New York Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario was ranked the second best prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus on Thursday.
Rosario, 21, “is a plus shortstop glove with plus-plus speed,” Jeffrey Paternostro and the BP Prospect Staff observed. He “only slots behind 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.