Wilin Rosario is not ready for starting time with the Rockies to begin the 2012 season, despite what the club's front office might think or the Denver Post might be reporting.
What about hitting .249 at Double-A Tulsa screams 2012 starter?
Or is it the .204 average with the Rockies and 2 walks and 20 strikeouts in 16 games?
Rosario is an exciting package of power potential but lacks the necessary strike-zone defense and ability to hit for average at the major-league level. One day, maybe, not not currently. Yet the media continues to infer or report he will be a part-time starter with the Rockies.
If Rosario goes north with the Rockies to start the season he will be back in the minors within a month. He's not ready.
He wasn't ready late in 2011 despite his occasional home runs.
The Colorado Rockies' Analyst and Colorado Rockies' Prospects Report both stated Rosario's weaknesses would not go away once he got to Denver. And they didn't.
Rosario is not even a sure thing. Thankfully, the people at Baseball America saw enough light to not vote him the number-one positional player in the system again. He could still become a star, still could become a solid starter but as of today, he doesn't project as either type of player. He's a reserve.
Thankfully, the preposterous rumors that the general manager Dan O'Dowd would send Stewart to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Blake DeWitt have been debunked. DeWitt's upside is minimial. Stewart, for his awful play last season, has the ability to rebound and if he does, he should then be traded, posthaste, when he has more value than a coupon for a Thanksgiving day turkey.
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