"I've been playing good. I mean, [it's the] same old same baseball, just working hard every day and going at it," Vega-Rosado, the Puerto Rico native, said.
Before instructs, Vega-Rosado got his feet wet with pro ball by having a short season as a member of the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. In 183 at bats, Vega-Rosado hit .317 with an on-base percentage of .380. He collected four home runs and 30 RBIs to go along with 12 doubles and two triples. Displaying his speed, Vega-Rosado stole 22 bases and was only caught four times.
"Going through GCL, I just learned more," the right-hander said. "I was paying attention to everything that everybody was saying and just taking it in at once and just going from there."
Vega-Rosado said that while at Instructs he has made some changes at the plate. Coupled with those changes are his strides in seeing the ball better and being ready to hit the ball.
"I've made some adjustments, [and] just gotta keep going," he asserted. "[I'm] staying back on the ball, letting the ball get deep, keeping my base wide and making contact."
Shortstop being his first position, Vega-Rosado is now often being put at second base for the Jays. In the field is where his talents are clearly displayed, as his speed helps his range and his glove is impressive for a 19-year-old. He explained that while he is working on some things to finesse his defensive game, the difference between playing the two positions isn't a whole lot, aside from double plays.
"Double plays just because you have to go towards another side of the base," he said.
With just a few more games left during Instructs, Vega-Rosado looked back and spoke about what he wanted to get out of the month-long experience.
"[I wanted to] just work on things that I was working on and try to improve my swing and trying to get whatever they tell me to do here, take it in and keep working at it."
He feels as though he has gotten what he expected out of Instructs, but understands there is more to accomplish.
"Yeah, I think so," he said. "I mean there's more improvements to make, but you've just gotta take it one step at a time."
DUNEDIN, FL - Making his way through his first year as a professional baseball player, 28th round pick Jorge Vega-Rosado is spending time at the Instructional League in Dunedin. The 5-foot-8, 175 pound infield prospect has shown good contact, quickness in all aspects of his game and perhaps most impressively, an above average glove at second base. He assessed his play so far during Instructs.
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