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Kalai Rosario

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Kalai Rosario
Name: Kala'i Ho'okele Rosario
Born: Jul 2, 2002 in Papaikou, HI
High School: Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (158th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2020 (signed for $270,000)
Hawaii’s top 2020 draft prospect, Rosario separated himself last summer when he tied for the second-highest exit velocity at PG National and won the home run derby at the Area Code Games, sending one shot 440 feet. A strong, physical righthanded hitter, Rosario already posts exit velocities upward of 100 mph and elevates the ball to get the most from his brute strength. He draws consistent plus-plus power grades from evaluators and even an occasional 80. More than just a slugger, Rosario is a mature hitter who makes adjustments, can shoot the ball the other way and limits his strikeouts, although he is prone to swinging and missing at times. He is a good athlete for his size who currently plays center field but projects to move to a corner, likely left field unless his arm improves. Rosario has the bat to profile at any position and the strong makeup components to get the most from his talent. Many scouts consider him Hawaii's best high school draft prospect since 2014 first-rounder Kodi Medeiros. He is committed to California Baptist.
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