Dodger Prospect #43 - OF Jovanny Rosario

Continuing the series on the top 50 Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best. Player ratings will be published Monday through Friday each week. Today we highlight #43, OF Jovanny Rosario who is working his way through the Dodgers' minor league system.

OF JOVANNY ROSARIO
Outfielder
5-9 160 BS TR
Born-June 7, 1985 San Isidro, DR
Signed as a free agent June 2003
2008 rating #46


Rosario was always able to run and run fast. He won sprints in spring training that established him as the fastest man on the organization and Baseball America echoed that in 2007, anointing him the Dodgers fastest player. Then he did some serious hitting, .373 for the Gulf Coast Dodgers and .331 for Ogden and he began to get more attention.

In his three years in the Dominican Summer League and one in the Gulf Coast League, Rosario always had the look of a hitter- of the singles variety, of course. He hit .316 for Santo Domingo 1 in 2004, .318 for Santo Domingo in his final year on the island and then exploded for a league-leading .373 average for the Gulf Coast Dodgers.

But he' has hit only nine homers in his six professional seasons, true, he did send five of them out of the park at Ogden in 2007 but perhaps that was because of the rarified atmosphere in Utah more than the fact that he's muscling up.

But his running was no illusion. He has stolen 86 and has been caught just 33 times, a .723 percentage.

In 2008 at Great Lakes he opened the season with a 15-game hitting streak and went on to add a little more power over his first full length professional season. He banged out 130 hits, 17 doubles, 10 triples and scored 70 runs, all personal best marks. He ranked third in the Dodgers' system wit his 39 stolen bases and his 130 hits were second on the Loons to Andrew Lambo's 139.

He's still too much of a free swinger, whiffing 94 times, but he's increased his walk total to 30 so he's learning there. The biggest rap against him is his size (5-9. 160) but you Dustin Pedroia fans know that sometimes the little man wins out.

Over his minor league career average is just two at-bats away from a .300 average -- and if he has another solid year with the plate, he'll gain even more believers.

He should open 2009 at Inland Empire.

OF Jovanny Rosario

year	team       ave   obp  gm   ab   r    h  2b  3b  hr  bi  sb  
2003	SanDom 1  .174  .240   8   23   3    4   0   0   0   0   2   
	SanDom 2  .248  .325  42  149  26   37   5   4   1   1  16
2004	SanDom 2  .222  .323  12   27   4    6   1   0   0   2   2
	SanDom 1  .316  .374  36  133  22   42   5   6   0  18  18    
2005	SDomingo  .318  .371  30  217  44   69  11   5   1  16  21  
2006	GCLeague  .383  .345  46  180  34   51   9   2   1  15   2
2007	Ogden     .331  .376  70  281  47   93  11   4   5  34  22
2008	GrLakes   .270  .315 127  482  68  130  17  10   1  35  39	    	
  Totals	  .299  .357 274 1010 180  302  42  21   8  94  86 

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