The New York Mets today, announced their second wave of spring training cuts and chief among them was top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario who has been reassigned to minor-league camp. Also cut this morning are OF Wuilmer Becerra and pitchers Chris Flexen, Marcos Molina, Chase Bradford and Adam Wilk.
Rosario impressed everyone during his time in big league camp, showing off his slick glove, impressive arm strength and excellent range, while batting .267 in 30 at-bats with one double and three RBI.
“He’s going to be really good,” Terry Collins said of his future shortstop. “There is not a thing he can’t do. Has great hands, great poise, big power. I hope he doesn’t try to get too caught up in the power side because he’s a pretty good looking offensive player.”
Participating in his first big-league camp with the Mets, Rosario said he was thankful to have veteran shortstop Jose Reyes take him under his wing and mentor him as he adjusted to his first major league camp.
“I’m so thankful to God first, and then I’m also thankful that I have people like Jose around,” Rosario said. “Jose doesn’t just give me advice on the field, he really tells me how to carry myself as a person off the field as well. To always make the right choices, and to do the right thing. So that’s a really great thing to have.”
FanGraphs recently ranked Rosario their No. 3 prospect in their Top 100:
“An exceptional athlete who has become more explosive and coordinated as his body has matured, Rosario projects as a plus defender at shortstop. His recent physical maturation has also aided his offensive output, though his raw power (which was on par with all but the game’s best power-hitting prospects at the Futures Game) hasn’t shown up on paper yet. If he starts to get to it in games, and if more raw power comes as Rosario’s frame continues to mature, he’s going to be a monster. I consider him the best bet to top this list next year.”
Rosario is coming off a tremendous campaign that saw him bat a combined .324/.376/.462 with 24 doubles, 13 triples, five homers 71 RBI and 19 stolen bases between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year in both the Florida State League and the Eastern League.
I would expect him to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A Las Vegas where he’ll be just one step away from his major league debut. That has yet to be confirmed by the Mets, but we should have some clarification on that within the coming days.