Amed Rosario is looking for a fresh start and wants to prove himself this year after being the New York Mets top prospect last year.
Rosario was the Mets top prospect last year. New manager Mickey Callaway has compared Rosario’s athleticism to Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. The shortstop, who could be considered to be in the development stage, is working on getting better this spring.
“It’s been good because I don’t try to put more pressure on myself,” he told David Lennon of Newsday through an interpreter. “So I can try to focus what’s going on the field rather than what’s outside of it.”
Last year Rosario appeared in 46 games for the Mets. He had a slash line of .248/.271/.394 with four home runs. He feels that he is really prepared for this season.
“I feel so much healthier and prepared for this season since I’ve had a little time in the majors. I know what to expect now,’’ he told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “I saw that the game was quicker and that I have to make adjustments quicker. I learned a lot and being there helps me for this year.’’
He added, per Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com, “Last year was hard because I was trying to do overdo myself. Have a big strike zone and I strike out so much. That didn’t help me.”
With Adrian Gonzalez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Todd Fraizer, and Jose Reyes, who is Rosario’s mentor, the shortstop will have a lot of people to lean on as he works to be better. Reyes has already noticed a difference in Rosario.
“That’s good for him,” Reyes said. “Coming in to play in New York, you don’t want people to put you way up there (Reyes raises both hands high). You want to be normal. For him, he’s going to be fine. The sky is the limit for this kid. He can do everything he wants to do.”
Let’s hope that Rosario proves himself this year.