The St. Louis Cardinals have signed minor league catcher Alberto Rosario, reports Baseball America.
The 27-year-old became a free agent following the season after playing in the Los Angeles Dodgers system in 2014. The Cardinals will be his fourth organization in the last four seasons after his time with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Los Angeles Angels from 2006-12.
The native of the Dominican Republic has spent most of the last four-plus seasons at the Double-A with several Triple-A trials. Rosario is most known for his skills behind the plate, having been named the Angels system’s best defensive catcher in 2010 and 2011 by BA.
The right-handed hitter is not much with the bat, however, which is what likely stalled his career. Rosario has a career line of .240/.291/.310/.601 over nine seasons. At Double-A, where he has spent the majority of his time, his results drop to .218/.268/.266/.534 over parts of five seasons.
One of Springfield’s two 2014 catchers, Cody Stanley, is likely to be promoted to Triple-A Memphis next season to replace departed Audry Perez. With no clear candidate to move up from Palm Beach, I project Rosario is slated to join returnee Travis Tartamella behind the plate for the Double-A Cards in 2015.
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