Vega-Rosado Just Learning The Game

The Jays' 28th round pick this year wasn't expecting to get drafted. Instead, Jorge Vega-Rosado was giving support to his cousin Jack Lopez to be taken in the 2011 MLB Draft. A few weeks later, though, the 19-year-old shortstop out of Miami Dade Community College South is on the Blue Jays' Gulf Coast League roster. And in his first game as a professional ball player, Vega-Rosado hit a home run.

"It was big," Jorge Vega-Rosado said of the homer. "It was two strikes, I wasn't expecting to hit a home run but sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't so I'm just glad it happened."

Through eleven games, Vega-Rosado is batting .282 to go along with two home runs and six RBIs. He's also displayed good plate discipline so far, walking nearly as many times [6] as he's struck out [8].

"I've been playing good," he said. "There's more stuff that I need to work on and more improvement, but so far I think I've been doing pretty good."

At this early stage in Vega-Rosado's career, he's not exactly limited with the things he needs to improve. For the GCL Blue Jays' batting coach Paul Elliot, Vega-Rosado needs to be working on every aspect of his game.

"It's on everything. It's like with every kid out there, not just with [him]," Elliot said. "They're all young. For 90 percent of them, it's their first year of pro ball. It's a big difference to playing in college or high school, and all parts of their game need to be improved."

Elliot assessed what he's seen from Vega-Rosado in the few weeks he's had to work with him.

"His hands need some work at the moment, but that's just normal for a young kid like him," said Elliot. "Hitting-wise, we'll just make some adjustments with him now. He's got good hand-eye coordination and a pretty good approach to the baseball at the moment so once again, he's another young kid.

"There's no rush with [him]. They'll dictate their own timetable, as far as how they can quickly make adjustments that we need them to make and taking them into the game."

Accustomed to playing shortstop, Vega-Rosado has had to make some adjustments with moving primarily to second base with the Jays. With another prospect, Dickie Thon, coming off the disabled list and typically playing five innings a game at short, Vega-Rosado is seeing playing time at second to begin games, then switching to the opposite side of the infield to finish them out.

"For him to progress and be the athlete we think he can be, he needs to play both sides of the base," Elliot stated, adding that Vega-Rosado has plus arm strength. "He's gotta get used to it. It's a learning curve for him. He's gonna make mistakes; we all understand that, we all know that, so it's just a matter of time."

Vega-Rosado said he has played at second base before, but he just needs to get used to it more. He said there isn't a big difference between the two positions, but your role in turning a double play changes.

There are a number of things both Vega-Rosado and Coach Elliot acknowledge he must improve on. He's just beginning his professional career, though, and for him, the first thing to improve on is becoming a more knowledgeable ball player.

"Just being a better player, just knowing the game better," Vega-Rosado said. "I think that's a big thing, just getting to know the game more."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It was big,\" Jorge Vega-Rosado said of the homer. \"It was two strikes, I wasn't expecting to hit a home run but sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't so I'm just glad it happened.\"
\r\n
\r\nThrough eleven games, Vega-Rosado is batting .282 to go along with two home runs and six RBIs. He's also displayed good plate discipline so far, walking nearly as many times [6] as he's struck out [8].
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been playing good,\" he said. \"There's more stuff that I need to work on and more improvement, but so far I think I've been doing pretty good.\"
\r\n
\r\nAt this early stage in Vega-Rosado's career, he's not exactly limited with the things he needs to improve. For the GCL Blue Jays' batting coach Paul Elliot, Vega-Rosado needs to be working on every aspect of his game.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's on everything. It's like with every kid out there, not just with [him],\" Elliot said. \"They're all young. For 90 percent of them, it's their first year of pro ball. It's a big difference to playing in college or high school, and all parts of their game need to be improved.\"
\r\n
\r\nElliot assessed what he's seen from Vega-Rosado in the few weeks he's had to work with him.
\r\n
\r\n\"His hands need some work at the moment, but that's just normal for a young kid like him,\" said Elliot. \"Hitting-wise, we'll just make some adjustments with him now. He's got good hand-eye coordination and a pretty good approach to the baseball at the moment so once again, he's another young kid.
\r\n
\r\n\"There's no rush with [him]. They'll dictate their own timetable, as far as how they can quickly make adjustments that we need them to make and taking them into the game.\"
\r\n
\r\nAccustomed to playing shortstop, Vega-Rosado has had to make some adjustments with moving primarily to second base with the Jays. With another prospect, Dickie Thon, coming off the disabled list and typically playing five innings a game at short, Vega-Rosado is seeing playing time at second to begin games, then switching to the opposite side of the infield to finish them out.
\r\n
\r\n\"For him to progress and be the athlete we think he can be, he needs to play both sides of the base,\" Elliot stated, adding that Vega-Rosado has plus arm strength. \"He's gotta get used to it. It's a learning curve for him. He's gonna make mistakes; we all understand that, we all know that, so it's just a matter of time.\"
\r\n
\r\nVega-Rosado said he has played at second base before, but he just needs to get used to it more. He said there isn't a big difference between the two positions, but your role in turning a double play changes.
\r\n
\r\nThere are a number of things both Vega-Rosado and Coach Elliot acknowledge he must improve on. He's just beginning his professional career, though, and for him, the first thing to improve on is becoming a more knowledgeable ball player.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just being a better player, just knowing the game better,\" Vega-Rosado said. \"I think that's a big thing, just getting to know the game more.\"
\r\n
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