Rosario not thinking about Rookie of the Year honors

Rosario not thinking about Rookie of the Year honors

DENVER -- Likening himself to a kid at Christmas, Wilin Rosario is trying not to get his hopes up about his Rookie of the Year chances.

"I think if I got it, I'd be happy," Rosario said. "But I don't want to start thinking about it, because there are a lot of good rookies out there. When you're expecting a happy Christmas and you don't get the gift you wanted, it's a disappointment. I don't want to build it up for myself."

Rosario, who was not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday, leads National League rookies in homers (15) and RBIs (39). Rosario's 15 homers are also the most among NL catchers, with his .535 slugging percentage second.

Rosario also knows he'll need all the help he can get, as voters might penalize him for the Rockies' poor record (35-55) and his defense, which is a work in progress. And then there's the chore of beating out popular Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

"I want to say thank you to [the media], because you give good support and say nice things about me," Rosario said. "We'll see if the award gives me something to be happy about at the end of the year."