FT. MYERS, Fla. -- With only four outfielders on his roster, Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez knows he is going to have to improvise.
That is why Eddie Rosario, the Minnesota Twins' highly-promising 21-year-old second baseman, will probably spend as much time in the outfield during the Classic as he does in the infield. Rosario, who has posted a .310 average in his three seasons in the Minor Leagues, will also serve as a designated hitter.
"We need outfielders," Rodriguez admitted.
In Wednesday's exhibition finale against the Twins, Rosario entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning and took over at second base. He went 1-for-3.
"In Puerto Rico, in winter ball, he played outfield most of the time," Rodriguez said. "He plays the corners, but he's most comfortable playing right field."
"He's going to be something," predicted Rodriguez. "He's got a very powerful swing with that skinny [6-foot-1, 170-pound] body. He's going to drive the ball and hit home runs."
"From what I saw today, I think he's going to be a very fine second baseman."
Nevertheless, Rodriguez plans to use Rosario mostly in the outfield during the Classic.
Jim Hawkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.