Rosario was viewed by scouts as one of the best athletes in the 2016 international class, and he's done nothing to prove those scouts wrong. That athleticism, along with his promising bat and feel for the game, led the Padres to sign Rosario for $1.85 million. He’s been an on-base machine at every level, finishing all three professional seasons with an on-base percentage of .368 or better.
Rosario has natural hitting ability thanks to a combination of bat speed, barrel control and hand-eye coordination. But his swing has a few moving parts, which makes it tricky to repeat. If he can simplify things, Rosario has quick hands and makes lot of hard contact from the left side of the plate, and he could grow into some power.
Rosario’s above-average speed enables him to cover ground with graceful strides in the outfield, and club officials are optimistic about his chances of remaining in center. He still needs time to develop in the Minors, mostly to fill out his lean and athletic frame. But the finished product could be that of a big league regular, with the athletic capabilities to do dazzling things on the baseball field -- including his trademark back flips to celebrate victories.