Rosario Might Be Done For Year

August 8, 2009 | 5:03 pm | 5  

Wilin Rosario, the Rockies top catching prospect, could miss the rest of the season due to a wrist injury. The 20-year-old Rosario, who has more than held his own at high Class A Modesto, has not played since July 28 due to an inflammed left wrist.

He suffered the injury on a tag play at the plate. An MRI exam detected no structural damage, only inflammation. But Rosario is expected to miss two to four more weeks, which will likely cost him the rest of the season.

Because the injury is on the wrist of Rosario’s catching hand, that wrist requires constant flexing. So the rigors of his position mean Rosario must have no soreness in his wrist when he goes back behind the plate.

Rosario made the jump this year from Rookie Casper, where he spent the past two seasons, to Modesto. In 58 games for the Nuts, he’s hitting .266 with four homers and 33 RBI. Rosario hit .231 in April, .204 in May, .321 in June and .296 in July, a month he finished by going 13-for-36 (.361) in his final 10 games. Like his offense, Rosario’s defensive play has improved over the course of the season.

If he does miss the balance of this season, the Rockies expect Rosario to be healthy to participate in their instructional league program in Tucson, which begins Sept. 20.

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  • Agbayani | August 8, 2009 | 7:44 pm

    Jack, when did Rosario pass Michael McKenry as a catching prospect? McKenry is still stuck at Tulsa in his age 24 season. I recall that after the 2007 season he was already considered to be a fine defensive catcher showing a decent bat. Is he still considered a prospect, or is he now organizational filler?

  • Jack Etkin | August 8, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    Agbayani,

    McKenry is most definitely considered a prospect, probably the only position player at Tulsa along with Holcomb who can be put in that category. Rosario has always had a plus, plus arm and his prospect status rose greatly when he had a big year offensively while repeating at Casper last season. He then parlayed that season into the leap to Modesto. His receiving skills were raw his first year at Casper but have steadily improved.

  • Agbayani | August 8, 2009 | 8:58 pm

    Thanks. Glad to see McKenry’s still in the mix. I guess they must have been working on some things with him in Tulsa this year, since there’s clearly no prospect blocking him at Colo Springs, and McKenry’s batting line (10 HRs, 825 OPS) is certainly decent, although far from spectacular.

  • Jack | August 9, 2009 | 7:52 pm

    Considering how small of a field tulsa is, that’s not a great line.

  • James | August 19, 2009 | 10:25 pm

    No chance Willin moves up next year anyway. He’s clearly overmatched at this level not just offensively but defensively. He has a long way to go to be a barely average defensive catcher