ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent Wilin Rosario is drawing interest from some teams, mostly from the American League.
Rosario, 28, last played in the majors in 2015. Across five seasons, all with the Rockies, he hit .273/.306/.473. He mostly caught but moved to first base in 2015.
Rosario has spent the last two seasons with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization. He’s put up some great numbers. In 2016, he hit .321/.367/.593 with 33 home runs and 120 RBI. In 2017, he hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs and 111 RBI.
Teams may think Rosario could be the next Eric Thames. Thames put up middling numbers in the majors in 2011-12, then went to Korea and put up monster numbers for a few years. He returned to the majors in 2017 with the Brewers and blasted 31 homers despite battling injuries.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”