Found April 02, 2012 on
Author: Andrew Swanson
The Colorado Rockies open the 2012 season on the road against the Houston Astros on Friday with veteran pitcher Jeremy Guthrie taking the mound as the opening day starter. In one of the feel good stories of the spring, veteran southpaw Jamie Moyer will start the second game of the season after securing a starting spot this spring.
The primary catcher who will have the task of corralling Moyer’s Jimmy Carter era fastballs is Ramon Hernandez, a 17-year veteran who spent the previous three seasons in Cincinnati. In somewhat of a surprising move, manager Jim Tracy announced today that 23 year old slugger Wilin Rosario will be the team’s backup catcher to start the season.
Rosario impressed Tracy this spring with a .396 batting average in 48 plate appearances, with three home runs, five doubles, and 11 runs batted in. He led all Colorado catchers with an 1.099 OPS and displayed enough skill behind the plate to earn a roster spot over veteran backstop Wil Nieves.
From a fantasy perspective, Rosario currently has little value in anything but the deepest of NL only leagues. However, he has excellent power (40 HR over last two minor league seasons) and could be a nice mid-season acquisition should Hernandez struggle or succumb to injury. A 35-year-old catcher with 17 major league seasons under his belt and aging knees is a prime candidate to spend time on the DL, opening the door for Rosario to shine in the potent Rockies line-up.
I do not recommend using a draft pick on Rosario, as he will have little value at the start of the season. His value lies as a mid-season waiver wire pick in the event that Hernandez is placed on the shelf due to injury or inadequate play. If that does occur, I highly recommend using a waiver wire pick to secure the ownership rights of Rosario. Young catchers with excellent power are hard to find. A young catcher with power hitting in the friendly confines of Coors field is gold.
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