Amed Rosario has been disappointing for much of the season this year for the Mets on a number of levels. His offense has been poor with a .242/.286/.368 slash line and only four home runs and 22 RBI to with it, while his defense has been extremely disappointing as he has -10 DRS and a -2.8 UZR.
Nonetheless, the trait that might be the biggest shocker of all early in his young career might be the fact that he hasn’t been able to fully take advantage of the speed he has.
Coming into last night’s game, Rosario only had two triples on the year and four stolen bases as compared to being caught stealing four times for a so-so 50% success rate.
However, last night was a different story for the 22-year old as he went 3-for-4 with two triples, two runs scored, and one RBI.
In the third inning, Rosario hit a long fly ball that Rhys Hoskins collided into the wall trying to get, but quickly popped up to throw it back in. It wasn’t in time to stop the speedy Rosario from sliding into third base, though.
Rosario would then score on Drew Gagnon‘s RBI sacrifice fly, which was the first of the pitcher’s career.
In the fifth inning, Rosario would record his second hit of the night as he would hit a single to left field with two outs in the inning.
The shortstop would take advantage of a tiring starter, Enyel De Los Santos, with one out in the seventh as he would hit an RBI triple that would score Jose Reyes from first base. The Phillies decided to then pull their starter from the game in favor of Mark Leiter Jr. Rosario would still manage to score on an RBI groundout by Michael Conforto.
The Dominican Republic native wasn’t done making an impact, though, as he helped P.J. Conlon escape a jam in the eighth inning as he made a strong throw to second base with his momentum going to his left to start a double play that ended the inning.
Obviously, this is the version of Amed Rosario the Mets have been waiting to see. It might take time, but it’s nights like these that give credence to his former top prospect status.