TGR caught up with minor leaguer Kenny Rosenberg. The young gun has been in the Rays organization for the past 3 seasons and improving along the way. Here is a bit of his story.
1) Tell TGR about yourself?
I grew up in a small-town north of San Francisco called Mill Valley, went to Tamalpais High School and then walked on at Cal St. Northridge. Drafted in 2016 and have been with the Rays since then.
2) When did you start knowing baseball was in your professional future?
I always wanted to be a pro baseball player and ultimately big leaguer, but I didn’t know I had a legit shot until the fall of 2015 when I started getting some attention from scouts.
3) Where are you now and what strides are you taking to make it to the BIGS?
I just finished up my 3rd full season, and I feel great about how much my game improves year after year. Always growing!
4) What are your long-term goals?
I just want to contribute to a big-league team and give them a chance to win each time I take the ball. I want to stay up there for good and have a long, healthy career playing the game I love.
5) Describe the minor league experience on and off the field. What are your biggest challenges day-to-day?
The minor league life is a grind. I know it sounds cliche, but it really is. Small crowds, long bus rides, sub-minimum wage pay. It’s not glamorous, but it’s all part of every individual player’s growth. Some days you don’t feel like putting in the work, but the daily consistency is what separates you.
6) Would you consider playing for Team Israel in the future?
I would definitely consider playing for Team Israel!
7) What was your Jewish life like growing up and how do you connect today?
I grew up in a largely non-religious household. However, I had a bunch of Jewish friends and attended my fair share of bar and bat mitzvahs. I also have been to two Jewish weddings and they were both an absolute blast! The energy on the dance floor is unparalleled.
8) What else should readers know about Kenny Rosenberg and where can we find you on social media?
I’m just a regular guy who loves baseball just like the rest of you. I work hard to master my craft and am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve gotten up until this point. I’m on Instagram @keeeny and twitter @KRosenberg22, DM is open to any questions anyone has about baseball or life in general!