The 2012 season was a rough one for the Colorado Rockies. They went from being competitive within their division, to being one of the worst teams in the entire league. They lost key players to injury and their pitching was arguably MLB at its worst. It was a tough season for the Rockies, but out of that adversity the team hopes that they will have grown stronger and will be better prepared for 2013.
This is especially true of catcher Wilin Rosario. Rosario was forced into the lineup last season as a replacement for the injured starter, Ramon Hernandez. Rosario had very little experience, and the team had hoped to bring him along slowly behind Hernandez while still being able to take advantage of his skill with the bat. It was a plan that made sense when it was drawn up, but no one can plan for an injury, and Rosario did the best he could with what he had.
His best with the bat was pretty impressive. He bashed 28 home runs, breaking the Rockies record for a rookie, and he led all other National League rookies in several categories as well. His offense made him an instant favorite with the fans, and with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki injured and out for the rest of the season, it was desperately needed at the time.
His defense behind the plate was called into question throughout the season, though, and he led the majors in passed balls. The lack of experienced was evident and at times, and there were games where it seemed he was a liability to his team. According to Rosario, the attention he got was hard on him. He would hear people talking about his defense and it would upset him, knowing that he was giving the team all he could.
The criticism has fueled him this off-season and he plans to showcase his improved skills behind the plate this season. He has been practicing and training since the end of the Rockies embarrassing performance last season, and he has even enlisted the expertise of former All-Star catchers. His goal is to become the best player on the field, and from the glimpses we have seen from the unpolished youngster, he has the ability to reach his goals.
The Rockies head into Spring Training this coming week, and Rosario will be among the first group to report. The team will take advantage of the fact that everyone is starting fresh and last season is a thing of the past. They will focus on the strengths of the team and work towards a better 2013 campaign. With a player like Wilin Rosario in the lineup, it really should not be that hard to accomplish.