Big KBO off-season addition, Wilin Rosario blast first preseason homer in South Korea

(Former Rockie Wilin Rosario first preseason homerun in the KBO, property of SPOTV… this one will redirect you to Youtube.)

Former Colorado Rockie, Wilin Rosario (27 years old), blasted his very first preseason homerun just today in the KBO playing for his new team, the Hanwha Eagles… Playing as the teams’ first baseman in this game, batting in the bottom of the 8th inning… Wilin Rosario unloads one deep to left for a solo shot off LG Twins reliever Jeong Chan-heon’s 141 kph fastball, giving the Hanwha Eagles an 8-2 lead. Stellar performance for Rosario as he finished the game 2 for 2 (a flare single to center and a homerun) and 2 walks in the afternoon, also his first multi-hit game playing in South Korea. The Hanwha Eagles won the game 8-2 in the final against LG… Before this game, Rosario was batting .250 with an extra base hit (double) and an RBI in the ongoing preseason, Overall in the current KBO preseason standings, the Hanwha Eagles are currently at first place, with a record of now 9 wins and just 1 loss.

The 1B/catcher Wilin Rosario signed a one year deal worth 1.3 million (300, 000 USD signing bonus included) with the Hanwha Eagles in January 19th of this year (Nick Evans also signed a one year deal with the Doosan Bears in that same day), with the acquisition of Rosario, there’s a chance that he’ll be used as the teams’ catcher for Esmil Rogers (also a teammate of Rosario with Rockies years ago) in this upcoming KBO league season, if happened… the duo will only be just the 2nd foreign battery ever made in the history of the KBO league (the first one was the Andy Van Hekken/Vinny Rottino battery that happened against the Kia Tigers back in April 10, 2013) … Wilin Rosario will also be just the only 3rd foreign catcher acquired in KBO history… with Angel Pena (year 2004, Hanwha Eagles) and Vinny Rottino (year 2013, Nexen Heroes) as the other two. Wilin Rosario, in his 5 years playing in the Major leagues, all with the Colorado Rockies, hit 71 homeruns and 241 RBI’s while having a batting average of .273 in that span.

If anyone wants to see the full video of this preseason game, you can watch it right here.

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