Colorado Rockies: Catcher Prospect Wilin Rosario Ready for MLB 2012

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIJanuary 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Conor Gillaspie #50 of the San Francisco Giants lay face down at home plate after hitting an inside the park two-run home run as catcher Wilin Rosario #12 of the Colorado Rockies looks on in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on September 27, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Wilin Rosario, the No. 5 catching prospect in all of baseball, is preparing for a chance to prove his skills with the Colorado Rockies.

Recovering from a knee injury, he made it back to play in the Futures game and was called up for his debut in the major leagues in September.

Rosario played in 16 games when he was called up batting .204 with 11 hits, three doubles, one triple, three home runs and eight RBI.

Had it not been for his injury, he may have had a better outing, although a .463 slugging percentage isn’t bad for such a short stint.

While in Double-A before his call-up to the Rockies, he played in 102 games hitting 21 home runs and 48 RBI with a .249 batting average and a .457 slugging percentage.

In the 2010 minor league season, he played in 73 games hitting 19 home runs and 52 RBI with a .285 batting average and a .552 slugging percentage.

Rosario struggled in 2011 due to his knee injury, but he appears to have recovered well.

Behind the plate, he has a strong arm that can gun down base-stealers and shut down a running game.

The 2012 season will give Rosario some opportunities to gain some more playing time and experience in MLB.

He may not play often, especially early in the season, but as one of the back-up catchers he’ll get chances to demonstrate his skills behind the plate.

His combination of being a talented backstop and his powerful hitting will be a great addition to the Colorado lineup for the 2012 season.

The Rockies appear to have the tools that they need to have a successful 2012.