We’ve all heard about the New York Mets. They’ve been in a rebuild since 2008, as they have an abundance of prospects, predominantly pitching. However, some know little about the 19-year old shortstop from the Dominican Republic named Amed Rosario.
Rosario signed with the Mets two years ago. He received the highest signing bonus the Mets have ever given to an international prospect. That right there should indicate that Rosario is something special. Rosario might get overlooked, however, due to the big-name prospects such as Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, and Rafael Montero.
Jose Reyes had a similar upbringing with the Mets. Reyes was signed out of the Dominican, and made his debut when he was 19. Rosario might not be developed as when Reyes was 19, but he projects to be an everyday shortstop in the big leagues.
Rosario plays an all-around game. He has a line drive stroke with some occasional power. But he’s very good when he’s focused on shooting the ball the other way. Rosario is a solid defender with quick feet, and his soft hands should be able to stick at shortstop. He has good speed and is smart on the bases. He has a chance to be a solid player in the field and at the plate if he got stronger. He has the frame to hit 10-20 home runs if he added muscle.
Last year in Single-A Brooklyn, Rosario hit .289 with a .337 on-base percentage and .380 slugging. He hit 1 home run and had 23 RBI’s and stole 7 bases. Rosario is projected to start 2015 with Single-A Savannah.
Amed Rosario isn’t well-known like the other top prospects in the Mets organization. But, what he does have is a skill set that can give the Mets a franchise shortstop they’ve needed since the departure of Jose Reyes. However, at 19 years old, Rosario is still a ways away from making it to the big leagues. He could have the highest ceiling among any of the Mets prospects. It is going to be interesting to see how Rosario develops in 2015 and beyond.