Rosario’s energetic personality and competitive mindset are huge assets as he prepares for his first season with the Hurricanes, but Arteaga believes it’s a desire to develop and improve that will make Rosario reach his full potential.
“What excites me the most is that there’s the willingness to learn and to get better. When he’s done with his bullpen sessions, he sticks around and he listens to what’s going on with other guys and learning from other people’s mistakes,” Arteaga said. “I preach that we can cut the learning curve by learning from other people’s mistakes. Don’t make the mistake and learn from it, pay attention to what’s going on and learn from others. We’ve got a lot of new guys and a lot of mistakes being made right now. The key is to learn from it and if you can cut the learning curve in half by learning double time, triple time, depending on how you’re able to pay attention, you can really accelerate your development.
“When he’s not pitching, he might be hitting or doing base running. That’s the biggest challenge of a two-way guy,” Arteaga added. “There’s a lot going on, but whenever he can, he’s always around and always listening and learning. When I talk to one of the guys, he’ll approach me and say, ‘Hey, I kind of do the same thing, don’t I?’ And yes, the answer is yes, but we’re not going to try to fix everything at one time. That’s the perfect example of learning from other people’s mistakes and then making adjustments and the fact that he’s so athletic, he’s able to make those adjustments.”
His mindset comes from within, but Rosario also has learned a lot about work ethic from spending summers with his cousin, New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario.
“We’re really close. Every summer since I was 10, I’d go to the Dominican Republic and train with him,. Then once he got signed, I started going over Christmas break a lot and spending a couple weeks there with him,” Rosario said. “He’s really probably my biggest role model; just the way he plays the game and the way he has fun doing it is something I really, really aspire to do.
“He’s helped me mature on the field, for sure,” Rosario said of Amed. “Knowing that you’re going to struggle and people are going to talk crap about you and all that, but you’ve just got to ignore that and just keep going forward. There’s always room to improve and that’s something he’s really helped me with.”
A big year at Miami could springboard Mike towards a pro career like his cousin, Amed. But Mike’s focus is not on the pros just yet. Instead, he is working hard to earn a role with the Hurricanes and help them win a fifth national title.
“I am willing to help the team win in any way I can,” Rosario said. “We’re trying to win a championship here, so anything I can do to assist with that is what I want to do.”