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20 Wilin Rosario 1B
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 2/23/1989 | Birthplace: Bonao, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $491,000 | Owned/Started%: 53/41 | Average Draft Position: 201.78
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Rockies 1B Wilin Rosario sits out on Tuesday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. This marks the third time in the last four games that Rosario has sat out, as he's been sharing time at first base with Ben Paulsen

Rosario continues to hit well this season, however, as he has nine hits in his last 28 at-bats. Paulsen will draw the start at first base and bat sixth on Tuesday.


Gonzalez, LeMahieu and Rosario have days off for Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) After playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is getting the day off on Sunday against the Giants. 

Brandon Barnes will fill in for Gonzalez and bat sixth. 

Infielder DJ LeMahieu is also getting the day off. Daniel Descalso will play second base instead. Ben Paulsen is filling in for Wilin Rosario, who also has the day off. 


Rockies 1B Wilin Rosario keeps on hitting since return from minors


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario has remained hot at the plate after returning from a rather surprising Triple-A stint. On Wednesday, Rosario went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored as the Rockies fell to the Phillies 4-2. 

In the 10 games since Rosario returned from Triple-A on May 10, Rosario is hitting .293 (12 for 41) with a double, a triple and a home run. He has hits in all but three of those 10 games. He has been playing regularly at first base with Justin Morneau out of action. 


Justin Morneau misses second straight start for Rockies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will miss his second straight start on Friday. Morneau is suffering from dizziness. He left Wednesday's game and hasn't played since. 

Wilin Rosario replaces Morneau at first for the second straight game and the fifth time this year. He'll bat cleanup for the second time this season. 


Rockies' Wilin Rosario homers, knocks in two runs in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Rockies slugger Wilin Rosario launched his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Dodgers. The solo home run was one of two hits Rosario had on the evening, and he also drove in a pair of runs. It was his first home run since the third game of the season.

Rosario was filling in at first base for Justin Morneau and took full advantage of facing left-hander Brett Anderson. Rosario has owned left-handed pitching over the course of his career, hitting .332 and slugging .650 lifetime against southpaws.


Rockies 1B Justin Morneau absent from Thursday's lineup


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Dodgers. Morneau was forced to exit Wednesday's game in the eighth inning when he experienced dizziness after diving for a ball. The team did not provide an update on his status or when he might return to the lineup.

Wilin Rosario is starting at first base on Thursday and will bat fifth.


Rockies return three sluggers to starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is back in the starting lineup, batting fifth for Tuesday's matchup against the Angels. Morneau was given the day off on Sunday, with Wilin Rosario filling in. Rosario will be the desginated hitter, with the team playing in an American League ballpark.

Outfielders Corey Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez are also returning to the lineup. Gonzalez will be in right field and bat third, while Dickerson is in left and is hitting seventh. Both were held out of the lineup on Sunday.


Rockies' Weiss: Wilin Rosario getting 'more comfortable' at 1B


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Saturday that Wilin Rosario, who saw regular playing time at first base in Triple-A, is getting more comfortable at the position, the Denver Post reports.

"Wilin was putting in a lot of work, a lot of early work," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's still a work in progress and he's learning a new position, but he's embraced it. He's attacking that with the same enthusiasm he tackles everything. It's been a tough season for him, relatively speaking. But he has not changed at all."

Rosario said that "things are coming more naturally" for the converted catcher, and Weiss agrees.

"(Isotopes manager) Glenallen Hill said 'the Bull' was working extremely hard and made some nice plays," Weiss said. "I think he is getting more and more comfortable there."

Rosario was brought back to the majors Saturday after going 12 for 35 at the Triple-A level. He's embraced the first base position more than he has in the past.

"Right now I feel like a first baseman," he said Saturday. "I haven't caught in a month, and I don't know what's going to happen in the future. Right now, all I can tell you is that I have a first baseman's glove for my hand."


Rockies option LHP Tyler Matzek to Triple-A, recall C/1B Rosario


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) The Rockies have optioned left-hander pitcher Tyler Matzek to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, the team announced. Matzek made five starts this season for Colorado, going 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings. His 15:19 K:BB ratio is rather alarming. He struggled in his most recent start on Wednesday. He gave up four earned runs while walking six with just two strikeouts in two innings against the Diamondbacks.

To fill his roster spot, the Rockies recalled catcher/first baseman Wilin Rosario from Triple-A. Rosario was hitting well this season before his surprising demotion, batting .357 (5 for 14) in his first 10 games. He's been raking in Albuquerque as well, sporting a .343/.361/.457 batting line in nine games. 


Solid first week in minors for Rockies' Wilin Rosario


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Since being sent to Triple-A Albuquerque in the last week of April, Rockies first baseman Wilin Rosario has made a strong case to get a second look in Colorado at some point in the near future. 

In seven games in the minors, Rosario is hitting .333 with three doubles, three runs scored and three RBI.


Rockies option first baseman Wilin Rosario to Triple-A


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Rockies have optioned first baseman Wilin Rosario to Triple-A Albequrque to make room for pitcher John Axford, according to the Denver Post.

Rosario is expected to play first base everyday in Triple-A and Rosario is frustrated by the move.

"I don't feel good," Rosario said. "I'd be lying to you if I said that. I need to be here. I'm playing at a big-league level.

"They need a couple pitchers this week. After that, I'll be back."

Rosario is hitting .357 with one home run and two RBI in 14 at-bats this season.


Rockies' Wilin Rosario still adjusting to first base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario is still looking to figure things out at his new position, first base. Rosario misplayed a couple of ground balls Friday, but manager Walt Weiss still has faith in him figuring it out, according to the Denver Post.

"Both plays at first were not routine plays," Weiss said. "The ball down the line was a difficult play. ... The other was a throw in the dirt that he didn't pick. But he's working really hard and has a great attitude. I haven't backed off that all — having him at first."

Rosario is hitting .333 in 12 at-bats this season.


Rockies give Gonzalez, Morneau the night off vs. Dodgers' Kershaw


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss gave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and first baseman Justin Morneau the night off Friday against Dodgers right-hander Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. Morneau is 0-for-3 lifetime against Kershaw, while Gonzalez has five hits in 30 at-bats against the Dodgers southpaw.

With Gonzalez on the bench, Weiss chose to go with Charlie Blackmon in right field, Corey Dickerson in left field and Drew Stubbs in center field. Wilin Rosario started at first and batted cleanup in place of Morneau.


Rockies' Morneau, Blackmon rest Friday against Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and center fielder Charlie Blackmon were not in the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs. Chicago started left-hander Travis Wood.

Drew Stubbs replaced Blackmon in center field, while Wilin Rosario started at first base for Colorado. 

Blackmon, who bats left-handed, is batting .143 (2 for 14) with one double and no RBI in three games. He also has one run, one walk and six strikeouts.

Morneau, who also bats left-handed, is batting .077 (1 for 13) with one double and no RBI in three games. He has no walks and one strikeout.


Rockies' Wilin Rosario homers in pinch-hit appearance


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) In his first plate appearance of the season, Rockies' Wilin Rosario homered in the 10th inning to lift the team over the Brewers.

After being sent to the bench for the third straight game, Rosario was called on to pinch-hit with the game tied up in extra innings. His home run ended up being the difference, as the Rockies topped the Brewers, 5-4.

''I just want to be positive,'' Rosario said. ''I want to play every day, but I want to be focused. I want to win. I want what's best for the team.''


Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will play Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will play and is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, despite being left out of the lineup originally, reports The Denver Post.

Morneau's status was up in the air after suffering a neck injury Tuesday when he was hit trying to take third base. Wilin Rosario was originally set to start at first in Morneau's place, but will move back to the bench with him being cleared to play.

The Brewers are the favorites (-145) over the Rockies Wednesday.


Rockies' Justin Morneau may play through neck injury Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau was held out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a neck injury.

Morneau left Tuesday's game after being hit in the neck by a throw while attempting to reach third on a double. Morneau said he is fine and hopes to play Wednesday, despite not being in the starting lineup, per The Denver Post.

Wilin Rosario will replace Morneau at first. He has played eight games in his career at first with a .286/.310/.429 slash line.


Rosario, Descalso behind Morneau on Rockies 1B depth chart


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario will be the primary backup at first base to starter Justin Morneau, manager Walt Weiss announced Monday. Daniel Descalso will be third on the depth chart. 

Weiss added on the days Rosario starts, he will not hesitate to insert Morneau into the lineup late in games for defensive purposes, per The Denver Post.


Rockies may carry three catchers on Opening Day roster


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Rockies are looking more and more like they will have a third catching option on their Opening Day roster, reports the Denver Post.

Wilin Rosario, considered the third catcher, is expected to make the roster, but also provide depth at first base behind Justin Morneau.

"Honestly, the way that it looks like it's heading, is if we carry the two catchers in Hundley and McKenry, then Rosario lines up now as that half half-catcher who plays first base," manager Walt Weiss said Tuesday before the Rockies played the White Sox."

Weiss cited having Rosario and Michael McKenry as flexibility off the bench, especially on offense.

"This allows you to pinch-hit a catcher during a game because you are protected, which is huge," he said. "The way we design our roster, most of the time, is that we are carrying 13 pitchers — with eight guys in the bullpen. That leaves us short on the bench.

"If you have a four-man bench and you can’t use your catcher — because you are afraid to lose your backup catcher — then you have a three-man bench. So you are really short-handed. Having a guy who can go behind the plate allows you to pinch-hit a catcher."


Rockies' Wilin Rosario to return Friday, Daniel Descalso few days away


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss is expecting catcher/first baseman Wilin Rosario to return to the team on Friday, according to The Denver Post

Rosario missed Tuesday's game and won't play Wednesday so that he can mourn the death of his grandfather. 

Infielder Daniel Descalso is still expected to miss a few more days due to an oblique injury, Weiss said. 


Rockies' Wilin Rosario getting comfortable at first base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Rockies catcher/first baseman Wilin Rosario said Wednesday that his work at first base has helped him to get in a rhythm when he gets behind the plate, MLB.com reports.

"The first couple days, I felt a little out of balance, but after I take ground balls and then catch again, I get in a rhythm," Rosario said. "Whatever I do at first helps me to catch. Because the soft hands you need at first are the same as when you're catching. I feel like it's better to play first and then catching, but once I get it, I don't think it'll be too much of a difference."

Rosario is expected to serve as a backup at both catcher and first base this season. He entered play Wednesday 5 for 14 with two home runs, both of which came in Tuesday's game.


Rockies' Wilin Rosario enjoying versatile role during spring training


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Wilin Rosario won't be behind the plate for the Rockies as much this coming season. 

But with Colorado wanting to utilize his offense — he's hit over .300 the past three seasons — the organization is doing what it can to get him plenty of at-bats. Therefore, with Nick Hundey at catcher, the Rockies are looking at Rosario to play catcher, first base and come off the bench as a pinch-hitter. 

Though Rosario would like to prove he can be a solid catcher in the big leagues, he's enjoying his new role with the Rockies. 

"This year is more simple," Rosario said, per MLB.com. "I ask my teammates how I look, and they say I look at lot different. It's not as much pressure as in the past. If I catch, I'm going to enjoy doing it. If I play first base, I'm going to enjoy doing it. It's just that I love to play."


Rockies' Wilin Rosario receives positive reviews at first base


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario received positive reviews after playing first base on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

Rosario showed off his athleticism, saving two possible errors during the appearance. The club is trying to work Rosario in at the position after signing Nick Hundley in the offseason. Rosario has been taking extra fielding practice at first during camp. Rosario is expected to see equal time at first and behind the plate this spring.

The 26-year-old hit .267/.305/.435 over 382 at-bats last year.


Rockies manager Weiss: I won't carry three pure catchers on roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss made it clear that he won't carry three pure catchers on the 25-man active roster, and told reporters that Wilin Rosario is "serviceable" as a backup first baseman option, per the Denver Post.

"I don't think it can be strictly three catchers," Weiss said. "Somebody is going to have to be more versatile than just a catcher. I don't envision carrying three catchers only.

"Obviously, you are talking about Wilin at first base. I think he's going to be very serviceable over there and the more things he can do, the better it is for us."

With Nick Hundley likely slated to serve as the club's No. 2 catcher behind Rosario, Michael McKenry appears destined to start the year in the minors, barring a trade before opening day.


Rockies' Willin Rosario loses arbitration hearing, will make $2.8M


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario lost his arbitration hearing, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Rosario, who filed for $3.3 million, will make $2.8 million in 2015.