New York Mets’ Amed Rosario Makes Baseball Prospectus Midseason Top 50 List
Jul 10, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; World infielder Amed Rosario (left) throws to first base as USA runner Ryon Healy slides during the All Star Game futures baseball game at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario was ranked the second best prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus on Thursday.

Baseball Prospectus called Amed Rosario “a potential five-tool shortstop” in its midseason prospects ranking, reaffirming the belief that he could be a force at the next level.

In the article released Thursday afternoon, Rosario was ranked the second biggest prospect in the entire league. He was the only player in the Mets organization to make the list.

Rosario, 21, “is a plus shortstop glove with plus-plus speed,” Jeffrey Paternostro and the BP Prospect Staff observed. He “only slots behind [top overall prospect Yoan] Moncada because of varying reports on the ultimate power projection.”

In 82 games with the Las Vegas 51s this season, Rosario is hitting .320 with 7 homers and 52 runs batted-in. This continues the trend that he started in 2016, when he consistently mashed from the right side of the plate. He will be representing the 51s in both the PCL All Star Game and MLB Futures Game.

In July 2012, Rosario received the largest international signing bonus in franchise history. Consistently playing against older competition, he developed a reputation for being a contact hitter with extra-base power.

For these reasons, the consensus view entering the season was that Rosario would ingress on Flushing sometime this year. That might not happen. The Mets front office has been surprisingly cautious in handling Rosario, even with the team sliding out of playoff contention.

Only time will tell, but Rosario’s future — even if he has to wait to get to the next level — looks bright.

Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.