Three opinions on Adrian

Adrian Rosario was selected by the Baltimore Orioles #4 in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft yesterday.

Rosario appeared in 14 games as a reliever for the Rattlers after joining the team from Helena this season.

Here are three opinions on the newest Orioles farmhand.  I bolded and italicized part that interested me in all three.

First up, Steve Melewski, who covers the Orioles for MASN:

The Orioles certainly took a young arm, that at least on the stat sheet, looks far away from the Major Leagues.

Right-hander Adrian Rosario is just 21, from Santiago, Dominican Republic. The O’s took him in today’s Rule 5 draft with the 4th pick and he would have to stay on their 25-man Major League roster all season.


Rosario moved to Wisconsin of the Midwest League and went 4-0 with 2 saves and a 4.50 ERA. Over 32 innings, all in relief, he fanned 44 with 15 walks and a .230 average against.

In that league, right-handed hitters batted just .204 vs. him.

In 46 1/3 innings on the season, between the two levels, Rosario, who goes 6’4″ and 180 pounds, fanned 59 batters.

Next up: John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com:

Adrian Rosario, RHP, from Brewers: 21 year old from the Dominican Republic, posted 3.50 ERA with 59/18 K/BB in 46 innings between the Pioneer and Midwest League. Projectable and young, and dramatically improved his strikeout rate this year. Probably a long shot to stick due to lack of experience.

And Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus:

Adrian Rosario, RHP (from Brewers): Long-limbed and projectable relief type with impressive stuff; but also a player who had trouble throwing strikes in Low-A.

I agree that it will be a long shot for Rosario to stick with the Orioles Major League roster.  This reminds me of the time that the Minnesota Twins selected Ryan-Rowland-Smith in the Rule 5 draft back in 2004.

RRS went to spring training with the Twins and made it up to the end, but there was no spot for him so he was sent back to the Mariners before the season started.

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