We continue our season long Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlights with a guy that not many Orioles fans even know about, but has gotten off to one of the best starts of anyone in the Orioles organization this year, Bowie Baysox infielder Garabez Rosa.
Just who is this guy? Rosa, 24, was signed by the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in November of 2006 out of the Dominican Republic, and although he has struggled a little bit throughout his minor league career, 2014 may be the year he has figured it out.
Rosa has seemingly gotten better every level he has moved up to which sounds fantastic, but it is largely due to the fact that after he got out of the Gulf Coast League, he struggled mightily at the plate. Throughout his Minor League career he has struggled with the strikeout, but did not have the high average to go with it, but 2014 has been extremely different thus far for him.
He is unquestionably on pace for a career year in several categories and is making a name for himself, especially for a guy that is still just 24 years old despite the face that he is in his the midst of his eighth professional season already.
Rosa is currently fourth in the entire Orioles Minor League organization with a .344 average, third with 21 RBI and third with a .500 slugging percentage.
Over the course of 25 games and 90 at bats, Rosa has 31 hits with eight doubles, two home runs, 45 total bases, 13 runs scored and a .862 OPS.
It is not just a general high batting average for Rosa, he is also coming through when it matters as he is hitting a robust .464 with runners in scoring position and .455 with runners on base period. Both of his home runs and all 21 RBI have come with runners in scoring position.
Rosa's numbers are not just great among the organization, but he is among the league leaders in the Eastern League as well as his .344 average ranks him seventh, his .862 OPS ranks 16th, and his 21 RBI are tied for fourth.
He may not be a guy we will see at any point this season or even next season, but his versatility in the field and his continued improvement at the plate could garner him a look in Baltimore in the next few years.
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