Adam Rosales:Mormon Athlete
Adam Marcos Rosales is an American major league baseball infielder. He most often plays second base and shortstop. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rosales was born on May 20, 1983, in Park Ridge, Illinois. He played amateur baseball as a youth and traveled with The Diamonds. The team won several tournaments including the 13-year-old division championship tournament game at Thillens Stadium. He attended Maine South High School where he was all-state. He also attended Western Michigan University.
In August 2008, he debuted in the major leagues as a pinch hitter for the Cincinnati Reds. He failed to make the Reds’ roster for 2009 so began the season with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. In February 2010, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics.
On November 30, 2012, Rosales avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $700,000 deal with the A's. He began 2013 on the disabled list, and was activated on April 25. Rosales got a lot of starting time at shortstop with Jed Lowrie playing second base against left-handed pitchers. However, after a long run of facing right-handed starters and the emergence of Grant Green, Rosales was designated for assignment on July 8. After Green struggled in his first stint in the majors, Rosales was called up to replace him on July 25. When the Athletics acquired Alberto Callaspo on July 31, Rosales was designated for assignment. On August 2 he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers.
Rosales did not appear in any games for the Rangers prior to being designated for assignment on August 5 to make room for Joey Butler. On August 8, Rosales was claimed by the Athletics. He played in one game with Oakland before they once again designated him for assignment on August 10, and once again he was claimed by the Texas Rangers on August 12.
On November 14, Rosales signed a one-year, $750,000 deal to avoid arbitration with the Rangers for 2014. He was designated for assignment on March 30, 2014. He was claimed by a minor league team, the Round Rock Express, and is rising rapidly, making a case for his return to the majors.
Rosales and his wife, Callie Pack, married in 2011.