30 Prospects in 30 Days: Amed Rosario
Player Profile: Hailing from Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic, German Amed Valdez Rosario is a shortstop within the New York Mets organization. At the age of 17, the Mets signed Rosario as an international free agent. Rosario is regarded as second best prospect in the Mets organization behind Steven Matz according to Baseball America.
2015 Highlights: Rosario, a raw talent with multitudes of potential, jumped to High-A Port St. Lucie immediately and was the youngest player in the league at 19 years old. This jump may be the reason for Rosario’s average stats in 2015. In 103 games, he finished with a mediocre .257 batting average, 20 doubles and 25 RBIs. He did show spurts of exceptional play as he hit .318/.370/.455 in May. Rosario’s tall, skinny frame didn’t provide the best power numbers, as he didn’t hit a homerun last season. However, his speed and quickness showed a singles and doubles hitter last season. Rosario’s bread and butter is fielding as he works aggressive yet smooth on balls hit his way and fires seeds to first with a strong quick release. He committed 17 errors on 527 chances for a .968 fielding percentage.
Contract Situation: The Mets signed Rosario with a $1.75 million deal. This bonus was the largest the Mets have ever shelled out for an international player. He was ranked 11th among top international prospects at the time of his signing.
Tradable/Untradeable: Rosario should be deemed untradeable. The Mets view this young ball player as their shortstop of the future, which is why they spent the money they did when pursuing him. Scouts and experts all say that his ceiling has no boundaries, and the Mets believe this the case as he continues to work his way up the pipeline.
2016 Outlook: Rosario’s stat sheet in 2015 wouldn’t usually lead to a promotion to the next level, but look for Rosario to begin the season for the AA Binghamton Mets as the organization will continue to mature the young shortstop. The Mets have desperately needed a shortstop that can produce on a daily basis, and more importantly, for a long time. Rosario can very well be that man, but will have to tweak his skills in minor league ball before he is ready to go. He was invited to spring training this March, and there is no doubt that he will have all eyes on him when he touches the diamond in Port St. Lucie.