MLB: Dilemma! Cleveland has a great intrigue to solve with a Dominican short stop

When the dominican Amed Rosario and Andrés Giménez They were acquired as part of the package in the exchange that sent to the Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor and Venezuelan Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, most of the attention fell on Giménez, who was the centerpiece of the Cleveland.

And after Giménez won the shortstop spot on Opening Day, Rosario remained in the background to the younger infielder and was forced to start the year in center field. But when Rosario was moved to his natural position, he immediately became an invaluable piece of the Indians’ lineup:

Rosario hit just .179 with a .555 OPS in April while working on his transition to the outfield. But after he moved to shortstop and established himself as the team’s second batter in the lineup, his numbers skyrocketed in May, hitting .307 with an .808 OPS, and he’s hitting .309 with runners in scoring position.

He’s had his ups and downs all year, but Rosario’s potholes never lasted long. And after a year in which José Ramírez was the sole source of consistency for the offense, it was a welcome sight to have two contributors at the top of the lineup.

The more Rosario hits, the more obvious it becomes that he belongs in the Guardians’ lineup in 2022, but the question remains whether he will be able to stay at shortstop. Cleveland has Gimenez and prospects Gabriel Arias and Tyler Freeman as the top options to eventually take the position, considering Rosario had -7 defensive runs saved this season, the fourth-lowest among shortstops in the majors.

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But Rosario’s bat came to life when he was moved to his natural position. Is that something future Guardians will want to risk messing with? These will be the questions the main office will have to answer during the offseason to find a way to keep his bat in the lineup.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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