Leo Rosales, Rolaids Relief Man

Leo Rosales did not record his first save of the year until the third month of the 2004 season. Over the course of the final three months of the season though, Rosales staked his claim to the best in the Midwest League, winning the Rolaids Relief Man Award for the Midwest League.

Leo Rosales capped off his 2004 season with a victory and three saves in the Wizards final six games of the season during the month of September. He finished the season with a 6-1 mark, 26 saves and 66 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. Rosales allowed only 53 hitters to reach base (38 hits, 15 walks) and had a 1.40 earned run average.

According to the Rolaids Relief Man scoring, a save is worth three points, a win two points and a loss negative two points. Rosales finished with 90 points, 16 points better than Paul Thorp of the Battle Creek Yankees (2-4, 26 saves – 74 points) and Bob Zimmerman of the Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-6, 24 saves – 68 points).

Rosales captured the top honors in the Midwest League for four consecutive months after recording 27 points in June, 26 in July and 24 in August.

Ryan Speier of the Double-A Tulsa Drillers (Colorado Rockies) took top honors among all minor league relief pitchers with 115 points (3-1, 37 saves) and San Diego Padres product Brad Baker of Double-A Mobile finished fourth overall with 106 points (3-1, 34 saves).

Rosales, with his 90 points, finished ninth overall, ahead of Jeremy Accardo of the San Francisco Giants organization, who had 84 points (3-3, 28 saves).

Former Wizard Dale Thayer finished third in the California League for Lake Elsinore with 68 points (2-1, 22 saves) and Brandon Kintzler of the Padres Arizona League team tied for second with 20 points (3-2, 6 saves).

Rosales is not the only Wizards pitcher to have had success from the Rolaids Relief Man Award. J.J. Trujillo, with the Kansas City Royals organization, won the minor league honor in 2000 after posting a club-record 42 saves and accumulating 124 points.

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