My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#7 – SS – Amed Rosario – 19-years old – 6-2, 170 – R/R
Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic – International free agent signee
2013 – Kingsport – 212-AB, .241, .279, .358, 637, 3-HR, 23-RBI
2014 – Brklyn-Sav – 296-AB, .274/.320/.372/691, 2-HR, 27-RBI
The Mets signed Rosario in July 2012 with the largest signing bonus in team history ($1.75mil).
Defensively, he’s way ahead of where other 19-year olds play this game. He did have trouble with the game in 2013 with Kingsport, but he’s starting to allow his natural ability take over his game in the field.
Offensively, he’s still learning the game, though his Brooklyn numbers, along with his field play, impressed most scouts that followed this team.
The Mets will not rush Rosario. He’ll return to Savannah… if… Gavin Cecchini returns to St. Lucie, Phillip Evans plays Binghamton, and Matt Reynolds/Wilfredo Tovar play Las Vegas.
I hope the Mets don’t make a mistake here and rush Rosario to St. Lucie. He still has a lot to learn with a bat in his hand.
Rosario projects out to be the best shortstop prospect in the system, but he won’t be ready until 2018 at the earliest.