While it may very well end up being nothing, the Cubs claimed lefty reliever Randy Rosario off waivers from the Twins Friday afternoon. A 23-year-old from the Dominican, Rosario made his professional debut six years ago and spent his first five seasons with the Minnesota organization at the rookie and A-ball levels. Tommy John surgery cost him most of 2014, but he bounced back strong the following campaign.
Rosario was at high-A for most of 2016 and got a little run at AA near the end of the season. He began 2017 at high-A once more, but was quickly promoted and logged 57.1 innings at the AA level. He even got a shot of espresso with the Twins in June, making his MLB debut on the greatest day of the year (June 2, my birthday) and logging 2.1 innings in two appearances.
This past season was his first as a full-time reliever, which allowed the 6-1, 200-pound southpaw to really cut loose with the fastball. While he worked in the low 90’s as a starter, shorter stints saw him sitting 94-95 mph and touching a few ticks higher on occasion.
Combined with a sharp slider, Rosario was really effective against left-handed hitters. The …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider