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  1. The one problem with Rosario is his “game-changing” defense. As in I watched about a dozen of his starts and he single-handedly lost two of them with his defense (I recall one was against the Phillies).

    If that defense does not improve, it’s going to be hard for the Rockies to use him as an everyday guy. I wouldn’t be shocked if he sees time elsewhere on the diamond to keep his bat in the lineup.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — November 12, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  2. pretty sure he saw time at 3B and 1B last year, albeit only a few innings, and was absolutely awful. it would seem that some of his issues behind the plate should be fixable in the offseason. while calling games and pitch framing might be more of an art than a science, i think blocking balls in the dirt and limiting mistakes associated with such skills, should be something that can be improved by simply tweaking mechanics….and if hes hitting 30-35+ HR while hitting .260-.270, i think the rockies will live with him behind the plate. not like hes catching many of that staff’s pitches anyway. the 280-pound dude eating 3 hot dogs in LF is more likely to see extended time catching balls rather than rosario.

    Comment by Cliff — November 12, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  3. Another red flag are his platoon splits his obp declines 100 points and his slg drops 300 pts vs rhp.

    Comment by James — November 12, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  4. Something that needs to be addressed when bringing up his defensive woes (don’t get me wrong, the guy is bad behind the plate by any measure and his upside may end up being ‘serviceable’) is that he caught one of the worst pitching staffs ever assembled. He caught 878 of the 1422 innings thrown by Rockies pitchers where the pitchers gave up 63 wild pitches, so he caught 61.7% of the innings where pitchers gave up 67% of their wild pitches. It’s not just him, the staff was TERRIBLE.

    You also fail to recognize that he caught 32% of base stealers. MLB average was only 26.6% and on his team the three others who saw time behind the plate only caught 13 thieves.

    Again, I’m not defending him as a great defender, he gave up all but one passed ball for the team and when the team has 22 passed balls that’s a little ridiculous, but it’s not all his fault. When you go out to get starting pitching and you basically just take a shot gun to the bottom of the barrel this is the kind of thing you expect to see.

    Hopefully between him growing as a defensive catcher and his pitchers refining their control his defense will look much better.

    Comment by Stuck in a slump — November 12, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  5. Can’t really complain even when the ISO drops .200+ points if the guy is still managing an ISO of .201.

    Even vs righties he managed a .726 OPS which isn’t bad for a catcher. Comparing his vs R OPS to other catcher’s full season (min 250 PA) has him right around Iannetta and Maldonado and significantly higher than Martin and JPA and he still hit 14 HR with that massive drop off which was the 6th highest in the game by a Catcher vs R. I don’t know how much you trust Salty or Pierzynski to repeat their sudden outburst in power, but I’d rather gamble on Rosario again.

    Comment by Stuck in a slump — November 13, 2012 @ 12:40 am

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