Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rosario development and Prospects Spotlight

Wilin Rosario's offense keeps improving
Wilin Rosario's rookie season has been one that has shown his potential to be an offensive force.

On Tuesday, he wrecked the Dodgers with three hits for RBIs, including a homer, his 22nd.

That he has been able to do this while struggling with this defense and coming off a season in 2011 where his plate defense and batting average at Tulsa were uninspiring is a testament to his talent, work ethic, ability to make adjustments, improvement and confidence.

Rosario has become another much-need power bat in the lineup.

Fellow rookie and extra-base machine Josh Rutledge doubled and tripled and is now hitting .348 with a .652 slugging percentage.

Rutledge (University of Alabama) also showed some defense, turning two double plays with fellow SEC product D.J. LeMahieu (Louisiana State University).

Tyler Chatwood battles to top Dodgers
Tyler Chatwood gave up five hits and three walks in five innings, hardly clean work, but he held the Dodgers to two runs and gave his team a chance to win.

The Rockies have now won 15 of their last 22 games.

There is an energy about them that didn't exist earlier this season and it's a lot of new or relatively new blood driving the bus, such as Rutledge, Rosario, Tyler Colvin and Jordan Pacheco.

Rockies' Prospects Spotlight

Triple-A outfielder Tim Wheeler had four hits to raise his batting average to .296 in a disappointing season. Remember this, though, Rosario had a down season in 2011 after coming back from injury and look at him now. Wheeler too was injured this season. So maybe there is hope for him to improve his average and again hit for power (67 extra-base hits last season, 31 this season).

Outfielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Nolan Arenado homered for Double-A Tulsa. Dickerson has had a very solid campaign (40 doubles, seven triples and 21 homers)and Arenado is impressing as the season winds down, hitting .347 with four homers in August.

High-A outfielder Kyle Parker drove in four runs  and now has 72 in 99 games in what has been a productive season for the second-year pro.

Rookie-league outfielder David Dahl had two hits and drew a walk in four trips to the plate and is now hitting .377 in his debut season.

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