Del Rosario, one to keep an eye on
Posted by jfay March 2nd, 2010, 11:31 am
Right-hander Enerio Del Rosario has been one of the more impressive pitcchers in camp.
Del Rosario, 24, combined to 3-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 12 saves while moving from Sarasota to Carolina to Louisville. He struck out 54 and walked only six. He’ll drop down to side arm to throw his sinker ball. I’d be surprised if you don’t see him in the big leagues at some point this.
“He’s impressed me,” Dusty Baker said. “He has a loose arm. You wouldn’t know it but this is his first time in big league camp. He fields his position well. I talked to some of guys about him. They said he calls the infielders off he’s such a great fielder. He tells them to get out of the way.
“He keeps the ball down, runs it in on them. There’s always a place on a team sooner or later who has a good natural sinker. You can get out of more situations. He’s the kind of guy you bring in first and second, nobody out, one out, and he’ll throw up that groundball double play. Most teams I’ve been on, good teams, we’ve always had at least one sinker ball guy.”
Being a good fielder helps if you throw sinker.
“That’s what I was trying to tell (Jordan) Smith: You guys are going to have to working on fielding more than anybody because as a hitter I’m taught hit the ball back through the middle so I don’t roll over on it. The better fielder you are, the more runs you save yourself. I used to see Greg Maddux work on it all the time. Tommy John used to throw us BP without the screen.”