Q&A with Jovan Rosa

Jovan Rosa had one of the best seasons in the Class-A Midwest League in 2008, batting .293 with 43 doubles (most in the Cubs farm system), seven home runs and 81 RBI in 128 games. The 21-year-old third baseman has since taken his play to the Puerto Rican Winter League.

This was your first full pro season. Were you happy with how things ended up?

JOVAN ROSA: You can't be mad about it. Every player would probably tell you that we could have done better. I know for a fact that I could have done a little better, but there's stuff I have to work on and it was my first full season. I'd never had that many at-bats, so I didn't know what to expect. Now I do, so hopefully I can do a little better this off-season and be ready for the whole season. Hopefully I can cut back on my strikeouts. I think I can always do a little bit better.

Is plate discipline the biggest area you're working to improve?

JOVAN ROSA: I talked to the (Peoria) hitting coach, Desi Wilson, and he told me it was part of the development, so I'm not too worried about it. I'm going to strike out. They consider me a power hitter and power hitters usually strike out a little bit. I'm not too worried about it, but it is something I know I can (improve) on.

With the good year you had at Peoria, do you expect to begin 2009 at Daytona (high-A)? It would seem that's the natural progression.

JOVAN ROSA: I don't want to think about it right now. Hopefully I did enough to get myself at a level higher than Peoria. I just leave it up to them and let them figure that out. I just play the game and they make the decisions up there. Hopefully I can start at a level higher than Peoria. I think I did enough to get out of Peoria.

You talked about being a power hitter. Were you happy with the power numbers?

JOVAN ROSA: I'm a corner guy, so I need a bit more home runs. I was kind of worried about it ... I talked to Desi Wilson and he told me that with maturity, those doubles would turn into home runs. I'm not happy with the amount of home runs I had, but all the doubles I had, they mean something. Hopefully like Desi was saying, I can turn at least a few of them into home runs. I can't be mad about the doubles [laughs]. Hopefully I can get the home runs up a bit.

Your "natural" position is third base, but you got a lot of reps at first.

JOVAN ROSA: I had never done that; had never played first before. I was glad that I got the opportunity to learn a different position. I was a little rough at the beginning, but my coaches told me I got a lot better and that was a very important thing because nothing is guaranteed. I'm not guaranteed to keep moving up as a third baseman, so now I've got another option. I'm very happy about the fact that I can play first base. Whichever one is going to get me to the big leagues is the one I'm going to play.

How has winter ball in Puerto Rico gone thus far?

JOVAN ROSA: I'm in Puerto Rico right now. … I'm working on my swing and trying to be a lot more consistent on my swing. It's good competition, which is a good thing. I'm seeing a lot of pitching. I was facing former major leaguers and actual big leaguers. I started playing a lot in the beginning, but now I'm more of a bench guy. But even watching the veterans play, I've learned a lot from them and it's a great experience for me.

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