Tribe acquires teen hurler in Davis deal

Tribe acquires teen hurler

CLEVELAND -- A youthful, low-level prospect with a "deep projection." That's the kind of player Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said the Jason Davis trade would bring in.

He sure wasn't kidding.

The Indians announced on Thursday that the team acquired 18-year-old pitcher Gregorio Rosario, a Domincan teen signed three years ago by the Mariners, in completing the May 13 trade that shipped Davis to Seattle.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound right-handed Rosario spent the last two seasons pitching for Seattle's Dominican Summer League team, where he went a combined 11-4 with a 3.01 ERA over 23 starts.

Rosario has yet to pitch in the Minor Leagues, but he's made the trip to the U.S. this year. He was pitching in extended Spring Training at Seattle's Peoria, Ariz., complex before the trade was completed.

Where the Indians will send him was not immediately known.

David Briggs is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.