Rosario and Smith Among Baseball’s Top 50 Prospects

The day after Baseball Prospectus ranked Amed Rosario as the No. 2 prospect in baseball, Baseball America ranked him No. 4 behind Yoan Moncada, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Gleyber Torres.

The Rosario ranking comes as no surprise, he’s a consensus top 5 prospect in baseball. The bigger surprise on Baseball America’s Top 100 Midseason list is that first baseman Dominic Smith has jumped 16 spots from 65 to 49.

Smith, 21, has been a hot hitter lately with a .364/.415/.534 slash line with eight doubles, four home runs, 22 runs scored and 19 RBI over his last 30 games.

Smith and Rosario are now tied for the minor league lead (more than any major leaguer too) with 113 hits on the season.

Original Post – June 6

Amed Rosario has continued to catch the eyes of many scouts around baseball. Rosario is a consensus top-5 prospect around baseball and arguably a top-3 prospect.

Baseball Prospectus ranked Rosario second in their mid-season Top 50 Prospects update. Yoan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox is the only one who ranks ahead of Rosario.

The top 5 is rounded out by Cleveland Indians catcher Francisco Mejia (No.3), Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles (No.4) and Boston Red third base Rafael Devers (No.5).

The folks over at Baseball Prospectus rave about Rosario’s glove, speed, and amazing bat speed. His bat has continued to develop and they refer to him a “potential five-tool shortstop.” Moncada got the slight edge over Rosario because Moncada has better power projection.

The potential knock on Amed is his “aggressive approach may struggle against major league stuff.” While that is true, it is likely that he would not be able to re-adjust and find a way to succeed with the bat. His glove should make him an everyday player regardless.

Rosario, 21, is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak for the Las Vegas 51s and hasn’t struck out in his last four. For the season he’s slashing .320/.359/.469 with 16 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 52 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

Dominic Smith did not make the list of top-50 prospects. No other first basemen made the list either so there is no reason to be discouraged by that. Lot of evaluators likely rank high-ceiling prospects who play more premium positions ahead of first base only prospects.

Of course, Amed Rosario is not a Met right now which has been the outcry of many Mets fans. He should be soon though in my opinion. Rosario is playing in the Futures Game and will be the starting shortstop. He is also playing in the Pacific Coast League All-Star game three days later.

I really hope it’s sooner rather than later when it comes to Amed becoming a Met.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests. I study computer science at Stony Brook