Unless Amed Rosario has a wicked curveball, there’s no reason the 21-year-old infielder warrants a call-up.
The Mets, who have scored 98 runs in their last 15 games are hardly strapped for offense meaning Rosario won’t be rocking blue and orange any time soon.
While Asdrubal Cabrera was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, the Mets have options over rushing their top prospect to the big leagues.
“We like what he’s doing down there, but we think he needs more time,” Ricco said about Rosario.
Rosario is hitting at a .361/.401/.510 clip in 37 games at Triple-A Las Vegas, but Ricco said that short-term he is not an option and could still use some seasoning in the minor leagues.
“When we’re going over the scouting reports and so forth, he’s the one guy that’s asking questions,” Las Vegas manager Pedro Lopez said. “When a new pitcher comes in, he’s always asking us what that guy has, what type of pitches. I think that’s what makes him special. He listens and he tries to apply it, too.”
“He took the winter to work on his craft and on his body but also on his baseball skills, and it’s showing. He’s ready to go. That’s a kid on a mission and he wants to be in the big leagues,” Lopez added.
And he will get there, but not out of sheer panic from the Mets brass, who are making the right call by letting Rosario develop more before promoting him to baseball’s highest stage.
In the field, Rosario is no defensive whiz yet as he has already committed nine errors this season at shortstop on top of 23 more between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2016.
However, Rosario played his second game at third base on Monday and by all accounts looked solid, as well as going 2-for-5 at the dish including a home run and three RBI.
Rosario could also remain at Las Vegas until June to avoid calling him up before the Super 2 deadline, which determines if a player gets arbitration after two years instead of three.
The Mets main concern right now is the bullpen, so expect them to focus more on sorting that mess out before any changes are made to the offense.