Had Matt Hobgood had a decent start last night, this would have been his spot, but he struggled, so it's all Rosa, all the time.
If you're looking for someone to get REALLY excited about in the lower bowels of the organization, look no further than Rosa. He's got size (6'2" 170), the tools (plus speed, plus arm) and most important...he plays shortstop!!!
Rosa tantalized the O's with a .330 performance in the GCL two years ago, but did little to build upon that with a miserable 2009 that the O's will just chalk up to him getting his feet wet. This year, Rosa looks ready to recapture that form that rocketed him up the depth chart in 2008.
Playing full-season ball for the first time at age 20, Rosa, the Orioles first significant international signing from the D.R., has been raking. His .361 average ranks him tied for sixth in the Sally League (tied interestingly enough with superstar SS prospect Wilmer Flores), and his nine doubles place him third in the league.
He's scored 10 runs and driven in nine, and has impressed the O's by hitting well against both right (.400) and left-handed pitchers (.308).
The doubles make you think that Rosa has some power hidden in there somewhere, and even though he doesn't have any stolen bases in his first 16 games, expect him to finish with upwards of 10.
If Rosa shows he can handle Sally League pitching for the entirety of the season, he could be a sneaky pick to leap Frederick straight to Bowie to begin 2011.