German Amed Rosario was born November 20th 1995 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Growing up he was a fan of the Boston Red Sox with his two favorite players being Hanley Ramirez & the Mets own Jose Reyes.
The six foot two short stop was signed by the New York Mets in July 2012 for $1.75 million, the largest international signing bonus ever given out by the Mets. Rosario is considered an outstanding defensive short stop, fleet footed, with wide range & a strong arm. He has the potential to hit .300 with some power & walks.
In 2013 at age 17, he began his career with the Kingsport Mets going to Savannah & then the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014. He hit .289 in Brooklyn playing great defense. In 2015 he began the year with A ball St. Lucie where he played the most games of his career with a single team (103). At the end of the season he was promoted to AA Binghamton for two games.
In 2016 he got to play in the Future's Game at San Diego on the World Team. Rosario started out back with A ball St. Lucie batting .309 with 40 RBIs, 13 steals & a .357 on base % in 66 games. He spent the latter part of the year at up at AA Binghamton where he batted a career best .341 with a .392 on base % in 54 games.
Overall he stole 19 bases getting caught just eight times, he increased his walks, showed a bit more power (5 HRs) but did increase his strike out totals. Rosario is developing to everything the Mets hoped he'd be- their short stop of the future.
He is now the Mets top prospect and jumped to #3 on MLB's top prospect list. After the 2016 season ended he was promoted to the Mets 40 man roster & will get a Spring Training invite in 2017.
During the off season the Mets got many teams asking his availability in trades, but GM Sandy Alderson made it clear he is not available. Rosario is the cover boy of Baseball America's magazine January 2017 edition.
Quotes: Sandy Alderson- He can be an outstanding player, I think that is why he is considered our No. 1 prospect, at a premium position. And, I think it's going to be exciting to see him in spring training."
Quotes: Rosario on his 2016 season. "I got to do a lot of development. Just based off that, I would call it an excellent year. It didn’t seem like any big adjustment.”