New York Mets: Amed Rosario Year in Review

Amed Rosario, New York Mets

The New York Mets invested a lot of hope into Amed Rosario and he finally lived up to his potential during the second half of the season. Rosario is still young and seems to only be getting better as he heads into the 2020 season.

Rosario was nothing special with the bat or the glove through the first half of the season. He only hit .260, but showed promise in the power department with nine home runs. His hitting was never consistent as he struggled in May and his defense followed suit.

Move to Center Field?

There were so many issues with Rosario’s defense that it led to discussions about moving him to center field. These conversations happened right around July and it was at that time when he started to pick things up. Rosario hit .340 for July/August and his hot hitting carried over to his defense where he only made five errors for the rest of the season.

In only his age 23 season, it seemed way to soon to give up on him. Guys like Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil outshined Rosario because they came up and had immediate success. People forget that they are both older than Rosario and did not accelerate his growth at the same speed. The Mets continued to play him everyday and it paid off as all they had to do was give their young shortstop time to grow.

Other Areas of Improvement

The number one area of improvement for Rosario has to be in the walk department. In over 50 more plate appearances this season he only walked two more times than he did in 2018. If he is able to improve that part of his game, he will be the perfect leadoff hitter for the Mets.

His second area of improvement has to be in his base stealing ability. He was only successful in 19 of 30 attempts and he is too fast to be a poor base stealer. A lot of his issues were due to a lack of good jumps and in decisiveness on the base paths.

The Mets have to be delighted with what they are seeing from Rosario and confident that he will lead them to a successful 2020.

Grades:

Hitting: B+, .282 average with RISP, .280 with a runner on third and 2 outs.

Power: C, Met expectations with the power

Defense: B, Started bad, but finished great

Speed/Baserunning: C, lack of stealing ability hurts him here

Intangibles: B, looks like a young, quiet leader in the making

Overall: B, have to be pleased with his second half surge to end the season

New York Mets: Marlins Execute the Role of Spoiler

Amed Rosario, New York Mets

The Mets had won seven straight games against the Marlins, but the Marlins and Jorge Alfaro were ready to put a quick end to the Mets season. Miami came into the game with one of the worst offenses in the National League, but managed to muster plenty of offense to steal a 8-4 victory.

The Mets had a chance to open up the game in the bottom of the first but Todd Frazier but popped up to second base. He also had an opportunity to get the Mets on the board in the third, but also popped up with runners on first and second. This was the theme against Caleb Smith who seemed to have base runners on during every inning he pitched, but the Mets could not capitalize.

Matz Shell Shocked

Steven Matz battled through five innings, with his only blemish being a two run home run from Alfaro. In the sixth, he allowed three ground ball singles to load the bases with nobody out. The inning built up with those three innocent hits, then Alfaro capped it off with his heart breaking grand slam.

Matz was visibly frustrated and had the same feeling as other Mets fans. The look signaled it was the end of the road not only for his start, but the official nail in the coffin on the Mets season. They certainly had a chance for a comeback against the Marlins bullpen, but pulling off a six run comeback against any team is quite a feat.

Rosario Slam

The Mets responded very quickly by loading up the bases once again against Smith. All hope seemed lost once Rajai Davis popped up to make the second out of the inning. Amed Rosario launched a grand slam to inch the Mets closer at 6-4. It was his 15th home run and 70th RBI in a season which has been very impressive for the young shortstop.

The Mets seemed to keep the momentum going to get out of the top of the seventh. Brad Brach induced a ground ball to Pete Alonso and beat Harold Ramirez to the first base bag to end the inning…or at least he thought so. It went to a video review which overturned the call and gifted the Marlins two extra runs. It effectively killed any momentum the Mets had built up from the prior inning.

The Mets now chase five games with six left on their schedule. Any combination of a Brewers win and a Mets loss will officially eliminate the Mets from playoff contention. They got as close as one game from a playoff spot, but could never reach the top of the mountain they were climbing for the last two and a half months.

New York Mets: Amed Rosario Finally Reaching His Potential

Amed Rosario, New York Mets

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.

Rosario’s Youth

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.

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.

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.