Rookie Dish: Casper Rides Rosario to Victory

 Prospect of the Day

Casper catcher Wilin Rosario (Rockies) turned Tuesday night’s contest between Missoula and Casper into a one-man show. The 19-year-old who hails from the Dominican Republic was 5-for-5 with two home runs in a 3-0 Casper victory. Rosario had a solo home run in the first before striking with a two-run bomb in the seventh. The catcher also ripped two doubles and a had a single in the victory. Rosario is now batting .361 on the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Erik Komatsu (Brewers) is riding a modest three game hitting streak after his 2-for-4 night against Idaho Falls on Tuesday. Komatsu, the Brewers’ center fielder, is now batting .333 on the year. . .Burlington (Royals) third baseman Fernando Cruz has been somewhat of a disappointment thus far in the Appalachian League. Cruz, the Royals top third base prospect, has struggled coming into Tuesday night’s matchup with Greeneville, picking up a hit in just 2 of his last 11 games. Cruz broke out of his slump with a 2-for-3 night on Tuesday, including his third double of the year. Cruz’s performance wasn’t enough as the slumping Royals fell to 4-16 on the year, losing 2-1. . . AZL Angels righthander Tyler Chatwood made his pro debut on Tuesday. Chatwood, the Angels first pick of the 2008 draft, lasted 1 1/3 innings in his debut. The undersized native of Yucaipa, Calif. gave up a hit, while striking out two in a scoreless opening. . . Danville (Braves) third baseman Jon Gilmore struggled in the South Atlantic League before being sent down to the Appalachian League to refine his approach and gain confidence. The move seems to be working out well for Gilmore who is now batting .341. Gilmore went 4-for-5 with three doubles in Danville’s 10-1 rout of Bluefield on Tuesday night.

What to Watch for Today

Appalachian League fans will be in for a treat today as there will be a trio of doubleheaders to make up for Tuesday’s cancellations, due to rain. The marquee matchup will be Kingsport (Mets), led by hot-hitting shortstop Wilmer Flores, taking on defending champion Elizabethton (Twins).