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.
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.