With their first game of spring training set for tomorrow afternoon against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets will finally get a good look at some of their young talent. Out of all the prospects vying for a spot on the Mets’ roster for the start of the regular season in about six weeks, none are as exciting and promising as 21-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario.
Rosario, one of if not the top prospect in the organization, is the best defensive shortstop in the entire organization, including the major leagues. He has a cannon of an arm with incredible range and plays the position with a grace and smoothness that has not been seen with a Mets shortstop in quite a long time. Even more impressive is Rosario’s ability at the plate. He is an aggressive hitter who likes to swing the bat and puts the ball in play more often than not. His bat speed is impressive, and he has the potential to
hit for power down the line if he puts on some muscle if and when he gets to the major leagues. As with all young players, Rosario will most likely need to make some minor adjustments to his swing in order to be an effective major league hitter.
He sometimes holds his hands too high and has some late loads that hurt his bat speed. The fact that he has climbed so high in the farm system at such a young age is promising, and he could be a long-term solution for the shortstop position for a long time.
Rosario had 155 hits in 479 at-bats during his time in Port St. Lucie and Binghamton in 2016, and his 24 doubles and 13 triples show he has to ability to spray the ball to all areas on the field and the speed to turn a single into a double.
His five home runs can be improved through weightlifting in the offseason, and his 87 strikeouts could be lowered through tweaking his mechanics and improving his patience at the plate. Overall, Mets fans should be excited about Rosario, who could very well find himself in New York sometime this season. If the Mets offense gets off to a slow start, there’s a good chance he’ll be brought up to try and deliver a spark.