By July 7th, Amed Rosario is jumped from the 8th ranked MLB prospect to the number 4 prospect as per Baseball America. He has been the number 1 New York Met prospect for the entire 2017 season. With high prospect rankings come high expectations.
In July 2012, the New York Mets signed Rosario out of the Dominican Republic.
On July 19th 2014, I went to watch another Mets prospect Michael Conforto make his professional debut in Brooklyn.
I was told by a friend to keep an eye on Amed Rosario. This guy was a string bean looking, lenghty shortstop. Although I do not remember what he did at the plate that day, I do recall his range and ability at short stop.
A lot of articles recently have compared Rosario to Derek Jeter. I do believe he can be similar but will he be Derek Jeter? Ask me again in 20 years.
I do however think the ceiling is very high for Rosario. The defensive side of his game is there and I do believe it is MLB ready.
Despite being a .280 average hitter, Rosario has yet to face major league pitching. Since being signed at 17, Rosario has yet to play higher than AA baseball. He finished the 2016 season in double-A.
Spring training 2017 was the first legitimate chance for the Mets to see Rosario play. Not only has he been invited to the major-league camp, he will get a lot of playing time with the World Baseball Classic. With Jose Reyes going to play for the Dominican Republic team and Asdrubal Cabrera coming off a season with multiple knee injuries, Rosario had the opportunity to get plenty of playing time.
One of the biggest influences for Rosario during his time in Binghamton was Jose Reyes during his rehab time last season. The two of them clearly made a bond and it personally upsets me that Reyes won’t be in camp to mentor him. As Reyes told Ethan Sears of the New York Post, he is ready for his stud friend to steal his job. Well, with the end 2017 trade deadline coming to an end, the Mets are giving Rosario the chance.
On July 31st around 5 o’clock PM, Mets GM Sandy Alderson made is official that Rosario will meet the Mets in Colorado for the 3 game series. The plan along was to bring Amed up, and never look back. I of course fully expect that to continue with the plan. Exceptions are really high for this kid, espeically after appearing in 94 games this year for Triple-A Las Vegas. In 393 at-bats, Rosario hit .328 with 19 doubles, 7 triple and 7 homers to along with 58 RBI’s and 19 stolen bases.
I don’t know the game plan for Rosario, you know, like Vin Santangelo said, what the heck do we know? All I know is he here in the Major Leagues now, he’s the New York Mets shortstop of the now and future. And like Rosario says #DONTBESURPRISEDBYREADY .