Nov 19, 2017

Mets Short Stop: Amed Rosario (2017)

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 was developing to everything the Mets hoped he'd be- their short stop of the future.

He became 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 & got a Spring Training invite in 2017.

During the 2016-2017 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.”

Rosario began the 2017 season at AAA Las Vegas, there in 94 games he batted .328 with 129 hits 19 doubles 7 triples 7 HRs 58 RBIs 19 stolen bases & a .367 on base % while playing a superior short stop.

In the dismal 2017 New York Mets season, where injuries & bad play decimated the team, it was only a matter of time for Roasario to be brought up. Mets short stop Asdrubal Cabrerra was moved out of the short stop position. & didn't like moving from the short stop position & asked for a trade before turning his thoughts around when it finally hit him no other team wanted him at short either. Overall Cabrerra & Jose Reyes, Rosario's hero growing up would help in his big league transition.
 
Amed Rosario made his MLB debut on August 1st in a 5-2 Mets loss at Coors Field in Colorado. In his fourth at bat that night, he collected his first career hit. In his next game he collected his first RBI with his first career triple. He then hit another triple the next night, starting out his career with a four game hit streak.

He found himself batting .161 until a three hit night on August 11th, got his average up to .229. In that game he hit his first career HR, coming off Hector Neris. His second HR came in the debacle of a subway series on August 15th.

At the end of August he enjoyed a small six game hit streak, where he had two multi hit games with another HR. On August 20th, Rosario's botched ground ball help cost the Mets a 6-4 loss to the Marlins at Citi. After his 7th inning error on a routine grounder led to a Dee Gordon it, bring up MLB HR leader Giancarlo Stanton with two men on. Of course Stanton connected for a three run HR.

In September he hit no HRs & drove in just two runs while stealing two bases. He had four muli hit games highlighted by a three hit day at Wrigley Field on September 13th. On September 17th he was hospitalized in Miami with a violent stomach flu, it was the second time that season he had to be hospitalized for stomach issues.

There is certainly plenty of room for improvement both at bat & on the field for the young Rosario, especially with all the hype surrounding him. He & Dominic Smith were the teams top prospects & are now at the big league level on a team  with lots of question marks in New York.

He ended 2017 playing in 46 games batting .248 with 4 HRs 4 triples 4 doubles 7 stolen bases 10 RBIs & a .371 on base %. At short he made six errors turned 22 double plays with a .965 fielding %.


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