#MLBPlayers411 | Eddie Rosario
There was a lineup full of offensive contributors for the Twins in their 20-7 drubbing of the Mariners on Tuesday night, but today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, Eddie Rosario, stood out from the rest by mashing three home runs.
Eddie had been struggling through the early part of June and was even pulled from the lineup following an ugly strikeout on a pitch out of the strike zone with runners in scoring position during a game last week in Anaheim, so his bust-out performance was particularly satisfying.
“Yeah, I don't feel so good when not playing,'' the 25-year-old left fielder said following Tuesday's win.
The three-homer performance could be exactly what the 2015 American League triples leader needs to turn his season around.
"I wanted to come back and play hard and have good at-bats. That was my goal," Rosario said.
One of those who took notice was Twins manager Paul Molitor.
“He made a little bit of a statement out there tonight,” Molitor said. “He's been out a few days and he came back with a vengeance.”
Eddie was drafted by the Twins in the 4th round in 2010 out of Rafael Lopez Landron High School in his native Guayama, Puerto Rico. After a breakthrough 2012 season in which he hit .368, Eddie rose steadily through the Twins system and he was named a Top-10 prospect in the organization for four straight years.
On May 6, 2015, in his first career at-bat, Eddie hit an opposite-field home run, becoming the 114th player in MLB history to hit a homer his first time at the plate.
Eddie spent the rest of the 2015 campaign sharing outfield duties with the likes of Torii Hunter, highly-touted prospect Aaron Hicks and fellow rookie Byron Buxton. Yet despite playing the first month of the season in Triple-A and not playing every day in Minnesota, Eddie batted .267 and hit 13 home runs to place sixth in the American League Rookie of the Year Award balloting.
In 2016, Eddie again split time with the big-league club and Triple-A.
Eddie has also shown his Puerto Rican pride by competing in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics and batted .316 with two doubles and a triple in this year's tournament – a definite confidence builder going into the MLB season. “I feel like this is a good opportunity for Minnesota to see me,” Rosario said at the time. “I'm ready to play baseball in the major leagues (every day).”
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