Mets Merized Online » German Ahmed Rosario http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Ruben Tejada Is Not The Shortstop Of The Future And Other Shockers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/ruben-tejada-is-not-the-shortstop-of-the-future-and-other-shockers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/ruben-tejada-is-not-the-shortstop-of-the-future-and-other-shockers.html/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:26:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=112066 Updated by Joe D. at 1:25 PM on 3/28

An astounding revelation by Andy Martino of the Daily News today, and repeated by Matt Cerrone from the mountaintop that is MetsBlog.

This may came as a shock to all of you, but apparently Ruben Tejada is not the Mets shortstop of the future. I’ll give you a few minutes to get up from the floor and compose yourselves.

But seriously, if anyone thought that Tejada was anything other than the shortstop of the present, you may want to reserve a spot at the exclusive Bellevue Resort and Health Spa.

I mean come on people, this is not rocket science.

You can read some real analysis and insight about the future of the Mets shortstop position below. Or you can check out some other fine original Metsmerized pieces on our shortstops of the future here:

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The Other Shortstop Of The Future: German Ahmed Rosario

I know, from many people on and outside this site, that many Met fans aren’t that content with Gavin Cecchini, no matter how much I argue for him. Turns out, he’s not the only Mets Minor League shortstop getting a lot of attention in Spring Training. In fact, the Mets are humming with praise for German Ahmed Rosario.

As I was walking through the backfields on Sunday, trying to get the scoop on players, I started to ask around about Rosario and was very pleased with the enthusiasm about the International signee coming from people in the Mets front office as well as his coaches.

While watching Gavin Cecchini at the plate, there was Rosario waiting for his turn to bat against the St. Louis Cardinals’ farmhands.

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I talked to one of his coaches, and the conversation went like this.

“Hey, I’d like to ask you about your shortstop.”

“Who Cecchini? No, I get it, you want to hear about Rosario.”

“Rosario was signed at the July 2nd deadline last year as a shortstop out of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He signed for a record $1.75 million dollars, and looks as though he’s worth every penny. He is the Mets 20th ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, but he’s only that low due to his lack of experience.”

I asked the coach what he meant:

“He’s a great kid, and he reminds me of Juan Gonzalez with the swing. He can hit for power, but is still very far away.”

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I asked a team official about Rosario as well, and he told me, “We like Rosario a lot, he can run, he can hit, and he can hit for power. He’s also very smart too. His father is a Judge in the Dominican Republic.”

Baseball America adds the following to that particular backstory:

“Rosario graduated from high school and his father, who has been a lawyer and a judge, was influential in the signing. He has two sisters who live in New York, one of whom a law school graduate, while the other is currently in law school.”

When asked if he could be compared to a player like Alen Hanson of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mets official told me, “We don’t know yet, we can’t make comparisons because it’s way too early to tell.”

Even though the quote is unhelpful, I get the feeling that they believe the sky’s the limit for Rosario.

Asking about his next assignment, the official wasted no time:

“Gulf Coast League, he’s so far away, and we’re going to have him here to keep a close eye on him, and help coach him the best we can.”

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If you weren’t content with those quotes from Mets personnel, look at the Future scouting grades Jonathon Mayo gave German Rosario:

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/6 | Power: 3/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 3/6

For Reference on hitting and power:

6 Hitting is a .285 – .300 average hitter.

6 Power is usually around 22 to 29 home runs.

His fielding is already average, and projects to be above average, so he will make some flashy plays, but he probably won’t be a plus fielder.

He is only rated as a ‘3’ because he is far away, with his ETA supposedly around 2017.

Concluding Analysis:

As you can see from the photos, Rosario is a skinny kid, especially for a possible power hitter, but he is only 17 years old. He has a lot of time left to grow, and fill out. Small as he is, his swing already generates power, and will that will only get batter as he gets older. As I watched his fielding, I could notice that he was more than capable of making the routine plays, which is great at his age. As he develops, even his fielding will become better.

There is only one thing I want to caution everyone on: International Free Agents are a roll of the dice.

It’s easy to get excited with players like Rosario, but like many famous top bonus babies, there are far more that fail than players that succeed. Think of one-time phenom Michael Ynoa, the top signing at the time by the Oakland A’s, who has now disappeared off the map, or more recently, Elvis Sanchez, who the Mets have neglected to talk about for years.

Either way, the Gulf Coast League will be his first test, and if all goes well, we will have another exciting shortstop besides Cecchini, and even Phillip Evans, on our hands coming up through the pipeline over the next few years.

I took a video of German Ahmed Rosario during one of his at-bats, though I’l warn you that the wind was pretty fierce, so lower the volume before you hit play.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about one of our lesser known prospects who you’ll be hearing more about now that he is stateside.

Thoughts from Joe D.

Teddy, you have been an incredible addition to the MMO community. I used to think I knew what an analysis piece was until you and Mitch joined MMO as our Minor League Analysts. You do a great job of delivering hard to get info and provide such keen insights rather than the usual regurgitated info or Captain Obvious clichès. The two of you have set the bar very high for everyone else and I’m grateful that you chose to join our site and provide our passionate readers your professional views based on your real experiences in and around the game.

As for Rosario, I’ll admit I thought it was a confusing move after giving Phil Evans so much more over slot in 2011, and then drafting Cecchini with their top pick last June. But you’ve changed how I feel about this since getting to know you. The offensive minded shortstops are the rarest finds in baseball and when you have a chance to add one to your system, you just do it. Even if it means leaving a much needed outfielder on the board.

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Mets Minors: More Thoughts On Rosario, Nimmo Turns 20, Verrett Solid http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/mets-minors-more-thoughts-on-rosario-nimmo-turns-20-verrett-solid.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/mets-minors-more-thoughts-on-rosario-nimmo-turns-20-verrett-solid.html/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:43:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=112120 german-ahmed-rosario 1Teddy Klein, fellow Minor League Analyst here at MMO, did an excellent piece on German Ahmed Rosario earlier today. I did a review of some footage on Rosario, and wanted to share some thoughts I had on the exciting prospect. The first thing I noticed was that Rosario is very raw at the plate. He seems very aggressive, and his stride in the batter’s box is a tell-tale sign of it. His stride is quite long, and he seems to be out on the front leg quite a bit.

This causes concern for two reasons. The first reason being the length of his stride. When a hitter has a long stride, it changes their eye level significantly, which could cause issues at higher levels in the organization. The second reason being out on his front foot. If I were a pitcher, and saw his aggressiveness at the plate (being out on the front foot) I would never throw him a fastball. He would get a steady diet of off-speed stuff to take advantage of his aggressiveness.

An easy fix for his stride length would be to have Rosario start with a wider stance. With regards to being overly agressive at the plate, there are some drills that the hitting coach can have Rosario do which can help him keep his weight back. He will have to learn how to become a complete hitter, and accept the principles that are taught to him, then execute them. His pitch recognition will develop in time.

So while Rosario is a very exciting prospect, he is still quite raw, and has a few things he will have to work on in order to become a more complete hitter.

Other News and Notes:

  • The Triple-A affiliate of the Mets, the Las Vegas 51s, recently announced they were joining a new marketing strategy called Project Brand. They will be teaming up with 159 other minor league ball clubs in an attempt to sell the overall brand of Minor League Baseball to national advertisers.  Minor League Baseball has more than 40 million fans, and this would be a big step in gaining national recognition for teams that are usually just locally marketed.
  • The Mets’ minor league pitching prospects continue to put up solid efforts, and the latest one came yesterday from Logan Verrett. The right-hander was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLB draft, and spilt time between Savannah and St. Lucie in 2012. Verrett allowed two runs during the first inning of yesterday’s contest, but then finished strong and didn’t allow any runs over the next four innings of work. In 2012, he had a solid season going 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA.
  • Happy Birthday to Brandon Nimmo who turns twenty years old today!
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Notes From the Backfields at PSL: Mets Operations, Nimmo, Wheeler, Lupo, Cecchini http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/notes-from-the-backfields-at-psl-mets-operations-nimmo-wheeler-lupo-cecchini.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/notes-from-the-backfields-at-psl-mets-operations-nimmo-wheeler-lupo-cecchini.html/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:30:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=111843 tradition field spring

I decided to shoot down to Port St. Lucie for a few days and take in a few minor league games and intra-squads. I wanted to catch some the new players I haven’t had a chance to see yet and also check out how some of our top prospects were progressing.

Joe asked me to share some of my notes, quotes and observations because he wanted to give the readers here a glimpse of what’s to come and give you a feel for what I look for when I’m observing the players or just talking to the coaches or any front office personnel that may also be there – casually observing and making mental notes like myself.

So, I just came back from Florida, and boy, this will not likely be the first or last time I’ll ever say it, but a sunburn has never been more welcome.

Friday

Anyway, on to some baseball. I spent most of my time on the backfields, just watching the players, and I was excited for the pre-game drills to end and for the games to start. I spent a lot of my time talking to Benny Distefano, the St. Lucie hitting coach about our times in Brooklyn. He is an amazing guy and always keeps everything so fresh and fun. You can really see from his coaching how he’s excelled. He introduced me to Ryan Ellis, the St. Lucie manager, who is also pretty cool. Best of wishes to both of them at St. Lucie this season.

My first report came on Friday about Michael Fulmer, who I was glad to see up and about and walking around so soon after surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. He’s going to be fine and is on a timetable to return in about a month and a half.

I also spent a lot of time watching the kids on the field for Groups 3 and 4 (St Lucie and Savannah coaching staffs). I asked one coach (who wasn’t Benny or Ellis) about his players on the Savannah side. He told me that these players won’t be playing for Savannah, which means Group 3 is more likely Savannah, and Group 4 are all extended spring training guys. This coach also gave me a little information on German Ahmed Rosario, our top international signee last year. More to follow about this exciting prospect in a full length feature later this week.

I also talked to a front office official, who gave me information on some of the players, organizational philosophy and overall operations.

NimmoI watched Brandon Nimmo hit batting practice Sunday morning, where he was lacing many hits the other way. It was so free and easy. During my conversation with the official I said how I thought he did greatly in Brooklyn, to which he agreed.

“He’s a great player, had a good year, considering the circumstances of playing absolutely beyond his age. A lot of people really give Nimmo bad connotations because he’s raw. A writer told me the other day that he might have to move to a corner outfield spot, but he also told me his ceiling could be a .280 – 290 hitter, with 20-25 home runs. I said, hey, I’ll sign up for that any day”

I asked him about Cecchini next, and what they thought of him after drafting him.

gavin cecchini“He’s a really good guy, so much makeup, a great player. His floor is definitely utility infielder, but we think he’ll make it as a big league shortstop, and a great one too. We drafted him so highly because he’s very advanced, and a good leader. For his potential, it’s way too early to tell.”

As he said that, a run was coming in on the home side, and Cecchini stepped at home signaling to the guy at third to come racing in. I asked him about his assignment,

“We aren’t sure yet, he [Cecchini] may start in extended, or we might have him in Savannah to start out and push him down to extended. It’s a possibility to start getting him some at-bats early.”

He brought up Vicente Lupo

“He’s a great kid, great story, didn’t do too well the year before last (2011) but bounced back to have the highest OPS ever in the Dominican Summer League. He’s someone to look out for.”

With minor league assignments, I asked him about whether or not they take spring training into consideration.

“Most of the time our minds are already made up: 95% of our assignments are made even before spring training begins. If someone really surprises us? Yeah, we might pencil them in, but usually our minds are already made up.”

He brought up development, with the Gulf Coast League team that was gone briefly.

“It was pretty difficult for us. We had so many players in camp, and not enough assignments for all of them. Not enough players got into games, and at-bats. We’re glad it’s back for us, especially with our players, and the draft coming in.”

Big thanks to the official for this information.

Saturday

I made some notes during one game I watched. It was Group 1 vs. Group 2 in intrasquad games. Group 1 is mainly Buffalo and Binghamton combined, and Group 2 seems to be only St Lucie.

Lineups (essentially) were:

Group 2 (Visiting)

CF Alonzo Harris

SS Daniel Muno

C Camden Maron

DH Richard Lucas

3B Aderlin Rodriguez

2B Matt Reynolds

RF Joe Bonfe

LF Dustin Lawley

P Erik Goeddel

Vs.

Group 1

CF Darrell Ceciliani

SS Wilfredo Tovar

3B Josh Satin

2B Wilmer Flores

RF Cory Vaughn

P Zack Wheeler

LF Cesar Puello

1B Allan Dykstra

C Francisco Pena

DH Reese Havens

Things to note:

None of these players batted in any particular order.

Havens smoked a double the other way.

Alonzo HarrisAlonzo Harris singled in the first against Wheeler and stole a base.

Wheeler had trouble bunting in his first at-bat, and pretty much gave away the out. But in his second at-bat he laid down a successful bunt. The Mets put a heavy focus on their pitchers at the plate.

Cory Vaughn has some mean power, hitting a pitch down the right field line foul, that would have been a no-doubter had it stayed fair.

Wheeler made Aderlin Rodriguez look silly on a slider in the first, and then hit him in the 4th on a 95 MPH fastball.

EVERYONE behind the plate was saying “Wow” over and over again, and reiterating his incredible velocity.

Many other pitchers were watching.

His velocity from word of mouth and behind the gun was 94-98.

One official also said to me, “We’ve seen him touch 99 and 100 as well.”

He was popping the glove in warm-ups.

Goeddel was 89-94

I left after Wheeler was done pitching after the fourth inning.

Final Line 4 IP, 2 Hits, 3 K’s 1 HBP

I told him the next day that he was great, and that I was such a fan.

Sunday

I watched a bit of the Group 4 game against the Cardinals, essentially opting out of watching Daniel Murphy play in Group 3’s game. These are all players that are headed to Extended Spring Training. I wasn’t really there to keep score, and wanted to catch a glimpse of all the new kids in town. Some of whom will be included on a follow-up piece on German Ahmed Rosario.

I can describe Branden Kaupe as a stocky guy, small, but big muscles.

I watched Juan Urbina, who struggled. I took a look at the gun to see how hard he was throwing, which was ranging from 86-90, sitting around 88. Someone close by said “He’s a little frustrating, he ranges from 82-94”. He also threw a curve in around 73-76 miles per hour.

I saw pone particular pitcher and wondered to myself who it could be. It was Christian Montgomery, a High School pick from the 2011 draft. He looked as though he had a very heavy fastball, and really strong frame. I didn’t grab any gun readings, but he’s a player to look out for this year in short season ball.

I saw Gavin Cecchini hit a ball to the track in right center, which was caught. Seems as though there is more in-game power than what is expected.

I’ll have some more for you later as gather my thoughts and compose some more detail and analysis for you. Thank you for reading.

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Featured Post: Where Does The Mets Minor League System Rank? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/featured-post-where-does-the-mets-minor-league-system-rank.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/featured-post-where-does-the-mets-minor-league-system-rank.html/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:16:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=110789 brandon-nimmo-brooklyn

BRANDON NIMMO: The future is coming his way.

The Mets currently boast a minor league system that ranks in the top half amongst the other organizations in the league. This ranking is primarily due to a crop of promising young right-handed pitchers.

In the most recent edition of Baseball America, they gave their 2013 rankings for pitching prospects. They separated it into three categories: Right-Handed Pitchers, Left-Handed Pitchers and Relief Pitchers. The Mets had five right-handed pitchers ranked in the top 75 right-handed pitchers in the minors. They are Zack Wheeler (5), Noah Syndergaard (19), Luis Mateo (65), Rafael Montero (66) and Michael Fulmer (75).

There were very few teams who had as many, or more, right-handed pitching prospects listed in their top 75. After looking at that list, it’s hard to fathom that the Mets aren’t ranked in the top ten, or even top five minor league systems. However, it’s when you look at the rest of the positions that you get a better idea of why the Mets are sitting just outside the top ten, and probably closer to the middle of the pack.

Baseball America goes on to rank the top 50 left-handed pitching prospects, and no Mets’ prospects cracked their top 50. Not even Jack Leathersich (ranked No. 16 on MMO’s Top Prospect List) or Darin Gorski made the list. On Baseball America’s top 35 relief pitcher rankings, Jeurys Familia came in ranked at No. 15.

When you do the math, Baseball America ranked a total of 160 pitchers. The Mets had six players ranked, good for about 4% of the pitchers ranked.

The minor league system is carried by that crop of right-handed power pitchers, two of which cracked the top ten on MLB.com’s rankings (Wheeler and Syndergaard). Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores lead the pack of position players, but once you get past those names, the system really starts to thin out. The system is very top-heavy, but that doesn’t mean that some of the other guys won’t step this year to help boost the Mets system to new heights. The talent is there, these guys just have to start performing.

Here is a list of position players you should keep an eye on in 2013:

Brandon Nimmo, OF

Gavin Cecchini, SS

T.J. Rivera, 2B

Camden Maron, C

Vicente Lupo, OF

German Ahmed Rosario, SS

Phillip Evans, SS

Wuilmer Becerra, OF

Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B

Wilfredo Tovar, SS

As you can see from the list, there is no shortage of shortstops in the organization, and there are actually a few more that I left off this list. On MLB.com’s position rankings, no Mets’ players rank in the top ten of their respective position aside from d’Arnaud and Flores. While some of the players listed above may never crack a top ten list on MLB.com, they do have the potential to make some noise and boost the system’s prospect rankings. Keep an eye on those guys and look for some Prospect Pulse features on them in the near future.

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GAVIN CECCHINI: Brighter days lie ahead.

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