New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has been named to the MLB’s roster for the Japan All-Star Series in November.
Generally, when a fan hears a former top prospect will be playing in Japan, it means he flamed out and the team didn’t get what they want to out of him.
However, fans of the New York Mets needn’t worry about the news that Amed Rosario will play ball in Japan. Instead of signing a contract to play in Nippon Professional Baseball, Rosario will be representing the MLB in their annual Japan All-Star Series, per Gregg Johns of MLB.com (via Twitter).
Full roster announced for MLB team traveling to Japan to face Japanese All-Star squad on Nov. 9-15. In addition to Mitch Haniger, MLB team will also include Erasmo Ramirez and hitting coach Edgar Martinez from the Mariners. pic.twitter.com/sQDaTlY5gS
— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) October 29, 2018
The young infielder had what appeared to be a rough season, slashing .256/.295/.381. His low on-base percentage is especially concerning, as with his blazing speed he would be a great leadoff hitter if he could get on base frequently.
However, as ESNY’s Jeremy Fialkow points out, he had a strong second half and started to shed the label of bust that some prematurely tagged him with. In August he slashed .286/.319/.411, and followed that up in September with a line of .283/.317/.416.
Additionally, from Aug. 1 to the end of the season, Rosario collected 15 stolen bases, after only grabbing nine over the first four months.
Rosario will not be joined by any teammates, nor will any players on the Yankees join him. However, division rivals J.T. Realmuto, who I said the team should target before the season began, Carlos Santana, Ronald Acuna Jr., Rhys Hoskins, and Juan Soto will all join him. Former Met Colin McHugh was named to the team as well.
Pitchers Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka were both left off the roster after trying seasons (more so for Darvish than Tanaka), and two-way star Shohei Ohtani will not play as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Rosario had his ups and downs this season, but has a chance to finish on a high note while picking the brains of veteran teammates on the All-Star team.