Sizemore back in 2008.
Needless to say, it has been a long outage of power for the Tribe outfielders.
Eddie Rosario fixes that problem, as he has stratospheric power at the plate!
Rosario has 119 career homers in 5 full seasons and 1 pandemic-shortened campaign.
Also, the 6-1 180 pounder has hit 96 of those bombs since 2017 which ranks as top 30 in all of baseball.
Eddie even homered in his first ever Major League at-bat against the Oakland A’s back in 2015.
All World third baseman Jose Ramirez will be thrilled to have some much need protection behind him in the lineup with Rosario.
No one knows for certain how Terry Francona will make out the lineup card.
In all likelihood, Ramirez will hit third with Rosario batting cleanup.
We here at TribeDaily can hardly wait to see how many homers this dynamic duo can hit together!
2. Beware of “Sneaky” Fast Eddie
Though Rosario is more known for his above average power, he also possesses slightly above average speed on the bases.
In fact, Eddie actually led the American League in triples (15) during his rookie season with Minnesota.
Rosario also stole 11 bases during his rookie campaign which helped him finish sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2015.
Although Rosario does not steal many bases anymore, he still shows decent speed on the bases and in the outfield.
3. Rosario Hails from Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico> Eddie Rosario Using World Baseball Classic As Com -> https://t.co/h96JyQzmQI #baseball pic.twitter.com/noBW1Y6CkA
— MLB Sportyst (@MLBsportyst) March 16, 2017
Eddie Rosario was born in Guayama Puerto Rico in 1991.
The Twins drafted Rosario in the 4th round when he was only 18 years old and just finished high school.
It did not take long for the Twins to see Rosario’s mighty power as he hit 21 homers in only 67 games during his second season in the minors.
The slugger has won 2 silver medals while competing for his home country in the World Baseball Classic.
Rosario’s nickname is “EDISITO”.
The 29-year old still lives in Puerto Rico during the offseason with his wife and three children.
What do Tribe fans think of the signing of Eddie Rosario?
Some Indians fans were probably still irate at the trading of Lindor to notice the deal.
Meanwhile, some other folks think Rosario could be the best free agent to sign with Cleveland since Roberto Alomar back in 1998.
How will Rosario do for the Indians in 2021?
If Rosario can stay healthy, it is a safe bet to say we can pencil him in for at least 25 home runs.
There is no longer a power outage in the Cleveland outfield!
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