Time will tell whether Dylan Rosado will be regarded among the best lead-off hitters to play baseball at Greenwood Community High School.
Based on the junior’s productivity this season, the answer leans more toward “yes” than “no.”
Rosado leads the Woodmen in various offensive categories, including batting average (.423), doubles (6), runs (23) and stolen bases (14).
Rosado doesn’t attempt to sidestep the pressure that comes with being his team’s first look at a specific opposing pitcher.
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“I like it a lot, actually. I’m a lead-off hitter because of my speed, but I’ve tried to work on my hitting,” Rosado said.
So far this season, Rosado has had at least one base hit in 12 of Greenwood’s first 18 games. He’s scored at least one run in 13 of them.
Also, he swiped a career-best four bases in an 11-6 victory against Warren County High School of McMinnville, Tennessee, during the team’s annual trip south over spring break.
Woodmen baseball coach Andy Bass said Rosado’s 60-yard dash time of 6.50 seconds equals what former Greenwood lead-off hitter and current Indiana University player Alex Krupa accomplished his senior season in 2013.
Bass said another of the program’s former lead-off hitters, Andrew Dimino, was clocked at 6.8 seconds.
“Dylan’s been hitting the ball well,” Bass said. “With his speed, if the ball touches the ground, there’s a good chance he’s going to be on base. But he’s also got quite a bit of power for a lead-off hitter.
“He’s always had the speed, but now Dylan’s a strong kid, too. This makes him that much more explosive offensively.”
Rosado plays center field for a second straight season. He, along with senior left fielder Jackson Daugherty and senior right fielder Reid Werner, form one of better defensive outfields around.
At Greenwood, Rosado played for both the freshman and junior varsity squads two years ago. During the past two summers he’s competed for the Indiana Twins travel baseball team, an experience he partially credits for his jump to varsity as a sophomore.
An impressive debut it was.
Rosado was named to the Daily Journal’s All-County Team last season after hitting .385 to go along with his 19 runs and 18 stolen bases.
This past football season, Rosado, a running back, helped lead the Woodmen to a 7-5 record by producing 701 all-purpose yards. His eight touchdowns were by running the football (two), catching the football (three), kickoff return (two) and fumble recovery (one).
A starting free safety on defense, Rosado finished second on the team in tackles with 93. He made the Daily Journal’s All-County Football Team as a defensive back this past fall.
“I think I like football a little bit more (than baseball),” Rosado said. “That’s what I’m most likely going to try to play in college. Just playing on Friday nights and getting under the lights is exciting.”
Just as Rosado is once he gets on base.
THE ROSADO FILE
Name: Dylan Rosado
Family: Parents, David and Della Popp; sister, Alyia, 20; brother, Brandon, 16
Favorite TV show: “Friends”
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”
Favorite athlete: Tavon Austin
Favorite team: Indianapolis Colts
Some of baseball’s statistical categories aren’t as familiar to fans as others. Here are some of the lesser-known abbreviations and what they stand for when coaches gauge the performance of their players:
GP: Games played — Having played a game if he appears in it at any point be it as a starter or a replacement. It’s important to note that the player doesn’t necessarily need an at-bat. He can also enter for defense or as a pinch-runner.
PA: Plate appearance — A batter’s turn at the plate. Each completed turn batting is one plate appearance. Plate appearances can often be confused with at-bats. But unlike with at-bats — which only occur on certain results — a plate appearance takes into account every single time a batter comes up and a result between batter and pitcher is obtained.
SH/B: Sacrifice bunt — When a player is successful in his attempt to advance a runner (or multiple runners) at least one base with a bunt. The batter is giving up an out in order to move another runner closer to scoring. When a batter bunts with a runner on third base, it is called a squeeze play and, if successful, is still recorded as a sacrifice. A sacrifice bunt does not count against a player’s batting average or on-base percentage, as the decision to sacrifice often isn’t made by the player.
ROE: Reached on error — A batter receives a reached on error when he reaches base because of a defensive error — meaning he wouldn’t have otherwise reached. Reaching base on an error does not count as a hit, nor does it count as a time on base for purposes of on-base percentage.
FC: Fielders choice — The act of a fielder, upon fielding a batted ball, choosing to try to put out a baserunner and allow the batter-runner to advance to first base. Despite reaching first base safely after hitting the ball, the batter is not credited with a hit but would be charged with an at-bat.
OBP: On base plus slugging percentage — Percentage of at-bats where a batter reaches base for any reason other than an error or a fielder’s choice or being hit by a pitch.
FP: Fielding percentage — How often does a fielder or team make the play when tasked with fielding a batted ball, throwing a ball, or receiving a thrown ball for an out. The formula is simple: the total number of putouts and assists by a defender, divided by the total number of chances (putouts, assists and errors).
TC: Total chances — The number of opportunities he has to record an out. The formula for total chances is: assists plus putouts plus errors.
PO: Put outs — A fielder is credited when he is the fielder who physically records the act of completing an out — whether it be by stepping on the base for a forceout, tagging a runner, catching a batted ball or catching a third strike. A fielder can also receive a putout when he is the fielder deemed by the official scorer to be the closest to a runner called out for interference.