MAJORING ON THE MINORS: TOP 30 PROSPECTS – AMED ROSARIO - VOL.3 – Tom Brennan
By now if you read my first two Top Prospects articles, you know that I approach it a bit differently - 2 lists:
· A top 20 list of guys who are closing in on the big leagues. Guys who could help us in the near future or be trade bait.
· A top 10 list of lower minors guys who likely won’t show up until 2017 or later.
I start with the Top 10 List of Down-The-Road Mets Prospects.
I further sub-divided and ranked the 10 into the top 5 and the next 5.
My Top 5 from I refer to as my GUPPY SQUADRON LEADERS. Guppies from rookie ball headed towards possible future stardom. Budding rock stars. Future multi-millionaires.
Here’s my Guppy Squadron Leader List So Far:
# 1 - Marcos Molina
#2 – Michael Conforto
Today, add to that list #3:
Many consider him an elite future shortstop. Some say he will outgrow the position and maybe his bat won't be elite enough to carry him at another position where robust hitting is more critical to success. Me? I say…stop worrying. My bet is he'll be a solid defensive shortstop and a superior hitting one. Shortstop problem solved for a decade or two.
Signed for nearly $2 million, in 2013 in Kingsport, at the tender age of 17, Rosario (listed at 6’2”, 170, but sure to fill out) held his own – in 58 games, he slashed at .241/.279/.358 - and was chosen to be the top prospect that year coming out of the entire Appalachian League. That certainly was attention-getting
The 18 year old in 2014 in Brooklyn hit very, very well at such a young age in the Mets' highest short season league (.289/.337/.380 in 68 games, with a bit more struggle in a brief 7 game cameo in Savannah), and flashed a bit of speed, with 7 steals and 6 triples. And roughly a K every 5 plate appearances, not troubling. Glove’s been shaky so far, but I’ll worry more about it if he does not show improvement in 2015 at the tender age of 19. I remember another young guy with a shaky glove who improved a bit as he got older: Juan Lagares, maybe you've heard of him.
Rosario. What's not to love? I see no reason that he cannot arrive in Queens in 2017, either as an opening day starting shortstop at age 21, or a mid-season call up. A shortstop with decent pop, on base ability and speed.
Sky's the limit for this young man, who will benefit from full season ball in 2015. My guess is he splits the season between Savannah and St Lucie in 2015. AA and AAA in 2016, with .maybe a half season in 2017 in AAA, then it will be Flushing time for Rosario.
He won’t be without competition for the spot, of course. Milton Ramos was a high 2014 selection, Luis Guillorme has impressed, and closer to the bigs, Matt Reynolds will be jockeying for shortstop playing time with Wilmer Flores in 2015 and 2016, absent a trade. But these things have a way of sorting themselves out. They always do.
Thoughts? Have a great day.