Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is starting to blossom into the top prospect he was projected to be in 2016. It is easy to forget he was sandwiched between Victor Robles and Ozzie Albies at #11 on the MLB top prospect list. Rosario took his bumps and bruises throughout his growth and is now a key part of the Mets second half resurgence.
He broke into the big leagues at only 21 with a ton of hype and pressure to live up to it instantly. Rosario quickly showcased his speed, but his bat and defense lagged behind. He showed flashes of his talent throughout the 2018 season but consistently sat around .250 with his average. His extremely low walk rate and negative defensive metrics were also a major cause for concern. Rosario’s poor defense was the most surprising considering it was supposed to be the best part of his game.
National League batting average leaders since the All-Star break:
1. J.D. Davis, NYM, .374
2. Donovan Solano, SFG, .373
3. Raimel Tapia, COL, .367
4. Amed Rosario, NYM, .366
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 16, 2019
He was batting only .242 and visibly looked a player out of position by June 16th. At only 23, the Mets started to think about moving his position and even toyed with the idea of moving him to center field. With so many young players, like his own teammates Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, having instant success it was easy to assume Rosario was a bust.
Success Does Not Come Easily…or Quickly
He continued to work at his game and turned the corner from that point on. Rosario is hitting .354 since June 17th and has only made one error compared to the 13 prior. His ability to drive the ball to all fields also became a major part of his game. His slugging percentage is .519 during his hot streak compared to .420 before.
Amed Rosario leads the major leagues with 86 hits on the road this year.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) August 16, 2019
Rosario is finally molding into the complete player they have needed him to be. It was important for the Mets to show confidence in him no matter how rough it was to watch him play. While his walk rate is still low, Didi Gregorious, was a very similar hitter and has turned out well. Patience will always be key with young player and Rosario has rewarded the Mets for their patience.