Prospect Watch: Amed Rosario

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Today’s special prospect watch is going to be about Amed Rosario, who is the Mets second best prospect and best shortstop prospect. He is currently in high Single-A at St. Lucie, but he should be getting called up soon to Double-A. I have seen this special talent play in person, and he stood out like expected. He is the future of the Mets and especially at the shortstop position. He could maybe move to second base, but that is up to the Mets on who they think is a better shortstop between Amed Rosario and Gavin Cecchini, who is the Mets third best prospect and second best shortstop prospect.

Now, Rosario is having a great season at St. Lucie. In 66 games, the 20-year-old has 265 at-bats and in those at-bats, he has dinged three homers over the fence, which he is not a power hitter, but that may come down the road, as he is expected to get stronger. He reminds me of a smaller Elvis Andrus, who had trouble hitting for power early in his career, but later has shown some pop. Rosario is a singles and doubles hitter that spreads the ball to all parts of the field. By spreading the ball around the park, he has drove in 40 RBIs and picked up ten doubles, and eight triples, which shows his speed, plus he has stolen thirteen bags. He has an aggressive approach to the plate, by going after the first couple of pitches, which he smacks the ball for a base hit to give his team a chance to score. Lastly, he has earned himself a batting average of .309.

In addition to his skill set, his speed and footwork allows him to range far to his left or right. He has a strong arm to make any throw, plus he makes smart throws and plays with incredible instincts. His quick hands allows him to make slick plays, plus he turns the quickest double play I seen in a long time and he is only in Single-A.

Finally, the MLB’s 70th top prospect is expected to be ready when Asdrubal Cabrera’s contract ends, which will be after next season. He will fly through the remaining minor league levels. Met fans will be excited to watch this kid play.

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