Sandy Rosario keeps getting tossed around between Oakland and Boston this year. It is the third time he's been claimed, including twice by the Red Sox. Now he has been claimed by the Cubs, according to Carrie Muskat.
Rosario, 27, is entering his peak peformance years. He fits the profile of recent Cubs bullpen acquisitions in that he has a live arm who can also find the plate with consistency.
He has a mid 90s fastball that peaks around 97 mph. He throws strikes and misses bats (including a 17 walk/122 K season in 2010 for low A ball Greensboro, when he was ranked as the Marlins #21 prospect). Last year he pitched 26 innings for the Marlins AAA affiliate and finished with a 1.04 RA and a walk to strikeout ratio of 0.69/8.39.
He also features plus slider that can touch 90 mph and a so-so change. If he has a weakness it's that he sometimes catches too much of the plate and probably gives up more hits than he should. A big step forward for him would be to refine his location to where he's not just throwing strikes, but he's putting them in better locations.
He profiles as a late inning reliever and is another buy low guy with a chance to add some serious value. This offseason the Cubs have added Carlos Gutierrez, Zach Putnam, Hector Rondon, and Kyuji Fujikawa. All of them profile as big arms with the ability to control the strike zone.
Good flyer to take as all he will cost is a roster spot. No word on who the odd man out is at this time.
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